It’s even easier to get on your bike in the Lake District this summer

Published on: 10 May 2022

Family at Coniston on bikes.

A new selection of bike hire points throughout the Lake District make it easier than ever to get on your bike - whether it’s a mountain bike or an e-bike, there’s something to suit all the family to enjoy the best of the scenery on two wheels.

The new bike collection points are at:

  • Waterhead car park, Ambleside
  • Coniston Boating Centre
  • Hawkshead
  • And Bowness Information Centre coming this summer

Each collection point has a car park or bus stop handy and our experts have collated a range of flat and circular routes to follow from the pick up points.

Emma Moody, the Lake District National Park Authority’s Lead Strategy Adviser for Recreation and Sustainable Transport said: “One of the best ways to get around the Lake District is by bike. We understand that many people do drive to the Park so we’ve installed our bike hire stations at key points so that people can park and ride.

“Our experts are on hand to offer help and advice on what bike to go for, can give a range of routes from your collection point and hope that being able to bike with ease, it will encourage more people to try it for the first time this summer. Importantly safety helmets and spare inner tubes are provided with every hire, meaning you really can just turn up and go.

“We've got suggested routes from each of our bike hire locations and our staff will point you in the right direction. All routes are available on Ordnance Survey app and you can track your progress on the route as you go along.

“Our routes take you on quiet roads and traffic-free tracks and suit our electric and mountain bikes. It’s an ideal way to try before you buy if you’ve been thinking about getting a bike for your Lake District adventures.”

If you’d prefer to go further afield to enjoy your time, you can carry the bikes on:

Windermere Ferry between Ferry Nab and Ferry House

Bus 599 which runs up to 3 times an hour between Bowness, Windermere, Brockhole, Ambleside and Grasmere carries two bikes.

Some great traffic free routes for all the family are:

And also new for this spring is a new canoe and kayak hire at Millness, just off junction 36 of the M6. This gives visitors an ideal opportunity to dip their toe in the water and try out a new activity.

Photo shows a family enjoying a cycle ride at the edge of Coniston Water.

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