The Lake District North to South - Self Guided

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    Duration -  4 Riding Days
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4 Riding Days
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    Fitness Grade - 2 - 3
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2 - 3
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    Suitable Bike - Hybrid / Touring
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Suitable Bike
Hybrid / Touring / Gravel Bike
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    Skills Grade - A
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Self Guided

The English Lake District

Detailed route knowledge

Touring ~ Hybrid ~ Gravel Bike

Various route options

Coast to coast Cycle

Torq product and Water Bottle

Included - For Every Rider

At your own pace

UNESCO world heritage status

A friendly crowd

The Locals

146 miles over 4 days

An ancient history to explore

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Lakeland Cycling Holiday - North England

146 miles (235km) over 4 days

 With its UNESCO world heritage status, the English Lake District National Park, is a truly stunning place to explore and what better way to do so than from the saddle, at your own pace.
This tour takes you on a journey from the north to the south, taking in many of the ‘must see’ locations, along the way, using a combination of back roads and gravel cycleways. With CycleActive being based on the doorstep to the Lakes, we know the area extremely well and our itinerary will enable you to make the most out of your time in the park.
One of the key benefits to self-guided tours is with so much to see along the route you can choose how to spend your time, selecting your highlights from our detailed tour notes.
If you are happy to travel light and pack all you need for the 5 days into your panniers, then this tour is ideal. However, if you want a bag transferred between guest houses then we also offer this additional service. This tour doesn’t have a minimum number, so whatever your group size we can cater for it.

This 235km (146mile) tour is designed to take in many of the quiet backroads and traffic free, gravel cycleways, that makes cycling in the national park world class. Hybrid, touring, gravel or e-bikes, are ideal and there are plenty of local bike shops along the route to help with any issues. Once you have completed the ride you can either jump on a train, returning to your car in Penrith, or start your onward journey. With Penrith being on the West coast mainline it is very easy to access the tour without a car from the likes of London or Manchester Airport.

Accommodation Type / Level

Price (per person)

£295.00 HostelsBuy Now small

£395.00 Guest HouseBuy Now small

£795.00 Lakeland HotelsBuy Now small

Hybrid bike rental: £120
Electric bike rental: £180
(inc. Bike rack and 2x panniers, kit bag with pump, inner tubes and multi-tool.)
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GPX files for your GPS: (Free on request)
GPS unit rental: £40 (not an imposed requirement, as paper maps are supplied)
6 days -  Sunday late afternoon to Friday evening
The biking:
4 days, place-to-place with route options
Self-guided with detailed trip notes, and maps
Tour group size 1+
Skill grade A
Fitness grade 2/3
(Trip grades explained)
What's included:
5 nights accommodation with 3 different price options available.
All breakfasts
15 years worth of route knowledge from living in the National park
Detailed picture tour notes, gps files and laminated route mapping.
Return train journey for you and your bike (Kendal – Penrith, if required.)
CycleActive water bottle
Torq Fitness complimentary item


What we provide is:

  • Detailed route knowledge and trip notes, taking in the best cycling the Lake District has to offer
  • Carefully selected bike friendly accommodation
  • Pre-tour, plus on tour advise and information
  • Optional transfers back to the start or to an airport
  • Optional baggage transfers
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Accommodation Levels

Hostel Accommodation


 Single occupancy fee: n/a

Any Sunday – Friday
Excluding Christmas period
Full Payment required
upon booking
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Guest House B&B's


 Single occupancy fee: £150

Any Sunday – Friday
Excluding Christmas period  
£100 deposit with the final balance due 2 months before the tour date
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Lakeland Hotels


 Single occupancy fee: £440

Any Sunday – Friday
Excluding Christmas period 
£300 deposit with the final balance due 2 months before the tour date
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Optional extras
Hybrid bike rental:   £120
Electric bike rental:          £180
Helmet rental:   £5
GPS unit rental:   £40
Luggage transfers:   £165
Airport transfer Manchester, 1 way    £235
Airport / Ferry transfer Newcastle, 1 way     £220



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