Long distance cycle routes...
Stunning scenery, quite country roads and miles and miles of cycle network tracks make the Lake District, Cumbria the perfect place for long distance cycling.
Some of the most popular long distance routes in the country pass through the Lake District, Cumbria and they are a fantastic way of exploring the best the county has to offer.
Sea 2 Sea (C2C)
Route: Irish Sea to the North Sea (Workington or Whitehaven to Newcastle or Sunderland)
Distance: 140 miles
NCN route(s): 14, 71, 7
One of the most popular routes in the UK the Sea to Sea starts on the coast of West Cumbria and passes through the Northern Lakes and the Eden Valley before heading on to the Northern Pennines and across to the East Coast.
*Although the traditional route has been damaged in the 2016 floods the c2c is still rideable with some diversions. Check one of the many route guide websites for details or book your trip through a cycle holiday provider
The Lakes & Dales Loop (L&D Loop)
Route: following the boundary of the Lake District National Park on its north, west and south sides. It then completes the loop by linking the Lune and Eden Valleys to the east.
Distance: 190 miles
A 190 mile cycle route taking in some of the most scenic landscapes across Cumbria. The Lakes and Dales Loop is a circular route using quieter lanes, which will appeal to a range of cycling interests and abilities.The suggested start and finish point at Penrith is also easily accessible for cyclists travelling to Cumbria on the train via the West Coast mainline.
Route: Ravenglass to South Shields
Distance: 174 miles
Covering the length of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site this route takes in views of the coast and countryside, historical and modern attractions, and lovely villages and towns.
Pennine Cycleway (Northern)
Route: Appleby or Penrith to Berwick on Tweed
Distance: Appleby to Berwick 150 miles. Penrith to Berwick 138 miles.
Spectacular scenery and unspoilt countryside is one of the highlights of this route as you travel from the Eden Valley north to Berwick upon Tweed including the Eden Valley, the North Pennines and the Northumberland National Park.
Route: Tynemouth to Whitehaven
Distance: 173 miles
Also known as the reverse C2C this route starts at the mouth of the River Tyne and winds its way through the lovely towns, villages and countryside of the North before finishing at the coastal town of Whitehaven.
For more information on long distance routes please visit the Hadrian's Wall Country website (opens in a new window).