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)

Bike Buses and Boats

Avoid the car and get to the start of your ride by bus or even boat! Check out Take Your Bike on the Bus and the Bike Boat (opens in new window).

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

July - Guided Skyrides

More Guided Skyrides

There are rides going on all summer and into autumn. For dates and times check out Go Skyride - Lakes (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)

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