Saddle up to join the Lake District on the road to World Heritage

Published on: 29 Sep 2015

The latest guided Sky Ride is set to take place on Sunday (4 Oct) featuring many of the special qualities of the Ambleside to Grasmere area that will be shared in the Lake District’s 2016 bid for World Heritage status.

This ten-mile ride is one of 60 Sky Rides led by British Cycling-trained leaders taking place across Cumbria this year thanks to investment from British Cycling, See More: Cumbria and the Lake District and Active Cumbria, along with the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Carlisle City Council.

Cyclists will be joined by a volunteer National Park ranger who will pause during the route to show examples of how man has shaped the Lake District that we see today, through farming, industry, the picturesque and romantic movements and the birth and continuation of conservation. It is these special qualities that will position the Lake District as a ‘cultural landscape’ in the bid for World Heritage status in 2016, ranking it alongside the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal.

The ride, on Sunday 4 October, will depart from outside Ambleside Primary School by the park gates at 11.00am. The new trail is almost totally free of traffic and passes Rydal and Grasmere lakes. There will be some free time in Grasmere village for refreshment before heading back, returning around 3.00pm.

The ride will be at a steady pace geared towards older families (minimum age eight years) and casual cyclists. And for anyone who doesn’t have a bike to hand, these may be hired from Ghyllside Cycles just up the road from the start.

To find out more and to book your free place visit and search for rides from “Ambleside”.

To find out more about the Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status in 2016 visit

In July 2014, £1 million of revenue funding was secured for 2015/16 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) through a partnership bid between the County Council and the Lake District National Park Authority.

See More Cumbria and the Lake District is a programme of work being delivered by Cumbria County Council, The Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria Tourism which will maximise the economic benefit of travel in the county by focussing on the quality of visitor travel to Cumbria’s international destinations, particularly the Lake District.

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