Cumbria has it all as far as cycling is concerned. Families and committed mountain bikers alike are attracted to the huge peaks and rolling valleys the Lake District is renowned for.

Bridleways and byways cover peaks like Helvellyn, Skiddaw, High Street and Cross Fells while the Lakes of Ullswater, Derwentwater, Windermere and Coniston Water offer flatter less strenuous rides.

Another highlight for adrenalin junkies is the purpose built mountain bike trails in Whinlatter and Grizedale Forest Park where families can enjoy stunning landscapes of lakes and fells in the country's biggest adventure playgrounds!

And if you can't find room for your bike don't worry; in many cases you can hire your bicycles locally. To find out about bicycle hire and to check out cycle routes see our web pages dedicated to cycling or search for cottages where cycling opportunities abound!

Browse the properties suitable for biking to ensure your whole holiday is packed with great biking opportunities!

The Kent Valley

Ride through the Kent Valley along riversides and through quiet villages taking in the beautiful views of the Lakeland Fells.

Cycling in Grizedale Forest

As well as several designated walking paths Grizedale Forest Park also provides dedicated routes for cyclist and mountain bikers. There are a range of waymarked trails that lead around the forest.


Wheelbase is the UK's largest cycle store and offers cycle hire from just £18 per day. Choose from over 500 bikes across a massive 18000 sq ft shop in the Kentmere Valley. Tel:01539 821443


Enjoy the beautiful Lake District countryside starting off in Ambleside. Explore the quiet roads and country tracks on bikes hired from only £25 a day! Tel: 01539 431245

Mountain Biking on Skiddaw
Mountain Biking on Skiddaw

Skiddaw will provide you with the longest downhill mountain ride in England! This 17km descent is the ideal route to take if you're a fan of this amazing extreme sport.

Ghyllside Cycles

Bikes, accessories, clothing, cycle hire and cycle repair all under one roof in the Lakeland village of Ambleside. Tel: 01539 433592

Cycling around Ullswater

The Lake District tourist board have several route guides which take you around the lake in various ways making the most of the stunning scenery around Ullswater.

Cycling along the Keswick Railway Path
Cycling along the Keswick Railway Path

The dismantled railway at Keswick is a 4.5 km trail with few inclines and spectacular views of the surrounding fells. It's perfect for families with small children but can also be extended to include a climb up Skiddaw if you are feeling more adventurous.