The Lake District abounds with on- and off-road tracks that are perfect for cycling. Whether you're a serious road racer wanting to take on the imposing Honister Pass, or a family with little ones looking to explore quiet, easy lanes, then you'll want to have somewhere to store your bikes when on holiday!
Here's a selection of just some of our self-catering cottages that have bike storage. We've got even more, too, so if you can't find your perfect cottage here, give us a call on 017687 80571, and we will be happy to help you find your perfect cottage. The office is open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 9.00pm every day.
A pretty little cottage near Penrith, Hillcrest is within easy reach of the market town, Ullswater, and the glorious Eden Valley. A wonderful option is the wonderful ‘Edge of Lakeland’ route, from where you can admire the increasing height of the Lake District fells as you head west. This also forms part of the famous C2C. Close to Hillcrest you will also find a small village called Greystoke with its popular cycle cafe. A well-known stop for cyclists, the cafe provides refreshments and ‘Quirky Workshops’, which include classes on stripping and rebuilding bikes amongst many others.
The Eden Valley is a glorious area yet to be discovered by mass tourism and, as a result, is a tranquil option for a cycling holiday. The rolling terrain and quiet rural roads and bridleways are much gentler than what is found in the better-known parts of the region and there are many circular routes, too. More experienced cyclists can find higher-altitude and more challenging rides around Alston. The Eden Valley is a cyclist’s heaven, with routes suitable for all ages and abilities, and Oak Tree Studio is perfectly located for them all!
Whether you want a short, quick ride along the old railway track, or to take to one of the surrounding fells for a high-altitude adventure, The Stables in the centre of Keswick is perfectly located for all of them. There is storage at the cottage itself but also three places within town where you can hire bikes, including electric powered ones.
The Torver Trail, travelling between Torver and Coniston, is an easy route that takes in the western shores of the lake and makes use of, in parts, the old railway line that used to connect Coniston village with the Furness Railway. The trail is perfect for beginners and young families. For more adventure and mountain biking, then you have to head to Little Langdale with a ford over the River Brothay, a challenging ascent at the Hodge Close slate quarries, and a chance to let it go on the return descent towards Coniston. Yewdale Crags Apartment makes a comfortable base for it all.
Just a short distance from the Dalegarth terminus of the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature steam railway, Wood Barn is in the heart of glorious cycling country. The Eskdale Trail follows a traffic-free route to the coast at Ravenglass, from where you can catch a train back home (don’t forget to pre-book your bikes). Another excellent option is the Burnmoor Tarn Round following the corpse road, which begins with an ascent up the wonderfully-named Giggle Alley! There is a whole mix of terrain from gravel patches, grassy roads, and boggy areas. The route is a little tricky in parts but a lot of fun (and usually very muddy!)
With Whinlatter Forest just across the lake - in fact, you can see it from the balcony! - Sale Fell is perfectly located for experienced road cyclists and mountain bikers. Whinlatter Forest Park has a great selection of off-road tracks and the steep Whinlatter Pass is a brilliant challenge for those with the expertise. The local area has also plenty of routes for those looking for a gentler option
Ambleside is a popular town in the South Lakes thanks its beautiful buildings, exciting attractions, and position at the tip of Windermere lake. Riverside Retreat, just outside the town, sits alongside the river, opening up plenty of routes to explore on two wheels. From tranquil Grizedale Forest to the peaks of the towering Langdales to an easy lap of Tarn Hows, there are routes of all ability levels nearby. After all that adventure, you'll have this lovely cottage to return to with its hanging spaces for six bikes!
Crag Lea is found in beautiful Borrowdale, home to the intimidating Honister Pass, which Cycling World describes as “one of the most beautiful climbs in the world”. Rising to 1,167 feet at the summit and with a gradient of 1 in 4, it is not for the inexperienced or casual cyclist, but is one to tick off the bucket list for the very fit and experienced riders. Never fear, there are gentler options, too, with bridleways and gentle, family-friendly tracks in abundance.
Lily Hall in the small village of Ennerdale Bridge is in a spectacular location for cycling. There's an option to go right round Ennerdale Water, or you can explore the woodlands that surround the lake. Almost all of the routes keep you close to the water, and the scenery of the area really is spectacular. For a gentler option, you can head to the paved cycle track that heads to Whitehaven on the west coast, where you can stop off for a drink or something to eat. Either way, when you return to luxurious Lily Hall, you'll have plenty of place to store your bikes before you sit back and take in the view from the glorious floor-to-ceiling windows!
Though there is no actual bike storage at Grizedale Lodge, its location in the heart of Grizedale Forest is perfect for cycling and there are bikes available from Grizeadale Forest Mountain Bike Hire. There are gravel tracks suitable for families and casual cyclists - the Sculpture Trail takes in the forest’s famous artwork, or the Grizedale Tarn Trail offers a relatively easy ride and views over the Ambleside fells. There are plenty of options for more experienced mountain bikers, too; the North Face Trail is a red-graded trail with technical climbs, lots of single track, and fast descents.
Ravenglass is famous as the start point of the “La’al Ratty” miniature steam train, which runs from the coast to the centre of Eskdale. The Eskdale Trail follows a similar, traffic-free route that takes in the rugged beauty of this tranquil valley. You can cycle all the way from Ravenglass to Dalegarth and then hop onto one of the trains for a leisurely tootle back. Alternatively, you can go as far as you like and catch the train at any of the numerous stops along the route. Don’t forget to pre-book your bike onto the dedicated bike carriage!
We hope you’re raring to get onto your bikes and explore the Lake District. For more cottages, check out our cottage search. Or call us on 017687 80571 if you’re looking for something more specific. We’re open every day from 8.30am to 9.00pm.
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