- 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: 1120m
Today begins with a ride alongside Bassenthwaite Lake – the only official “lake” in the Lake District. After cycling along the lush Lorton Valley we’ll warm up the legs with a ride over Whinlatter before descending into Braithwaite and riding on to Keswick. After the pretty market town with its typical slate buildings we enjoy a short and rewarding climb taking us up to Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient monument built around 3000 BC. After taking some essential photos in this marvellous English Heritage site, we take an alternate route back toward Keswick featuring some elevated glimpses of the pristine Derwent Water below. After an enjoyable descent, we head south along the east bank of Derwent Water, heading to Ashness Bridge, one of the Lake District’s most photographed sites. On a clear day, the viewpoint looks out over both Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance. At the base of the lake we pass through the postcard village of Grange, at the entrance to the “Jaws of Borrowdale.” We cycle over the impressive double-arched bridge crossing the River Derwent, past its quaint slate cottages and tea shops and head north through peaceful sections of woodland to our accommodation in Portinscale, for a shower 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.