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Kirkby Stephen

Speaking from personal experience cycling the Coast to Coast has to be on your bucket list!

 

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Hawkshead

The North Face trail is a single track trail designed for experienced mountain bikers with better quality mountain bikes. Please be aware that this trail is not for tag-alongs or trailers bikes.

 

Coniston

This is the best way we can find to this well-known beauty spot by bike. Climbs up into Grizedale Forest on forest road where very fine views start to unfurl.

Cycle Route: Tarn Hows Circuit, Near Consiton

  • Access: X30 bus, X53 bus take 2 bikes each
  • Miles: 9
 

Kirkby Stephen

Crossings of the Eden, Belah, Argill Beck, Swindale Beck and Scandal Beck rivers, plus medieval Brough Castle (English Heritage) all feature on this ride.

Cycle Route: Kirkby Stephen, Winton, Church Brough, Brough

  • Miles: 16
 

Kirkby Stephen

The narrow dale of Mallerstang is the uppermost and remotest part of the Eden Valley (leading to the source of the River Eden on Black Fell Moss).

Cycle Route: Kirkby Stephen, Nateby

  • Miles: 12
 

Kirkby Stephen

The only ride in this guide with some traffic-free sections, including the shared use dismantled railway route over two viaducts, once part of the coke carrying Stainmore Railway (more details from www.nvt.org.uk).

Cycle Route: Kirkby Stephen

  • Miles: 12
 

Kendal

Cycle south from Kendal on Sustrans NCN 6 on quiet lanes enjoying views across low rounded hills to the Lakeland and Howgill fells.

Cycle Route: Kendal, Milnthorpe, Arnside

 

Kendal

A scenic ride with spectacular views extending from the Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay in the south to the Langdale Pikes and the Helvellyn range to the north.

Cycle Route: Kenda l, Natland & Mealbank

  • Miles: 8
 

Kendal

In their haste to get into the heart of the Lake District many people overlook this triangle of fells between Kendal and Windermere. Due to its spaced out topography and network of lanes this quiet corner of cumbria is best explored by bike

Cycle Route: Kendal-Brigsteer-Underbarrow-Crosthwaite-Windermere

  • Duration: 1.5-3 hours
  • Miles: 16
 

Cartmel

This short ride has a bit of everything- the delights of Cartmel with its Priory, lovely square and range of cafes, pubs and restaurants, a chance to walk to the end of Humphrey Head for spectacular views of Morecambe Bay...

Cycle Route: Cartmel-Flookburgh-Cartmel

  • Duration: 1.5-3 hours
  • Miles: 8
 

Barrow-in-Furness

Morecambe Bay's fantastic cycle way. Have your own big adventure on two wheels!

 

Ambleside

Claife Heights, an area of low fells lying west of Windermere, is an excellent venue for those new to mountain biking.

  • Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Miles: 19
 

Ambleside

Between Ambleside and Coniston is an intricate network of low fells and twisting dales.

Cycle Route: Ambleside-Tarn Hows-Coniston-Hodge Close-Little Langdale-Elterwater-Ambleside

  • Duration: 2.5-4 hours
  • Miles: 19
 

Ambleside

This ride is one for toughies on mountain bikes.

Cycle Route: Ambleside-Clappersgate-Knipe Fold-Hodge Close-Elterwater-Skelwith Bridge-Ambleside

  • Duration: 2.5-4 hours
  • Miles: 19
 

Ambleside

Making frequent stops and taking in all the attractions of an area is all part of the fun of being on a bike.

  • Duration: 3-6 hours
  • Miles: 26
 

Ambleside

Langdale is the closest valley to Ambleside which leads you right into the heart of the Lake District's core mountain range.

  • Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Miles: 16
 

Ambleside

The fells just west of Ambleside are gentler than the higher fells and offer a good introduction to those new to the Lake District.

Cycle Route: Ambleside - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Tarn - Ambleside

  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours
  • Miles: 8
 
 

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