Cyclists by lakeshore copyright Charlie Hedley
Cyclists by lakeshore


Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in the Lake District National Park. There are country lanes, permitted cycleways and bridleways with some fantastic views!

For mountain bikers, Whinlatter Forest and Grizedale Forest (open in new window) are criss-crossed with routes ranging from those suitable for beginners to more challenging levels.

And if you want to go on a touring holiday, an increasing number of hotels and B and Bs cater for those travelling light. Check out Go Lakes (opens in new window).

Bike hire

You can hire bikes across the Lake District. For bikes, electric bikes, tagalongs and bike trailers try Bike hire at Coniston Boating Centre (opens in new window)

Or why not hire a bike at Brockhole on the shores of Windermere and take advantage of the routes available on the Windermere Lake Cruises bike boat.

Free cycling events

There are free guided Skyrides going on across the Lake District. 

Upcoming Skyrides in the Lakes 

For further dates and times check out Go Skyride - Cumbria 

Need inspiration?

Our Great Walking and Cycling Made Easy routes give some ideas. There's also our Walking and cycling Keswick Railway Path (PDF)

Cross Lakes Experience leaflet (PDF)

If you're heading for Gatesgarth Pass, check out the information on the Gatesgarth Pass - Green Road Driving page.

Cycling links

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Need holiday accommodation?

Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

We've cosy holiday cottages, quirky boutique hotels, friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels!

Our commission goes towards keeping the National Park special: Browse and book accommodation online here