Cycling

Cyclists can choose from national and local routes

Cumbria and the Lake District have well-deserved reputations as two of the best areas for cycling. Linking in with National Cycle Network Routes, and located close to some of the Lake District’s best cycling centres, we are an ideal base for cyclists. No matter how confident or experienced a rider you are there’s a route to tempt you.

Local Cycle Routes

Please do check our noticeboard for local suggestions.

Lyth Valley

Wind your way though the Lyth valley, famous for its damson orchards. The ride starts by the gates of Sizergh Castle, at the end of our lane, and takes in enclosed wooded landscapes, flat open farmland with big skies, straight roads and pretty orchards.

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National Cycle Network Routes

The closest cycling route is Sustrans route 70.

Walney to Wear

The Walney to Wear route passes through some of the country lanes right next to the campsite. Inspired by the original Sea to Sea Cycle Route (C2C), the W2W route passes through a variety of wonderful countryside, beautiful towns and villages and places of interest along the way. We’re an ideal overnight stop if you’re tackling the whole route.

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Kendal to Grange over Sands

This route travels to the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands, with stunning views of the Southern Fells and the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Barrow to Windermere via Kendal

Head down and join National Route 70 at Levens, where you pass Levens Hall, an impressive Elizabethan house with an intriguing history, or start at the end of our lane and follow the route up to the Grade I listed Sizergh Castle. From here, you’ll join up with National Route 6 which takes you to Windermere via Kendal and Staveley – enjoy the lake and surrounding views.

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Cycling at Grizedale

The car-free Grizedale Centre has something for everyone, from gentler rides suitable for all family members to high octane mountain bike trails.

Travelling with younger children? The gentle Mushroom Cycle Trail is great for building cycling confidence.

Want to step up to a moderate challenge? Both the Hawkshead Moor and Moor Top trails are rewarding rides through hilly terrain and there are glorious views of nearby Coniston Water and a chance for a spot of bird-watching in the forest as you ride.

Seeking thrills? Grizedale is also home to several extremely challenging mountain bike runs, including a black diamond trail known as ‘The Black’, which will push even the most experienced riders with its many jumps, and steep descents along rough terrain.

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Lakes and Dales Loop

The Lakes & Dales Loop is a 196-mile on-road cycle route through the best of Cumbria’s countryside. You will circumnavigate the Lake District, England’s largest National Park with wonderful views of iconic mountain tops. Meander along gently undulating country lanes to explore the majestic beauty of the Lake District, West Cumbria, Morecambe Bay, the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley.

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The Bay Cycle Way

The popular Bay Cycle Way stretches 81 miles along the Morecambe Bay coastline, from Walney Island all the way to Glasson Dock, taking in the towns of Arnside, Grange-over-Sands and Haverthwaite, each with their own unique attractions. You can pick up the route at nearby Levens or Leasgill.

The Bay Way is suitable for cyclists of all ages and confidence levels as it comprises mostly quiet roads with some woodland tracks and stone paths. Spend a full day in the saddle or pick particular sights to see on a shorter ride. Either way, there’ll be plenty to see and some good options for a rest, a brew and a treat along the way.

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