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.

windermere cycle trail

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/