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.
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.