- Stay at Derwent Bank, Keswick – a comfortable HF Country House sitting directly on the banks of Derwent Water
- Spin your legs gently along country lanes or challenge them as you climb up towards some Lakeland fells
- Admire the vista across the lake to Skiddaw and Blencathra
- Treat yourself to delicious cake pit-stops in charming local cafés
- Let the lovely Lakeland landscapes inspire your daily cycling
- Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle – an ancient monument built around 3000 BC
- Meals: Dinner
Today is set aside to allow you to arrive into Keswick at your convenience. Your accommodation at Derwent Bank is situated just a mile from town. You will meet your leader and the rest of the group, and enjoy a leisurely evening meal.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 1250m
Today we head out on a circular route taking in some of the best views of Skiddaw, Blencathra, and Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve. There are a few challenging climbs today, the first out of Bassenthwaite and especially the ascent out of the small village of Uldale. Once up at a higher elevation the views are spectacular, with only a few trees and majestic rolling hills as far as the eye can see. After a final climb to Calebreck, there are plenty of gentle and medium-grade descents to make up for the climbs and give your legs a rest, allowing you to appreciate the beautiful surroundings before completing the loop back to Keswick.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 850m
Today begins by heading out through Portinscale and Keswick and we quickly arrive in beautiful green countryside. Crossing the River Greta a few times we cycle towards Tarn Moss National Nature Reserve climbing at a steady but gentle gradient. The route then encircles Great Mell Fell with only the final bit of the ascent being slightly more challenging, taking the group past Matterdale End. After descending into Troutbeck it’s mostly a steady descent with only a few uphill sections before a quick and rewarding climb to see the Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient monument built about 3000 BC. After taking some essential photos in this marvellous English Heritage site, we have a thrilling descent back to Keswick and down to the pristine Derwent Water, where you can take a shower at your accommodation before heading home, with plenty of great memories!
The Lake District is known for its rugged beauty, but also its hills! Most of the routes around Keswick are fairly undulating, although there are also some less challenging options that bypass the climbs. You will be riding on a mixture of quiet country lanes and purpose-built cycleways, with possible sections along more gravelly tracks.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays
Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes
Features some modest climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Shared twin (or double) room (single room may be available on request, for a supplement)
B) Full tour service including guides and a back-up vehicle carrying spares, snacks and extra equipment not needed on your bike
C) At least one leader qualified in First Aid
D) Full-board including picnic lunch and en route refreshments
E) Secure bike storage and bike wash facilities
F) Train station collections / drop-offs on scheduled arrival and departure days
What's not Included
A) Personal clothing and equipment
B) Travel insurance
C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
D) Bike & helmet hire (available if required)
E) Travel or flight costs and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
F) Single room option (may be available if required)
G) Entrance fees to cultural or historical sites and visitor centres
H) Other optional activities
Daily Mail (2019), Saddle up and head for the hills... on an e-bike: Top trips through Europe, from the Lake District to Vienna, on cycles that make molehills out of mountainsAs seen in the press...
The steep hills of the Lake District won’t feel as daunting with the new e-bike option from cycle holiday specialist Saddle Skedaddle. On its three-night guided tour, you will be based in a country-house hotel on the banks of Derwentwater and the tour leader takes you along quiet roads (with pitstops for coffee) to the stone circle at Castlerigg and some incredible viewpoints beyond.
Catherine, South YorkshireOne happy bunch of cyclists.
The whole weekend was amazing the group & the leaders really came together and enjoyed themselves. Australians, Electric Bikes, Southerners and Northerners and an engagement?...one happy bunch of cyclists.
Nick, LondonA special weekend...
My favourite day was the first day of cycling – a real challenge but an absolute pleasure with such a brilliant group and amazing guides. I can’t emphasize enough how amazing the guides were – they are an incredible asset to your company and made what was already a special weekend for me and my partner into something we’ll never forget.