4 September 2018
With the Tour of Britain cycle race passing through Cumbria and the Lake District on 6 and 7 of September, you may be raring to get on your own bike to explore this beautiful area. To help you make the best of the cycling opportunities, here are a few cottages with bike storage that you can now book.
Set in the beautiful yet mostly-undiscovered Eden Valley, Oak Tree Studio is a perfect getaway for two with a king size bedroom, pretty garden, and underfloor heating. The area is perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities with luscious, rolling terrain and lots of circular routes to choose from.
Characterful exposed beams and floorboards meet modern local artwork and sumptuous furnishings at The Stables. Found in the centre of the popular market town of Keswick, this cottage is perfectly located for cycling around Derwentwater (you can go part of the way by bike and catch a Keswick Launch back across the lake) or up onto Skiddaw and the other surrounding fells.
Glorious views, traditional features, and tall ceilings, Wood Barn is in the heart of biking heaven with its traffic-free tracks, challenging mountain passes, and a route to the coast at Ravenglass. Follow the Eskdale Trail down to the old fishing village and enjoy a relaxing journey back on the La’al Ratty miniature steam engine.
A characterful cottage set high on the fellside above the Duddon Valley, Brighouse is a true retreat where keen mountain bikers can observe possible routes from the window before they set off. The Duddon Valley at Seathwaite Route takes in views across the coast and includes the challenging Walna Scar Road.
The Old School at Muncaster is perfectly located for the coastal village of Ravenglass. The Eskdale Route starts here and takes a traffic-free journey all the way into the heart of Eskdale at Dalegarth. You can travel both ways by bike or stop off at one of the many stations on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and hop on for an easier journey back home. Don’t forget to pre-book your bike on the train!