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Cycling on the lake shore

Cycling on the lake shore

Ride on a traffic free route by Windermere lake shore. Climb through the trees to emerge on Claife Heights, with grand views of the Coniston fells and pass the delightfully-named. Wise Een and Moss Eccles Tarns. Tis route is about 25% off r

Route Information

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 3 out of 5
Technicality 3 out of 5
OS map Landranger 90 & 97, Explorer OL 7
Toilets Hawkshead, Wray Castle
Refreshments Hawkshead, Wray Castle and Near Sawrey

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Hawkshead-High Cunsey-Wray Castle-Claife Heights-Near Sawrey-Hawkshead

Duration: 2-4 hours

Miles: 14

Route Details

From Hawkshead Post Office in the centre of the village head south past the Sun Inn to a T-Junction, go straight ahead, signed ‘Newby Bridge.’

Just before the start of a steep hill turn left, go through a gate onto a bridleway signed ‘Cunsey’. Go through the woods and a shallow ford and alongside Cunsey beck. Where the track divides fork left.

Turn left onto a surfaced road and follow it through Cunsey, bear right, signed ‘Windermere via ferry’. After climbing a short steep hill, turn right unsigned by a white house on the left to descend to a T-junction.

Turn right and descend to the lake shore. Where the main road bears right go straight ahead, signed the ‘The Lake Shore’, Continue by the lake shore onto a well surfaced track. Bear right at Red Nab car park. Signed ‘Wray Castle’. The track eventually climbs away from the lake to meet a road with Wray Castle on the right.

Turn left to High Wray

Turn left onto a bridleway, signed ‘Claife Heights’. Follow this uphill steadily, through a gate into the forest.

Where the forest road forks, go right to continue uphill to the point where a bridleway crosses at the top of the hill. Continue straight ahead on the forest road, signed ‘Far Sawrey’, up a short climb and round a hairpin bend, after which the track becomes a grassy bridleway. Pass through a gate out of the woods onto Claife Heights. Follow the obvious track ahead, with a small tarn on the left hand the larger Wise Een tarn on the right, through a shallow ford and up a short rocky climb. Then descend to Moss Eccles tarn, with views of the Coniston Fells on the right. Continue on the track, eventually passing through a gate and descending to where the track forks.

Go right through a gate signed ‘Near Sawrey’ to descend to Near Sawrey.

At the T junction in Near Sawrey, turn right to return to Hawkshead.

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