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 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.

Brockhole visitor centre

Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

A perfect place to start a family adventure. Cycle through the Brockhole grounds and enjoy the famous Thomas Mawson gardens.

Visit Brockhole

Coniston Boating Centre

Clown fish at Coast Aquarium

From lake views to spotting wildlife in woodlands, there's always something for everyone at Coniston.

Visit Coniston

Need inspiration?

Our Easy Cycling in the Central Lakes guide shows a network of cycle trails suitable for family and leisure cyclists. The trails link quiet minor roads with improved off-road routes and they start right from the main visitor centres including Ambleside, Bowness, Hawkshead and Coniston.

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 

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 rides going on across the Lake District through the British Cycling/HSBC Let's Ride programme including special World Heritage Site rides. To check out dates and bookings visit

Cross Lakes Experience

The Cross Lakes Experience (opens in new window) lets take your bike across Windermere and onto a connecting bus service to to visit Beatrix Potter's former home of Hilltop and then onwards to the pretty village of Hawkshead.

Cycling links

Need holiday accommodation?

Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

We've cosy holiday cottages, quirky boutique hotels, friendly bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels!

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