Lake District cycling

Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in the Lake District National Park. There are a range of country lanes, permitted cycleways and bridleways to suit all experience levels, and you can be sure of fantastic views along the way!

If you are looking for mountain biking routes, Whinlatter Forest and Grizedale Forest (open in new window) are criss-crossed with routes. These are suitable for beginners through to more challenging mountain bike routes for those with more experience. Mountain biking in the Lake District gives great routes in a small place, letting you get the most out of your visit.

The Lake District is a popular choice for people booking cycling holidays and a wide range of hotels and accommodation cater for those travelling light during a cycling tour of the area. Even if you want to stay in the same place, there are numerous different cycling routes throughout the Lake District, so you can easily find a different route for every day. 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

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