- 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: 900 Metres Approx.
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, dinner
- Ascent: 800 Metres Approx.
We’ll start today’s ride heading west, towards High Lorton. We’ll warm up our legs with a ride through Whinlatter before heading north to Cockermouth, where we’ll pass by Cockermouth Castle and Wordsworth House.
We’ll then wind our way east via Wythop Woods, to meet Bassenthwaite on its western edge halfway down the lake. This is the only official “lake” in the Lake District and we’ll have a great view as we meander along its shoreline.
We’ll then make our way back to our accommodation for an evening meal at Derwent Bank.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Ascent: 1100 Metres Approx.
This morning we’ll 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.
From Ashness Bridge we’ll make our way towards Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient monument built around 3000 BC, taking some essential photos in this marvellous English Heritage site.
The final section of today’s ride sees us heading south down through St John’s in the Vale and down the eastern bank of Thirlmere Reservoir with the dramatic Helvellyn towering above to the east. We’ll then head back towards Keswick and our accommodation in Portinscale.
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. (Particularly of note, a short section of rough and steep terrain on Day 3 close to Bassenthwaite)
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.
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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 rental (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
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Ben, West YorkshireAbsolutely outstanding tour leaders!
I will absolutely ride with Skeddale again. The Derwent Water was a perfect taster which left me wishing it was longer! Stunning views, brilliant guides and amazing people! A thoroughly well-organised break where all you have to do is turn up and spin!
Celia, NorthumberlandThe service was excellent, the cycle trip fantastic!
The service was excellent, the cycle trip fantastic! Both days very different, partly because of the terrain and partly because of the weather. All fun, some bits more challenging than others – happy with that. Tour Leader was fantastic – we would follow her anywhere! Want to do more destinations in the future – I’ve only just started.
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.
Peter, LondonThe scenery in the Lakes is stunning!
Excellent 2 day trip. It was a very friendly group and was a very enjoyable two days with a very good and experienced guide. Skedaddle organise very good cycle holidays and this two trip was no exception. They made a real effort to be COVID compliant.
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.