One of the best ways to keep children out of mischief is to keep them entertained and what better way than exploring the great outdoors on two wheels. We are spoilt for choice in the Lake District for places to ride whether on scenic country lanes, cycleways, off road adventures or forest trails. The hardest part is deciding where to go!
If you are bringing your bike with you then we have everything you need from a secure place to lock your bikes away, to facilities for washing off the Lake District mud and even a drying room so your kit is ready to go again the next day.
The Lake District National Park have put together a handy leaflet showing 5 easy cycling trails for families or those that want to take things a bit easier and enjoy the views. Take a look at a few of the rides below and if you would like more information download the full guide here.
Distance 16 miles - starting from Ambleside
Riding mostly on minor roads and bridleways with one small section of main road on the way back, it’s a lumpy ride with two steep sections. You will be rewarded for the hills with glorious views of Skelwith Force waterfall, Elterwater Meadows and the impressive Langdale Pikes. If that doesn’t persuade you (or your family) then the cafes and pubs along the way most definitely will.
Distance - 12 miles starting from Ambleside
This is a great trail away from the main road that takes you to the pretty village of Grasmere - home to the famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop (leave room in your pockets to bring some back it’s delicious!). Following lake-shore trails with a couple of steep sections you will ride through woodlands and over an iron cycle bridge to cross the River Rothay ending up at Grasmere lake - a great place for a picnic. Don’t eat too many sandwiches though as there is a cheeky little uphill straight after!
Windermere’s West Shore
Distance - 16 miles starting from Bowness
Although this route has a couple of short sections on the main road it is filled with variety, a ferry ride and an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of Bowness. After the added adventure of a ferry ride you are soon heading along a woodland track on your way to Wray Castle where there is a lovely cafe and activities for the kids if they have any energy left! Then it’s back onto traffic free trails for your ride home apart from a small main road section.
We have some great offers on room rates throughout February half-term so why not start planning your biking adventures now.