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)

Need inspiration?

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

The Cumbria Cycling Map page 1 (low-quality PDF) and Cumbria Cycling Map page 2 (low-quality PDF) shows family-friendly traffic free routes,suggested rides on quieter roads, the National Cycle Network and the best areas for mountain biking including Forestry Commission woodlands. There are also details of bike shop and hire facilities, and cycle publications.

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

Free cycling events

Improve Your Biking Skills

Learn new skills while being supervised by some of Britain's top instructors. Bikes and helmets are provided. Suitable for all ages. Find out dates and details for Improve Your Biking Skills.

Celebration of Cycling - 22 July 2014

Celebrate the start of a fantastic summer of cycling. Have a go on an electric bike, explore Windermere's secret shore on a free guided Skyride, make your own bike powered smoothie, try out the cycle skills course and much more. Find out more at (opens in new window).
Starts at 10am Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere
Price: Free
Public transport to start point available

Guided cycle Sky Rides - 1 June and 27 August

Explore the hidden tracks and back roads of Windermere's west shore with a local cycling guide. And enjoy a sail on the unique Bike Boat. Accompanied children welcome. Full details and online booking at (opens in new window)
Start at Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere
Price: Free. Public transport to start point available

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

Want even more visitor information?

Cumbria Tourism logo - click to go to their website in a new window

Visit Golakes (opens in new window), the official website of the tourist board for The Lake District and Cumbria.