Lakes and Dales Loop Bike Ride 

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Self Guided
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    Duration 3 - 4 Days
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    Skills Grade - A
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3 - 4 Days
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    Suitable Bike - Road / Hybrid Bike
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Suitable Bike
Road / Hybrid Bike
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    Fitness Grade - 3
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Coast to coast Cycle
Lakes and Dales

196 miles over 2 - 5 days

The Lakes and Dales Loop

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With great accommodation

2 National Parks

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Cycle light weight

Luggage transfers each day

Water Bottle

Energy product and Water Bottle

Veloforte - For Every Gold Pack

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196 mile circular road bike tour - North West England

3 or 4 days

Cycling holidays in England do not get any better than this. A cycle route that loops around our most beautiful national parks, skirting the foothills of our mightiest mountains, meandering along the Eden Valley with its picture-perfect stone-built villages: It is no wonder that The Telegraph newspaper described this journey as “Britain's most beautiful bike route.”

This fabulous cycle ride was designed collaboratively by local and national groups, intent on showcasing the very best cycling, most welcoming towns and villages, and stunning natural scenery that abound in The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. At CycleActive we know this region, and this route, inside out – it’s been our home for over 23 years and our HQ is in Penrith, the official start point for this cycle tour.
Our organised tours of the Lakes and Dales loop can be enjoyed over 3 or 4 days of riding.  With a combination of backroad cycling and a great experiences of Lakes and Dales life, culture, food and scenery along the way.
This is a self-guided tour, so you do need to be fairly self-sufficient during the daily rides. The route is signed on the road, we provide you with a fully marked up map, and can give you digital downloads of the route for your phone or GPS device to make things run smoothly. We organise great accommodation in hand-picked hotels and guesthouses, vehicle support for emergencies (so breaking down doesn’t mean the end of the ride), and move your bags from point to point so you can cycle with just what you need during the day.

The quiet roads make this ride perfect for road bikes as its 100% tarmac. Hybrid bikes, e-bikes and mountain bikes are also welcome. You can also choose to hire a bike and helmet from CycleActive, which gives you greater flexibility if arriving by train. The Lake District is only three and a half hours from London Euston train station.
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3 Day


4 Day


per person

  1. Daily baggage transfers
  2. Available on the scheduled dates
  3. Phone support
  4. Full payment required

Wanting to book your own accommodation? Then this is the package for you.
Contact us for details


3 Day


4 Day


per person

  1. 3 / 4 nights B&B Accommodation
  2. Daily baggage transfers
  3. OS map and GPX file of the route
  4. Emergency mechanical breakdown support
  5. CycleActive water bottle with Veloforte energy product
  6. Pre travel packs
  7. Scheduled dates below
  8. £150 deposit - 3 Day Version
  9. £200 deposit 4 Day Version
  10. Final balance due 30 days before the tour date

3 Day


4 Day


per person

  1. Veloforte Energy Pack - 19 items
  2. 7 x All-natural Energy Bars,
  3. 3 x Hydration Electrolyte Mixes
  4. 4 x Natural Energy Gels
  5. 3 x Soft Chews
  6. 2 x Recovery shakes
  7. CycleActive water bottles - 2 items
  8. (Thursday), Friday, Saturday and Sunday pre-paid car parking, in Penrith.
  9. 3 / 4 nights B&B Accommodation
  10. OS map and GPX file of the route
  11. Daily baggage transfers
  12. Emergency mechanical breakdown support
  13. Pre travel packs
  14. Scheduled dates below
  15. £150 deposit - 3 Day Version
  16. £200 deposit 4 Day Version
  17. Final balance due 30 days before the tour date

Frequently Asked Questions

Payments & COVID19

Travel Insurance - £19.00

With extensive COVID-19 cover


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Lakes and Dales Loop Dates
2023 Trip Dates

3 Day Version


Thursday Evening - Sunday

15 - 18 June

17 - 20 August

07 - 10 September

4 Day Version


Wednesday Evening - Sunday

14 - 18 June

16 - 20 August

06 - 10 September

Thursday evening to
Sunday evening

Ride 1 - Friday
Cycling 67miles - 108km
Ascent 5590ft - 1704m
Descent 5826ft - 1776m

Ride 2 - Saturday
Cycling 65miles - 105km
Ascent 6902ft - 2104m
Descent 6916ft - 2108m

Ride 3 - Sunday
Cycling 64miles - 103km
Ascent 5984ft - 1824m
Descent 5734ft - 1748m

Wednesday evening to
Sunday evening

Ride 1 - Thursday
Cycling 46miles - 74km
Ascent 3628ft - 1106m
Descent 3572ft - 1098m

Ride 2 - Friday
Cycling 49miles - 79km
Ascent 5830ft - 1777m
Descent 6220ft - 1896m

Ride 3 - Saturday
Cycling 51miles - 83km
Ascent 4655ft - 1419m
Descent 64294ft - 1309m

Ride 4 - Sunday
Cycling 50miles - 80km
Ascent 4340ft - 1323m
Descent 4337ft - 1322m



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Post Code: CA11 7YB


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Train Station: Penrith

Walk 0.3 miles (6 mins)

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Gold Pack

Veloforte Energy Pack - 19 items


In the Pack you get 7 x all-natural Energy Bars, 3 x Real Hydration Electrolyte Mixes, 4 x Natural Energy Gels, 3 x Soft Chews & 2 x brand new & break-through Recovery shakes

OS map and GPX file of the route

Emergency mechanical breakdown support

CycleActive water bottles - 2 items

3/4 nights B&B accommodation

Daily baggage transfers

Pre travel packs

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4 day - Thursday evening to Sunday (3 days of riding)
5 days - Wednesday evening to Sunday (4 days of riding)

The biking

3 or 4 days, place-to-place
Tour group size 8 - 30
Fitness grade 3/4 - (3 day)
Fitness grade 3 - (4 day)


Helmet rental: £5
Map: Included
GPX files for your GPS: Included

Single Room Guarantee

3 nights - £90
4 nights - £120
There is no supplement for solo travellers who are willing to share a twin-bedded room with the same gender.
CycleActive will confirm the tour once the second person for the shared room has booked.

Extra night at the end

£95 Double / twin room (2 people)
£75 Single occupancy in a double / twin room

Hire Bikes

Includes - Kit bag with pump, inner tube and multi-tool

Hybrid bike rental

3 days - £105
4 days - £140
Trek FX 3 Disc Equipped
(Or similar)

Hybrid bike rental

Electric bike rental

3 days - £165
4 days - £220

Electric bike rental

Private Groups

Bespoke dates can be added on request for group bookings

To find out more about our Lakes and Dale Loop cycling holiday please read the full itinerary, or call our tour designers and chat through your questions in person.