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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!

Long distance cycle routes

Electric bike charging points

Hire electric and mountain bikes across the Lake District

The Lake District National Park have opened a range of new bike hire locations, with mountain bikes and on-and-off road electric bikes in different sizes. You can hire a bike for half a day or a full day, with some great route suggestions along quieter tracks and off-road routes, to really enjoy the spectacular views!

Call 015394 40277 or book online below

Bike hire costs:

  • Mountain bike, half day, 10am - 1pm: £20
  • Mountain bike, full day, 10am - 4pm: £30
  • Electric bike, half day, 10am - 1pm: £35
  • Electric bike, full day, 10am - 4pm: £50

Bike hire sizes:

  • Extra small - for riders 155 - 163cm / 5'1" - 5'4"
  • Small - for riders 163 - 170cm / 5'4" - 5'7"
  • Medium - for riders 170 - 178cm / 5'7" - 5'10"
  • Large - for riders 178 - 183cm / 5'10" - 6'0"

If you've got any questions give us a call on 015394 40277.

electric bikes lined up

Bike hire at Coniston Boating Centre

Postcode: LA21 8EW
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From Coniston you can cycle across Little Langdale to Elterwater, through Hawkshead to Sawry or a loop to Ambleside and back.

Bikes to hire at Coniston Boating Centre

  • Electric bikes - 1 small, 3 medium and 1 large Cube Nuride Hybrid
  • Mountain bikes - 1 extra small, 3 small, 3 medium and 3 large Bergamont

Cycle routes from Coniston Boating Centre on OS Maps

Book bike hire at Coniston online

Or call 015394 40277 or email bike.hire@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Bike hire at Hawkshead

LA22 0NS
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From Hawkshead you can cycle to Ambleside or into the stunning Langdale valley.

Open one day a week in December. Bike tours are also available every week.

Bike tours are running on the 10th and 17th of December - 10am - 4pm

To book onto one of our bike tours, please call 015394 41366 or email bikehire@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Bikes to hire at Hawkshead

  • Mountain bikes - 1 extra small, 4 small, 4 medium and 3 large Bergamont.
  • Electric bikes - 1 small, 2 medium and 2 large Cube Nuride Hybrid.

Cycle routes from Hawkshead on OS Maps

Book bike hire at Hawkshead online

Or call 015394 40277 or email bike.hire@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Pedal and Paddle at Coniston Boating Centre

You can cycle the fairly short route to Coniston and combine your bike hire with paddleboard hire to get out on the water! Choose from a half day bike hire with 1 hour paddleboarding, or a full day bike hire with 2 hours paddleboarding. The Bluebird cafe has plenty of lunches and ice creams to re-fuel you before your cycle back! Book online and choose a combined bike hire and paddleboard option and your paddleboard will be waiting for you - whenever you arrive at Coniston.

Bike hire at Waterhead Ambleside

Postcode: LA22 0ES
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From Waterhead at the north end of Windermere lake, you can cycle down the Western shore of the lake, over to Grasmere or take a longer ride into the stunning Langdale valley.

Bikes to hire at Waterhead

  • Electric mountain bikes - 5 medium

Cycle routes from Waterhead Ambleside on OS Maps

  • Waterhead to Windermere Western shore - 13km each way, 26km total, about 2-3  hour ride.
  • Waterhead to Grasmere - 9.5km each way, 19km total, about 2 hour ride.
  • Waterhead to Langdale - 13.2km each way, 26.5km total, about a 2-3 hour ride.

Book bike hire at Waterhead online

Or call 015394 40277 or email bike.hire@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Where to ride your hire bike

A phone showing a route on OS Maps appWe've got suggested routes from each of our bike hire locations and we recommend downloading OS Maps app on your phone so 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 free to download and free to register an account which will work on the web and in the app.

Our suggested times are for average cycling speeds, but give yourself a bit longer so you can enjoy the views and refuel with a picnic or cafe visit!

Child riding a bike through a puddle

Great off-road routes for all ages

Take your bike on buses and boats

You can carry your bike 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.
  • Rail services to and within the Lake District carry bikes, see rail operating company websites for details of capacity and booking arrangements.

Forest

For the more adventurous bike riders:

If you fancy biking through Lake District forest and woodland. Forestry England has bike centres in Grizedale and Whinlatter. They offer amazing daily bike hire at affordable prices.