• Damson Dene Hotel
    Near Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Riverside Hotel
    Located in Kendal town centre
  • Newby Bridge Hotel
    Overlooking Lake Windermere
  • Cuckoo Brow Inn
    Close to Lake Windermere
  • Windermere Park
    Windermere Village

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The Lake District is the perfect destination for cycling whether you are looking for quiet country lanes, tough mountain passes with spectacular scenery or challenging mountain bike trails. You won’t get bored of cycling in the Lakes.

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MTB Trail Centres

We are lucky to have a couple of excellent trail centres in the region which both offer bit something for everyone. In the south we have Grizedale Forest which has forest road and bridleways for safe family riding, plus the North Face single track route which gives experienced riders an adrenaline rush. In the north we have the Whinlatter Altura Trails which has been nominated as the Best Trail Centre in the UK. Here you will find a choice of an easier blue route and a challenging red route which also contains some black sections. At Whinlatter you can hire bikes and they also run a number of skills courses and MTB qualifications.

Mountain Passes

  • In the central lakes you will find the passes of Wrynose, Blea Tarn and Kirkstone which offers a choice of routes to the summit including the aptly named The Struggle!
  • Out to the West you will find Hardknott Pass, which is the steepest road in England with a maximum gradient of 33%, plus Birker Fell, Corney Fell, Kiln Bank and Cold Fell.
  • To the north you will find the stunning but tough Honister Pass with its slate mine at the summit, plus Newlands Pass and Whinlatter.
  • To the east you will find the Pennines which includes Dun Fell, arguably the toughest climb in the county and Hartside Pass which finishes 2,480 feet above sea level.


  • Fred Whitton Challenge is without doubt one of the toughest sportives in the country. The is held on the 2nd Sunday in May and consists of a gruelling 112 miles including the passes of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Cold Fell, Hardknott and Wrynose.
  • The Lakeland Loop is a toned down version of the Fred Whitton. It is held annually in April and consists of 70 miles tough miles including a sting in the tail to finish. The route takes in Dunmail Raise, Whinlatter, Cold Fell, Hardknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn.
  • Team Townend Challenge - This is a cracking event and one not to be missed. It takes place late April from it's base near Lorton and offers a choice of a tame 22 mile route or a tough 45 mile route which takes in Whinlatter, Newlands, Honister and back over Whinlatter. 
  • Wrynose or Bust has something for everyone. It takes place late April and offers a choice of routes including 37 miles, 72 miles and 117 miles. As the name implies Wrynose Pass is included on the long route.
  • Great Dun Fell Sportive takes place annually in May. It is 64 miles in total and includes a 5 mile ascent of Great Dun Fell to finish.

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  • Damson Dene Hotel - 015395 68676
  • Riverside Hotel - 01539 734861
  • Newby Bridge Hotel - 015395 31222
  • Cuckoo Brow - 015394 43425
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