Cycling Lake District

Womens cycling is a Breeze in Cumbria

As cycling is growing in popularity, more and more women are enjoying and benefits to be had from getting out on a bike. From the scenery to health benefits and the social nature this fabulous sport can offer.

All too often women are more worried about the lycra and the hair flattening helmet (obviously these two factors also affect men too!) but a bicycle opens up so much more of the countryside to explore especially in locations such as Cumbria and the Lake District. Areas can be reached otherwise inaccessible by car and having a car free day is great for the soul and the planet.

But programmes such as HSBC Breeze UK by British Cycling, championed and promoted via the letsride.co.uk website, has been a real catalyst in introducing more and more women to cycling. It is a women only programme made up of support, women-only rides and a variety of levels and abilities. Regular events take place such as guided bike rides take place offering off-road and traffic free routes to get beginners into cycling and to gain confidence ranging from mountain bike routes to road bike routes. But Breeze also supports and promotes women’s cycling at a higher level such as the OVO Women’s Tour of Britain starting June 13th 2018 and sportives across the country.

cycling kendal

But for beginners, Cumbria and the Lake District is the key to getting gripped by this sport. Combine it with a weekend away with friends and sign up for one of the Breeze events in Cumbria. Kendal is the place to be with weekly Breeze events organised via Kendal Cycle Club. With various routes depending on the time of year, have the chance to explore areas many people may not have visited so to venture there and do it on a bike is even more special.

Cycle friendly accommodation in a good location to serve many of these events can be found at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal. Complete with restaurant and comfortable lounge bar, sip a glass of wine and talk about the day on the bike and make a weekend out of it. Secure cycle storage available and choose to arrive by bike, car or train. Book direct via https://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/ and enjoy a £10 voucher towards refueling food & drink during your stay!

Make This Year The Summer of Cycling in Cumbria

Road, mountain, family, solo, group, trail and long distance cycling can all be enjoyed in huge amount in Cumbria and within the Lake District National Park.

Take part in totally for leisure cycling or be put through the paces in one of the many challenges either road or off road that are held every year in the county.

The confirmation of Cumbria being one of the best and most challenging locations to cycle in UK has surely been confirmed by the increase in number of large, cycling sportives taking place such as the ever growing and acclaimed Fred Whitton Challenge and most definitely the popularity of the Tour of Britain when it visits this region. Whether it’s Honister Pass and that iconic year or the Carlisle to Kedal stage and the summit finish of Beast Banks right in the centre of Kendal, visitors from far and wide come to witness some of the best cyclists in the world being challenged on the Lake District roads and passes.

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With improved routes and cycle lanes it really is the summer to take up cycling if not done already or come and visit Cumbria to indulge even more so in the obsession with the sport. A bicycle enables areas of this very sparsely populated, with many hard to reach locations become accessible, summed up perfectly in the image above. New cycle paths are opening all the time with the latest linking the West Cumbria villages of Gosforth and Seascale. This route means visitors can arrive by train to Seascale and then safely cycle to Gosforth which then links to the Western Lake District valley’s of Eskdale and Wasdale.

Cycle friendly accommodation is becoming more and more widespread making it even easier to visit with the two wheeled instrument of torture. It is pleasing to see small B&B’s through to self catering cottage owners and now larger hotels encouraging cyclists to stay. The new Lake District travel website All of The Lake District has lots of great cyclist friendly places to sty and easy to navigate maps showing where to refuel also. Visit https://www.allofthelakedistrict.co.uk/ for All of the Lake District Accommodation.

Beer & Bikes this Bank Holiday in Langdale

The first Langdale Beer & Bikes Festival will be taking place on Spring Bank Holiday Saturday May 29th.

Starting at 11am at Chapel Stile in the stunning Langdale Valley, the organisers have compiled a fantastic choice of bike rides, guided by volunteers, both road and mountain biking routes.

Choose from 100km or 60km road routes, 40/50km and 25km mountain biking routes led by the team at Bike Treks and  Breeze Network womens bike ride 32km distance. But the festival isn’t just for the more advanced cyclists out there, there’s also a British Cycling Sky Ride 7km family ride as well as another family ride at 6km in distance. Whether it’s the 100km monster or the 6km family route, all riders will experience the beautiful scenery in and around the Langdale Valley.

langdale beer bikes

But it’s not just all about bikes, there’s beer too as co organisers Bowness Bay Brewing will be there providing a first free pint as well as low priced subsequent ones from their range of real ales brewed locally. Food will also be available provided by Langdale Primary School before setting off for the bike rides in the form of bacon buns, tea & coffee in return for a small donation. After the ride enjoy a hog roast yo go with the no doubt very much needed pint!

Our accommodation tip – the Langdale Hotel & Spa – https://www.langdale.co.uk

So a great for everyone, non cyclists welcome. For more information visit http://www.langdalebeerandbikes.co.uk/.

Discover Windermere’s Western Shore by Bike

There have been so many high octane events going on in the Lake District this year, new triathlons, cycle sportives and walking challenges on top of the long standing events such as the Fred Whitton, Keswick to Barrow walk and Brathay to Windermere marathon. But the outdoors can still be enjoyed at a slightly more leisurely pace whilst still be outside and active.

Cycling is a way to enjoy the outdoors and more miles are covered than on foot. This year yet more cycle routes have been created enabling safer and more enjoyable cycling around the Lake District National Park especially around Windermere.

But one route that is proving very popular and now links up to other routes is the Lake Windermere west shore cycle trail. See Windermere from a different angle looking across to Bowness on this much improved route. A suggested route starts from the Windermere car ferry which operates regularly from Ferry Nab at Bowness across the Lake. A leisurely 4 miles on mainly bridleways and the newly renovated paths with a small amount of quiet road cycling. A quick hop back on the ferry and visitors are back to their hotel before they know it.

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Windermere west short cycle trail

For those wishing to cycle a little further, the west shore trail links up to the brand new Ambleside – Langdale trail which is a proving a great success since its launch earlier this month enabling safe cycling over to the Langdale Valley.

Guests staying in Windermere without a bike or helmet can easily hire these at Windermere Station where route maps are available so too from the Tourist Information centre there. What better way to work up an appetite for a delicious dinner back at the hotel than a bike ride!

Hotels close to the station for ease include Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant. A hotel with restaurant and a bar but also centrally located for banks and other facilities. More information can be found here http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/