Choosing the Right Holiday
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The Cycling - Introduction
Make the most out of your time in the Lake District national park, with this unique route, which takes in the many kilometres of cycleway and small back roads, linking the main market towns, river valleys, low mountain passes and coastal paths; this tour has them all.
If you want to find out more about the cycle holiday, the route or anything else about The Lake District please just give us a call and speak to one of our team.
Day 3 - Keswick – 3 Lakes – Ambleside
After a short warm up on Keswick’s disused railway you soon climb up to the bronze age, Castlerigg Stone Circle and its panoramic north lakes views. Turning south into St John’s in the Vale, you now head towards Thirlmere reservoir’s dam, it’s peaceful lake side road and then up over Dunmail Raise, into the South lakes. The home of the 18th century poet, William Wordsworth, Grasmere, is next on the cards, with its many coffee shops and world-famous ginger bread.
The journey then takes you into Great Langdale, which is the heart of the mountaineering community in the Lakes and it’s two iconic pubs (Old and new Dungeon Ghyll). Many an adventure has been planned from theses locations and a pint of the local brew is well deserved. Gravel cycleways and quiet backroads then take you into Ambleside, where you are spending a few nights.
Day 4 - Ambleside – Coniston – Hawkshead – Ambleside
As you are staying another night in Ambleside there are options for today, along with a possible day off the bike consisting of a late breakfast, Spa therapies, ferry rides and a movie! Ambleside has it all. A ride to Hawkshead is a great half day option, with its traffic free cycleway making the return pedal a true pleasure.
Choose a week in May and you may be treated to the bluebell extravaganza of Pull Woods, on the shores of Lake Windermere. If your legs are feeling strong then a lap of Coniston water is in order, taking in many a cycleway along with the history of Donald Campbell’s water speed record attempt.
Day 5 - Ambleside – Grange over sands – Kendal
Today’s day on the bike, takes you south along the length of Lake Windermere and onwards to the coast at Grange- over-Sands, before turning inland towards the old market town of Kendal. Utilising further traffic free cycleway and quiet back roads, the 18km’s of the longest lake in England, Windermere, are a pleasure and if you are after a shorter pedal then you can use the ferry mid-way down the west shore.
Looking out over the sand flats of Morecambe Bay, is a perfect time to sample the locally baked pies, before following the course of the river Kent into Kendal. Kendal with its thriving Brewery Arts Centre, is a great place to spend your final night in the Lake District, reminiscing on the truly stunning journey which you have just carried out.
Day 6 - Onward Travel
After checking out of your accommodation you will have time to explore Kendal castle’s ruins, while on route to the train station. As part of the tour package we included a train transfer for Oxenholm the Lake District, back to Penrith, if you need to collect your car.
If you wish to start your onward journey from here, then this is also possible, either taking your bike with you ,or leaving our hire bike at the accommodation.