1-888-414-6437   info@skedaddle.com
United Kingdom

Lake District Discoverer

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

$875 P.P.
BOOK NOW
This cycling holiday in the UK allows you to experience the quieter parts of the Lake District with ease. Over 6 days of varied cycling you’ll visit some of the prettiest parts of the Lakes and without doubt the most dramatic scenery in England. Cycling on quiet roads, designated cycleways and well-surfaced tracks you’ll explore the very best the area has to offer.
Superb local inns and cafes provide delicious lunches and refreshments en-route and with both Keswick and Ambleside providing options aplenty for your evening meals and post-ride pints you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Your base for the first few days is the bustling Keswick from where you’ll ride each day. The first highlight is the gorgeous Newlands Valley with views of Cat Bells that acts as a great taster for the routes to follow.
Enjoyable routes over the next days take you around the immense Bassenthwaite Lake and Dodd Wood, where you’ll be able to visit the Lake District Osprey Project to check-out these amazing Birds of Prey. Heading a little further out from Derwent Water you can also make your way to Mungrisdale during a scenic ride that affords great views of both Skiddaw and Blencathra.
Mid-point you'll leave Keswick and head south to your next base in Ambleside. Your journey there is fabulous and includes the historic Castlerigg Stone Circle, St John’s in the Vale and the gorgeous Grasmere.
Your first ride from Ambleside takes in Wray Castle, Lake Windermere, Esthwaite Water and the picturesque village of Hawkshead where you can visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery Museum, with your final ride taking in Wordsworth’s homes of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount ending your week in style.
cycling-holiday-in-the-lake-district-uk-england.jpg

Highlights

  • Taking in a lake view over a traditional pub lunch
  • Admiring scenic villages spread across the hillsides
  • Cycling up to Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Visiting the famous Beatrix Potter Museum
  • Sampling Grasmere’s famous Gingerbread
  • Glimpses of Ospreys over Dodd Wood

Back to Top

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Keswick - Optional Ride - Newlands Valley
10 Miles / 16 Kms Approx.

Arrival at your accommodation in Keswick where you’ll be based for the next three nights. Should you be travelling by car you’ll be able to leave your vehicle here. If you prefer to travel by train we can arrange to meet you at Penrith Station which is situated around 20 miles away / 30 minutes away.

At a convenient time the Skedaddle Representative will introduce you to the route options you’ll be enjoying during the trip, fit you with your bike (should you be renting), and be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Depending on your time of arrival you can make the most of the day and enjoy an optional ride – a classic Lakeland route in Newlands Valley. Situated to the west of Derwent Water, with the lovely Swinside Inn situated en-route it makes for a great introduction to your time in the Lakes. Although close to the popular Cat Bells, our route goes through a relatively quiet and rarely visited part of the Lake District and is the perfect warm-up ride.

Day 2
Keswick: Bassenthwaite Round
23 Miles / 37 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

A great tour of Bassenthwaite Lake – the only official “lake” in the Lake District as we discover this amazing part of Cumbria.

On the way out of Keswick you have the chance to see the Osprey nesting site (from April to September) from one of the specifically designed viewpoints in Dodd Wood and learn about the Lake District Osprey Project that provides protection for these rare fish-eating British Birds of Prey. This is also a great area for spotting Red Squirrels so keep your eyes peeled.

There are also some superb Lakeland Inns to acquaint yourself with during what is a great day’s cycling.

Day 3
Keswick: Mungrisdale
24 Miles / 38 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride takes you east riding from Keswick past the tip of Derwent Water. With Skiddaw (931m) and Blencathra (also know as Saddleback due to its shape) dominating the skyline to your left, you’ll follow the Sustrans Coast to Coast (C2C) route up to the small village of Threlkeld before continuing on to Mungrisdale.

It’s a lovely part of the Lakes with the nearby hills of Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell close-by and should you be lucky enough you might even come across some Lake Fell Ponies on this section of the ride. The ponies have been roaming these fells since prehistoric times and were used by the Vikings for ploughing and as pack animals thereafter.

The 300 year old Horse and Farrier Inn in Threlkeld is a great place for lunch or a late afternoon ale before the final leisurely leg of today’s route back to Keswick.

Day 4
Keswick to Ambleside
20 Miles / 32 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today we leave behind the beautiful town of Keswick and head south to our next base in the equally delightful Ambleside.

Our journey starts with a short climb out of Keswick to Castlerigg Stone Circle. With its panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, hills and mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat it’s well worth a stop here to admire the stones and their dramatic and beautiful location.

Continuing on through St John’s in the Vale you’ll ride down the western side of Thirlmere Reservoir, before joining the cycle path alongside the A591, for a short climb up and over Dunmail Raise. You’ll then rejoin the carriageway and head into the next valley and the gorgeous village of Grasmere.

Nestling at the foot of some spectacular fells and with its own lake, Grasmere has numerous small shops, pubs and excellent cafes where you’ll be able to treat your tastebuds.

Britain’s most famous poet William Wordsworth lived here at Dove Cottage, with his sister and it is where he produced the majority of his greatest and best-loved poems. The cottage is now a great little museum and well-worth a visit, either today or on your final day of cycling from Ambleside.

With no motorboats on this quieter lake it is a popular spot for swimming (though it’s chilly!) and in the summer months you can also hire rowing boats on the lake.

Our last stretch of cycling sees you enjoying some stunning lakeside scenery and you’ll end the ride in Ambleside which then serves as your base for the next few nights.

Day 5
Ambleside: Hawkshead via Far Sawrey
18 Miles / 29 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

The National Trust’s Wray Castle is the first big stop on today’s route. The imposing Victorian neo-gothic castle hosted the first meeting between Beatrix Potter and social reformer Hardwicke Rawnsley inspiring a friendship and campaigning spirit that would lead to the protection of the Lake District’s landscapes for future generations.

Continuing on the route down the western shores of Lake Windermere to Far Sawrey there will be a short sharp climb to reach Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s former home where you can enjoy the gardens and Peter Rabbit’s favourite carrot patch!

The return cycle takes you past Esthwaite Water and to the picturesque village of Hawkshead, famous for its traditional wooden framed buildings and an ideal place to stop for lunch and visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery Museum, which displays original illustrations from her famous storybooks.

Day 6
Ambleside: Little and Great Langdale
19 Miles / 30 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Langdale and its Pikes are the spectacular backdrop for today’s ride. The route takes you through the spectacular U-Shaped Great Langdale with awe-inspiring views up Dungeon Gill Waterfall to Harrison Stickle.

A short winding climb to Blea Tarn rewards the effort with stunning views and a gentle descent into the beautiful valley of Little Langdale. Arguably there is no more spectacular sight in England than these pretty valleys and gushing waterfalls surrounded by the classic mountains of the Lake District. There’s no shortage of pubs with plenty of character. From The Britannia in Elterwater in the heart of the village, to the National Trust’s Sticklebarn providing tasty fuel and refreshments along the way.

Day 7
Optional Ride - Grasmere via High Close Departure: Ambleside
11 Miles / 18 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Whilst it’s time to pack our bags today, if you still have the legs for one last ride we’ve got another gem that packs yet another punch of picture postcard views of lakes, hills and pretty villages and another Cumbrian icon!

We can’t promise daffodils but you have a choice of two of William Wordsworth’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount if you are looking for an insight into the life of the romantic poet.

Today’s ride should be fuelled by the famous Grasmere Gingerbread. Part biscuit, part cake it has been made in the village since 1854 and our route takes you conveniently past their door in case you want to indulge in a sweet treat!

As your trip comes to an end we’ll transfer you back to your start point at Keswick, or on to Penrith Train Station for your onward journey.

Back to Top

The Cycling

Terrain

The Lake District is known for its rugged beauty, but also its hills! We’ve handpicked the routes for their quiet roads and beautiful scenery but you can expect the routes to be undulating with some short steep climbs.

You will be riding on a mixture of quiet country lanes and purpose built cycleways, with possible sections along more gravelly tracks. There are some short sections on busier roads and on a few days there are a few short sections of rough track, which would generally not be suitable for road bikes unless you are a confident rider and your bike is fitted with wider tyres.

cycling-tour-leisure-bike-holiday-beautiful-uk.jpg

Leisure Cycling Grade

1
2
3
4
5
Grade 2-3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

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?

Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 rides. 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.  

Back to Top

Dates & Prices

From April to mid-October you choose your start date. Just give us a call or drop us an e mail to check availability.

Choose your date
Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
Return Date
--/--/----
Duration
7 days
Price
$875.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Skedaddle App to access holiday information and navigation

D) Detailed Skedaddle route notes and relevant maps

E) GPX files available upon request

F) Luggage transfer service

G) Skedaddle Local Representative

H) Emergency tool kit, pump etc. (if hiring your bike from Skedaddle)

I) Train station collection and drop-off as per the itinerary

What's not Included Cross

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

Back to Top

The Essentials

Travel Options

If you decide to drive to the start point of your holiday we will provide you with full directions to the accommodation. We will also be able to advise about parking arrangements / options for the duration of your holiday.

If you would prefer to catch the train we offer a free pick-up and drop-off service at the most convenient arrival station Penrith, which is around 20 miles away from Keswick. At the end of your holiday we will pick you up and return you to your car in Keswick or to Penrith Train Station. Transfers to Windermere (£15) or Oxenholme (£25) Train Stations are also possible options for your departure for a small additional cost, please let us know on booking your preferred option.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific schedules that we recommend for your holiday and check with us before booking your travel so that we can ensure it fits with the trip schedule.

Accommodation

During this trip you will stay 3 nights in Keswick and 3 nights in Ambleside where we use small good quality B&Bs and guesthouses.

Our trips are operated on a twin-share basis but single rooms can be provided, subject to availability, for a supplement if requested at the time of booking.

Bike Hire

If you would like to hire a bike we have both hybrid and electric bikes available to hire. The hybrid bikes are generally Giant Roam or Liv Rove with a large 30 speed gear range, semi-slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. Our electric bikes are generally Giant Entour E+ Disc pedal assist bikes with batteries suitable for the daily distances on this holiday. Helmets and panniers are provided with all our hire bikes along with an emergency repair kit including a spare innertube, bike pump and bike lock.

Back to Top

News, Reviews & Stories

Our expert's guide to the Lake District

The ability to explore it by bike has always enabled us to escape to its lesser-visited wonders...

Electric bikes at Skedaddle

We take a closer look at these motored marvels and the benefits they offer.

Simple pleasures of a cycling holiday

That is what life is about and our cycling holidays are packed with these moments...

Reviews

No reviews available yet!

You May Also Like...

Back to Top