Cycling in the Lakes
At Holmlea bed and breakfast we love cycling in the Lakes as it is one of the most fun and enjoyable things to do. Cycling can bring back your childhood memories of riding on your first bike. Bicycling in the Lakes can be done at any age or ability. We have friends over 70 years of age who have electric bikes and are still enjoying quiet lanes and off road trails of the Lake District National Park.
The health benefits of riding a bike can increase muscle strength, flexibility and improve joint mobility. Riding around the beautiful Lake District can lower stress levels and even improve posture and coordination.
Using you own bike or a hired bike from one of the bike hire centres, you can set off and make your own adventure in the Lake District.
Cycling allows a freedom for you to simply enjoy the inspirational Lake District environment. You can go as far as you wish and simply enjoy the great outdoors.
It is recommended you carry out some safety checks before setting off on your Lake District adventure.
- Wear a helmet. It is important to wear a good fitting helmet
- Clothing. What to wear for biking?
Some suggestions are:
Cycling glasses, Waterproof jacket, Waterproof trousers, Cycling shoes or trainers, a quality pair of socks to keep your tootsies toastier, Gloves, Padded Underwear, Cycling Shorts and a Backpack or Pannier Bags for any important personal things.
- Check your bike. Check tire pressures. Wheel nuts and for anything else that may be loose. Check gear operation and those all important brakes.
- Carry a puncture repair kit
- Carry a basic first aid kit. .
- Plan your route and the time to complete the route there and back.
- Be Heard. When coming across walkers always give a polite ding of your bell to let them know you are coming past. A kind thank you always helps after you pass.
- Riding on the road you must always follow the Highway Code.
- Carry loose change for refreshments or in case you need to travel on the Cross Lake Shuttle or Windermere Ferry.
Routes and Trails
On various cycle routes and trails you can be navigating through forests, Lakeland streams, or some narrow mountain trails. This is why good bike maintenance and awareness is important when adventuring through the stunning Lake District hills and valleys.
Here are a few suggestions of where you can ride to get you started.
Windermere West Shore Cycle Route to Wray Castle
One easy/moderate ride that we love to do on our days off here at Holmlea is a 4 mile ride along the western side of Windermere Lake to Wray Castle. This is one of the best cycle routes in the Lake District, starting from Windermere ferry house running parallel with the Lake using part road and a wide forestry trail. There are some wonderful views of the Lake and plenty of areas for picnicking. This route can be continued on to Ambleside (3.6 Miles) if desired, following the blue route signs from Wray Castle.
Grisedale Forest has some great cycling trails and for a more challenging ride there are mountain bike trails. You can use your own bike or hire a bike from Grizedale Mountain Bike hire in Grisedale Forest.
For more information of the Cycling and mountain biking trails at Grizedale, See https://www.forestryengland.uk/grizedale/cycling-and-mountain-biking-trails-grizedale. Here you will find some brilliant experience adventure rides for all levels of cycling abilities.
Like Grisedale, Whinlatter Forest has some great cycling trails. nWhinlatter is set within a World Heritage Site of the Lake District National Park. The forest of Whinlatter has views of Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. Whinlatter also boasts to have the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District.
For useful information of Cycling at Whinlatter Forest see https://www.forestryengland.uk/whinlatter-forest/cycling-and-mountain-biking-trails-whinlatter
Links to help you get biking:
Grizedale Mountain Bike hire Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead, LA22 0QJ.
Tel: 01229 860335
Country Lanes bike hire The Railway Station, Windermere Village, LA23 1AH
Tel: 015394 44544