cycling guides...

Cumbria is perfect for exploring by bike with country lanes, quiet back roads and lots of National Cycle Network routes to explore.

The cycling guides below offer a good introduction to the county and some suggested routes.

 

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the Lake District: Cycling around the Three Valleys

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Route 1 - Hawkshead to Claife Heights (medium, moderate - challenge, 15 miles)

Route 2 - Hawkshead to Cunsey (medium, moderate - challenge, 14 miles)

Route 3 - Hawkshead to Brathay (short, moderate - challenge, 10 miles)

Route 4 - Hawkshead to Rusland Valley (medium, moderate - challenge, 19 miles)

Route 5 - Hawkshead to Wray Castle (medium, easy - challenge, 12.5 miles)

 
 

the Lake District: Cycling around the Three Valleys

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Route 1 - Windermere to Staveley (short, medium - challenge, 10.8 miles)

Route 2 - Kentmere (short, easy - challenge, 8.1 miles)

Route 3 - Newby Bridge and Grange over Sands (medium, long - challenge, 24.1 miles)

Route 4 - Winster and Crosthwaite (medum, moderate - challenge, 16.1 miles, add 3 miles for return along A591 cycle route)

Route 5 - Whitbarrow Circuit (medium,easy,moderate - challenege, 17.5 miles)

 
 

the Lake District: Cycling around the Cartmel Peninsula

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Route 2 - Humphrey Head & Holker Hall (easy, moderate - challenge, 8 miles plus 3.5 miles for trip to Holker)

Route 5 - Grange over Sands (easy - challenge, 6.5 miles each way/ 13 miles return)

 
 

the Lake District: Cycling from Bowness and Windermere

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Route 1 - Windermere's western shore (medium, moderate - challenge, 14.2 miles)

Route 2 - Troutbeck & Staveley (medium -challenge, 19.1 miles)

Route 3 - Claife Heights & Hawkshead (medium, hard - challenge, 12.4 miles)

Route 4 - Tour of Lake Windermere (medium - challenge, 22.5 miles)

Route 5 - Kendal to Windermere by the back roads (medium, nhard - challenege, 15.8 miles)

 
 

the Lake District: Cycling from Ambleside

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the lake district: 4 seasons fred whitton bike tour


This 112 mile road biking route is based on a real classic 'The Fred Whitton Challenge'. Following the route of the one day challenge this guide allows you to complete this infamous route at your own pace. Starting from Coniston it takes in the most famous lakeland passes, including Hardknott and Wrynose, before returning to Coniston. Perfect for a personal challenge or in preparation for the big one day event in May.

 
 

the lake district: Cycling from Coniston

 

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Route 1 - Little Langdale(short - challenge, 9.3 miles)

Route 2 - Tarn Hows (short - challenge, 8.7 miles)

Route 4 - Coniston Water & Subberthwaite Common(medium - moderate to long - hard, 17.5 mile to 22.5 miles)

 
 
 
 

the western lake district: cycling from cleator moor & egremont


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Route 1 - St. Bees Coastal (medium - moderate, 14.7 miles)

Route 2 - Under Cold Fell (short - challenge, 8.1 miles)

Route 3 - Lamplugh Loop & Loweswater (medium - hard, 19.9 miles)

Route 4 - Whitehaven & St. Bees Head (medium - hard, 18 miles)

Route 5 - Ennerdale Water (medium - hard, 16.8 miles)

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the eden valley: Cycling from Penrith

 

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Route 1 - Edge of Lakeland (long - moderate, 31 miles)

Route 2 - Greystoke and back (medium - moderate, 15 miles)

Route 3 - Eden Valley (long - hard, 29 miles)

Route 4 - Lowther Valley (long - moderate, 26 miles)

Route 5 - Lyvennet Valley (long - moderate, 30.5 miles)

 

 
 

the eden valley: Biking around Ullswater

 

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Route 1 - Ullswater's North Western Fells (medium - challenge, 13 miles)

Route 2 - Moor Divock (medium - hard, 14.6 miles)

Route 3 - The Old Coach Road (medium - challenge, 19.5 miles)

Route 4 - Great Mell Fell & Little Mell Fell Cycle Loop (medium - challenge, 17.3 miles)

Route 5 - Boredale & Eastern Flanks of Ullswater (medium - challenge, 18.6 miles)

 
 

the north pennines: biking around alston

 

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Route 1 - Brampton & Haltwhistle Tour (long - challenge, 47 miles)

Route 2 - Newshield & West Allendale (long - challenge, 22 miles)

Route 3 - River South Tyne (short - challenge, 10 miles)

Route 4 - Nenthead & Garrigill (medium - challenge, 18 miles)

Route 5 - Cross Fell Mountain Bike Ride (hard-challenge, 13.7 miles)

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Family Routes

 

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askham fell- the eden valley (easy mountain bike ride, 4.4 miles)

hodge close quarry- the lake district (mountain bike ride, 3.85 miles) 

kirkland to cleator moor- the solway coast (easy cycling route, 10.4 miles)

threlkeld to keswick- the lake district (easy cycling, 7.3 miles)

windermere lake shore- the lake district (easy mountain bike ride, 6.9 miles)

 

 
 

routes


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askham fell - the eden valley (off road mountain biking, 7.1 miles)

carlisle and river caldew- hadrian's wall country (mainly cycle paths, 18 miles)

claife heights- the lake district (mountain biking, 9 miles)

ennerdale water- the western lakes (mountain bike forest tracks and quiet back roads, 19 miles)

ulverston to penny bridge- the lake district (tarmac backroads with lots of hills, 13 miles)

whitehaven harbour to ennerdale bridge- the solway coast (traffic free cycle paths and back roads, 20.5 miles)

 
 
 

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