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Holiday cottages in the Lake District with bike storage

Kim Brough 19 January 2023

Zipping around the Lake District on a bike is amazing fun. You can climb the fells on a mountain bike and shoot back down rocky paths; smoothly glide along the quiet and twisting back roads, or rumble along easy forest paths.

Because of the abundance of cycling trails in the Lake District, there are plenty of places to hire a bike. But if you’re a regular cyclist and are bringing your own two wheels, you’ll want to have a safe place to store it during your stay. Fortunately, many of our Lake District holiday cottages offer secure bike storage.

Browse a small selection of our self-catering accommodation with bike storage. We’ve even given you some great ideas for nearby routes to try out during your stay!


Bleaberry Lodge, Thornthwaite | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Bleaberry Lodge, Thornthwaite | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

This gorgeous property has all the external features of a traditional Lakeland farmhouse, yet inside has been beautifully and sympathetically modernised. The subtle décor, comfortable furnishings and airy rooms complement the spectacular surrounding views, made possible by Bleaberry Lodge’s elevated position.

Where can I store my bikes?: 

  • Lockable bike storage for 3-4 bikes

Maintenance and repairs

  • Cyclewise provides bike repairs and servicing both within Whinlatter Forest and in the nearby town of Cockermouth.  
  • Electric bike charging points can be found in Whinlatter, Portinscale, Keswick and Cockermouth.

Nearby cycling routes

For cyclists, you could hardly be better placed. The property backs onto Whinlatter Forest, which is famous for its incredible mountain bike trails. There are also gentler forest paths to explore by bike, which are perfect for children and beginners.

If you’re more into your road cycling, take on the challenging Whinlatter Pass, which is part of the Fred Whitton Sportive and reaches gradients of 15% (average 7%). The 18-mile loop around nearby Bassenthwaite Lake is much flatter and has wonderful views and interesting wildlife


Bowderbeck, Buttermere | sleeps 8

Bowderbeck, Buttermere | sleeps 8

Bowderbeck is an eco-friendly, 18th-century character cottage in a secluded location, close to the pretty lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water. With flagged floors, a wood burner and its own mountain stream through the garden, this idyllic property will charm you the moment you trundle up the drive. 

Where can I store my bikes? 

  • An external store is available for bike and equipment storage

Maintenance and repairs

Nearby cycling routes

Cycling routes emanate directly from the door, heading into the mountains or along country roads.

The most famous and invigorating route near here is for the road cyclists amongst you: Honister Pass. This imposing road climb is a favourite challenge amongst experienced riders. Reaching a gradient of 25%, the burn in your legs is real! But the pain is soothed by the incredible scenery and - of course - the thrilling cruise back down. 

An easier road cycling pass is in the opposite direction along Newlands Hause. Or enjoy a much gentler option around Buttermere: the route keeps close to the lakeshore and includes plenty of interest: woodland, mountain views and even a rock tunnel!


Glenmore, Mawbray | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Glenmore, Mawbray | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Glenmore is one of the oldest buildings in the quaint coastal village of Mawbray. Dating back to 1613, it enjoys many original features including low ceilings, feature fireplaces, and dark beams. Despite its age, the cottage is a retreat fully equipped for modern-day living and you can be sure of an excellent and comfortable stay. 

Where can I store my bikes?

  • Bike storage is located in the garage. Please bring your own locks for secure storage.

Maintenance and repairs

Nearby cycling routes

Mawbray’s privileged position on the Solway Coast means that you have stretches of stunning shoreline to explore by bike. Designated off-road bike routes follow much of the coast down to Maryport, with views across the water towards Scotland. 

Nature lovers will enjoy a gently undulating ride at Mawbray Banks Nature Reserve, while history buffs might prefer heading along Hadrian’s Cycleway. This long-distance route passes through the area taking in fascinating historic sites along the way.


Brambly Edge, Keswick | sleeps 4

Brambly Edge, Keswick | sleeps 4

A modern retreat in the heart of Keswick, Brambly Edge is a stylish getaway where you can truly relax after a hard day of pumping those pedals. Its location alongside the river and close to the centre of town makes it extremely convenient for everything you need during your holiday.

Where can I store my bikes?

  • Bike storage available in the property

Maintenance and repairs

  • Biketreks Keswick provides a service centre as well as a store for equipment and clothing. There are numerous general outdoor pursuit stores in Keswick too.
  • E-Venture Bikes specialises in equipment and servicing for electric bikes. 
  • You can also charge your electric bikes at a number of locations in town including The Wild Strawberry and Biketreks.

Nearby cycling routes

The Threlkeld and Keswick Railway Path runs right past Brambly Edge, so you can be zipping off on your way within seconds. This fully paved path is a delightful bike ride perfect for all ages and abilities. Glide amidst woodland, along the river, and through former railway tunnels en route to the popular village of Threlkeld, where you’ll find a couple of pubs for a snack before heading back.

For a rougher or more challenging ride, there are multiple paths leading from the railway path that will take you into woodland and up mountains. Latrigg is a small but popular fell for mountain bikers with a fairly easy climb that offers excellent views and a large, flat summit above Keswick. Behind it, Skiddaw tempts you with a more challenging ascent.


The Crow’s Nest, Bowness-on-Windermere | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

The Crow’s Nest, Bowness-on-Windermere | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

This townhouse has it all: a position close to Bowness-on-Windermere town centre, a balcony, and a top-floor lounge that makes the most of the mountain views. It’s bright and modern with its own outside space and two private parking spaces.

Where can I store my bikes? 

  • Bike storage is available in the integral garage

Maintenance and repairs

  • The UK’s biggest cycle store, Wheelbase, is a short drive away in Staveley, so you’ll be almost guaranteed to find what you need there. They also offer servicing for both push bikes and e-bikes.

Nearby cycling routes

Make sure to warm up for this challenge, because Bowness is where you can start (or end) the epic Kirkstone Pass road climb! This is the highest road pass in the Lake District (396 metres) and reaches gradients of 24%, so isn’t for the faint-hearted cyclist! It’s a truly epic ride, though, with Windermere behind you and beautiful Ullswater ahead. Unless you fancy doing a long loop back to Bowness, make sure you have someone to pick you up at the other end.

Of course, there are easier cycling options around Bowness, too. Why not hop on the ferry to Windermere’s western shore, where you’ll find wonderful quiet roads and easy tracks to follow through the woods, at attractions like Wray Castle, and up into the fells.

Electric bike charging is available at Brockhole.


Eleanor’s Escape, Glenridding | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

Eleanor’s Escape, Glenridding | sleeps 4 + 1 dog

In one of the Lake District’s most beautiful areas, Glenridding, Eleanor’s Escape is a self-catering cottage that is sure to delight and excite. The brilliantly modern interior is enclosed in a gorgeous stone exterior, with views that will take your breath away. Enjoy the outlook from either the living/dining room or the outside seating area.

Where can I store my bikes?:

  • Lockable bike storage in a stone outbuilding

Maintenance and repairs

  • Arragon’s Cycle Centre in the nearby town of Penrith is a family run bicycle store where the staff really know their stuff. They have all the usual services and a store, and also host regular cycling events. 
  • Bigger stores such as Halfords and Go Outdoors are also found in the town.

Nearby cycling routes

By foot or by bike, the most beloved route in this area is Helvellyn. Though you won’t be traversing the infamous ridges on your bike, this monster of a mountain still has adventures in store! Following the highest bridleway in England, you’ll need to hike-a-bike at times, which is a small price to pay for the experience. The route covers 13 miles of tough terrain, so make sure you’re fully fit and raring to go!

There is an array of less challenging mountain bike rides around Ullswater, including the classic Boredale bridleway and Moor Divock with its long flat summit and fascinating ancient monuments. Make use of the Ullswater ‘Steamers’ to get from Glenridding to starting points around the lake. Bike spaces are available on the boats, though are limited.


Lily Hall, Ennerdale Bridge | sleeps 7 + 2 dogs

Lily Hall, Ennerdale Bridge | sleeps 7 + 2 dogs

Luxury is the name of the game at Lily Hall. This spacious property has been tastefully and expertly built from the ground up in the finest of West Lakes scenery. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the views, and each element has been well thought out for your absolute comfort.

Where can I store my bikes?

  • Bike storage is available in a lockable shed

Maintenance and repairs

Nearby cycling routes

Ennerdale is one of the remotest valleys in the Lake District, with only a rough track going in and out of the valley, and no public access to motor vehicles. As a result, the cycling opportunities here are unrivalled. And, with over 10 miles of forest roads, two wheels offer the best way to explore the entirety of this valley.

The opposite direction, heading out of the valley, will take you towards the coast at Whitehaven. Other than a small amount of on-road biking at the Ennerdale end, this route follows a cyclepath the whole way. It offers a wonderfully peaceful and easy-to-follow path that covers around 10 miles. This also forms part of the C2C cycle route.


Dalegarth Hall, Eskdale | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Dalegarth Hall, Eskdale | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

Dalegarth is a historic gem that has held an important position in =qxs for hundreds of years. At this manor house, you’ll be surrounded by antiques and clues to the family history: the Stanley family have lived here since 1345! Despite its age and impressive credentials, this is a welcoming home from home where you can kick back and relax.

Where can I store my bikes?

  • There is a bike and boot store with French doors that allows for easy access after a muddy ride

Maintenance and repairs

  • Marra Bikes and Boards in Gosforth admit to enjoying tinkering with bikes more than riding them! So you can bet they’re a great stop if your bike needs a repair or refresh.

Nearby cycling routes

The best-known cycling route in Eskdale is the intimidating Hardknott Pass, an extremely challenging road that should only be attempted in good weather. But if you’re a well seasoned road cyclist with a hardy bike, then you’ll love the burn and the thrill of gradients that reach a whopping 30% in places! 

Down in the valley, there are easier cycling opportunities along quiet roads, through tranquil woodland, and by peaceful rivers. You could even hop on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Miniature Railway (don’t forget to book a space for your bike in advance) to enjoy an excellent linear ride along the Eskdale Trail from the coast at Ravenglass.


Wetherlam, Coniston | sleeps 3

Wetherlam, Coniston | sleeps 3

Enjoy direct access to Coniston Water and to the wider private estate at Wetherlam, an old stablehand’s cottage. It’s a cosy and comfortable spot with an unrivalled position close to the water’s edge. Take a picnic down to the shore, wander around the lovely grounds, or simply put up your feet in front of the cottage’s wood burner.

Where can I store my bikes? 

  • Shared covered bike storage. Please advise us in advance if you would like to make use of it.

Maintenance and repairs

  • Biketreks Grizedale provides maintenance services close by. 
  • Coniston village is home to a couple of general outdoor shops that stock clothing and a small amount of equipment.

Nearby cycling routes

The Langdale Valley Cycle Trail is a linear route that takes you through the midst of some of the Lake District’s most iconic scenery. Meadows, quarries and woodland await your explorations, and the pretty bridges and waterways you pass fill your day with delight.

You’re also within easy reach of Grizedale Forest with its many woodland paths that are perfect for family rides and mountain bike tricks.

View Wetherlam


Holiday cottages with bike storage

The Lake District is an ideal location for both on- and off-road cycling. Plenty of our holiday cottages provide secure and covered bike storage across the national park. Can’t find somewhere you like on this list? Call us on 01768 720615 and our friendly team will be happy to help you find the perfect holiday cottage with bike storage.

 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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