The Lake District Coast is a great starting (and ending) point for cyclists, criss-crossed by many different routes.
If you want to get out for some fresh air on your own bike, take a look at some of our suggestions, with waymarked routes and even guided rides for those who’re not sure whether to take the next left or right!
The Long Distance Cyclist
Great to dip into for a flavour of the area, the Western Lakes is crisscrossed by long distance cycle routes. Read on for some of the best and where to get more information.
A newer and exciting addition is NCN Route 72. Part of this route, from Ravenglass northwards to Silloth and onward to South Shields, is already open. Known as Hadrians Cycleway, it roughly follows Hadrians Wall and his coastal line of defences which ran south to Ravenglass, a major port in Roman times.
Find out more about the many National and Regional Cycleway Network routes in our area s and obtain maps and guides from Sustrans.
Cycle for Pleasure
If you’re cycling as part of a great day out, take a look at our suggestions for waymarked and guided rides below, plus how to find out more about short and long routes in our area. To your bikes!
The Lake District National Park arrange a number of guided cycle rides every year. Available at a range of different venues, they’re a great way to see an area you don’t know. See their website for more details.
Got an electric bike? You’ll find a network of electric bike charging points around our region, including Ravenglass and Dalegarth Stations on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and also at Muncaster Castle.
Looking for a challenge? or perhaps just to enjoy as a spectator; the Western Lake District hosts a number of major cycling events. Find out more about them below.
Taking place annually in May, the Fred Whitton Challenge is regarded as one of the toughest one-day road races around, crossing all the Lake District high passes in an 112 mile race.
Bike & Equipment Hire
Looking for bike and cycling equipment hire? Look at providers in the area below.
…or how about a different adventure?
There’s far more to the Western Lakes than walking and cycling. Here’s where you can find out about a host of other activities, for a day out less ordinary.
What will you try?
Climb, ghyll-scramble, sail, canoe, paddle-board, wild-swim, ride a horse, mush some huskies – the world is your oyster. Bring your own gear or sign up with a local accredited activity provider.
Find an adventure provider
Check out adventure activity providers in our local area below.