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Cycling on Windermere's western shore

Cycling on Windermere's western shore

The cycle track sandwiched between the lake edge and the steep flanks of Claife Heightsgives a gentle out and back introduction to this quiet corner of the Lake District.

Route Information

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
OS map Landranger 90 0r Ecplorer OL 7
Toilets Bowness- Wray Castle
Refreshments Windermere- Bowness-Wray castle

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Windermere-Bowness-Wray Castle-Bowness-Windermere

Duration: 2-4 hours

Miles: 14

Route Details

1. Carefully turn left out of the railway station and follow the one-way (A5074) system south through Windermere. Once out of Winderemere continue south on the A5074 (Lake Road) and follow to Bowness, downhill to the mini roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout and follow the A592, signed as cycle route to Ambleside past the steamer piers to take the second turning right (signed cycle route to Ambleside and 2 coach park"). The cycle path skirts the left hand side of the rectory grounds and leads straight on to the car park at Ferry Nab.

2. Turn carefully right out of the car park and head down to the Windermere car ferry. Take the ferry over the lake. On the other side follow the road past Ferry House to the first turning on the right, signed cycle route to Ambleside. Make the turn and join the lane that follows the western shore of Windermere. This lane and the subsequent cycle track should then be followed North all the way to the road at the entrance to Wray Castle, again following the cycle route to Ambleside. Turn right and head up the drive to Wray Castle.


3. Once you have enjoyed Wray Castle and its tearooms, retrace your route back along the lake shore cycle track, catch the ferry back and up to the mini roundabout in Bowness. Instead of heading back up past the shops take the A592 Rayrigg Road left off the roundabout and follow it for 1.5km to a turning on the right for Birthwaite Road. Carefully turn onto it and follow it uphill to join the A5074 at a T-junction. Turn L and follow the one-way system until it is possible to turn right (sign for Kendal). At a junction with the A591 carefully join the filter lane on the right for the railway station. Turn right and enter the station access road to finish.

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