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Guided Cycle Ride – Along the Grasmere Trail

19 October 2019

Discover this new trail from Ambleside via Rydal Water to Grasmere with trained leaders. Just right for active families and leisure cyclists who wish to explore by bike. We follow a little-known quiet route out of Ambleside and head for the shores of Rydal and Grasmere. Our effort is rewarded in Grasmere with lots of cafes for refreshment – or perhaps a piece of Grasmere gingerbread. For the return, we retrace the route – but the views look very different this way.

Book online

Start: Outside Ambleside Primary School, Vicarage Road, Ambleside LA22 9DH departing at 11.00am

Nearby car parks: Miller Bridge (postcode LA22 0EE). Small car park at Ambleside Primary School at the ride start (weekends & school holidays only), Vicarage Lane LA22 9DH

Grade: Moderate. Minimum age: 11 years (with adult supervision for under 16’s). 

Suitable for: active families, leisure cyclists and mountain bikers on mountain bikes or hybrids. We follow minor roads and improved bridleways. Undulating with two short steep sections.

Price: Adult £5, child free. Minimum age 11. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Length: 12 miles 

Duration: approximately 4 hours

Booking essential: book your place online. Bring your own bike. If you need to hire a bike please arrange this yourself.

Local bike hire: Ghyllside Cycles, The Slack, Ambleside Tel 015394 33592. Child’s bikes available. Located 250m from ride start point. Advanced booking essential.

What to bring

  • A mountain or hybrid bike in safe, working order – your own or hired
  • Bring warm, waterproof clothing, gloves and trainers or cycling shoes
  • Small rucksack or cycle bag to carry your kit
  • Something to eat and drink
  • Sunscreen
  • Helmets are required for under 16s and recommended for adults (supplied with bike hire)

Thank you for choosing an activity with us. Our guided cycle rides are led by dedicated and committed volunteers who are passionate about the Lake District.