Cyclists in the Lake District are spoiled for choice! There are a variety of country lanes, permitted cycleways and bridleways to suit all experience levels, and you can be sure of fantastic views along the way!
Belinda has worked as a housekeeper at the Newby Bridge Hotel for almost a year. She is originally from Devon and has been living in the Lake District for almost 6 years with her husband, 2 kids and her 2 rescue rabbits (Flopsy and Mopsy)!. Belinda and her husband are both keen cyclists and have travelled extensively around Europe, (cycling the majority of it)! Cycling is a big part o their lives and Belinda tells me that the Lake District is by far the their favourite place to cycle! This week she tells me all about her and her husband's favourite cycle routes around the Lake District. I've listed some of the more popular and routes suitable for all abilities and ages."
"Myself and my husband have lived in the Lake District for almost 6 years and we try and do a different cycle every weekend, and we have yet to do the same route twice. There is such a variety, from a relaxing saunter around Lake Windermere to Loughrigg Loop (which is my personal favourite!).
Loughrigg Loop is located in the heart of the Lakes and is a favourite among cyclists and walkers alike. Although the tough climbs and descents will test your ability, the stunning view will make it worth your while. Route can be downloaded at: Loughrigg Loop Cycle Route.
The Borrowdale Bash - this classic mountain bike route starts and ends in Keswick. The first leg takes the road south along the east bank of Derwent Water before climbing into the fells past Ashness Bridge and towards Watendlath Tarn. Birkett's Leap then drops you back into the Borrowdale valley and climbs the other side where it descends once again, flanking High Scawdel and returning north to Keswick via the Allerdale Ramble high above the west bank of Derwent Water. You can download the route at Borrowdale Bash Cycle Route .
Skiddaw Loop Route - One of the Lakeland classic's, we have been enjoying this route since the dawn of cycling. We would recommend a mountain bike for this route. The ride circles the Skiddaw Massif formed by the eruptions of ancient volcanoes, which dominate the surrounding areas. The entire route presents few real challenges but does explore some of the wilder corners of the northern fells. Offering a wonderful wilderness flavour. Route finding is straightforward but have proper equipment and supplies, including OS Landranger 90, a compass, should visibility deteriorate. The route is less complicated in a clockwise direction. You can download the route at Skiddaw Loop Route.