Road, mountain, family, solo, group, trail and long distance cycling can all be enjoyed in huge amount in Cumbria and within the Lake District National Park.
Take part in totally for leisure cycling or be put through the paces in one of the many challenges either road or off road that are held every year in the county.
The confirmation of Cumbria being one of the best and most challenging locations to cycle in UK has surely been confirmed by the increase in number of large, cycling sportives taking place such as the ever growing Fred Whitton Challenge and most definitely by the fact the Tour of Britain 2016 that revisits the county for another year. The Cumbria stage this year is stage 2 on Monday 5th September starting from Carlisle and heading to Kendal for the ever popular (well with spectators but not the cyclists!) summit finish of Beast Banks right in the centre of the town. The route goes down to Penrith, across to Ullswater, Keswick, Cockermouth before heading south through Grasmere, Ambleside and onto Kendal.
With improved routes and cycle lanes it really is the summer to take up cycling if not done already or come and visit Cumbria to indulge even more so in the obsession with the sport. A bicycle enables areas of this very sparsely populated, with many hard to reach locations become accessible, summed up perfectly in the image above.
Cycle friendly accommodation is becoming more and more widespread making it even easier to visit with the two wheeled instrument of torture. It is pleasing to see larger hotels encouraging cyclists to stay such as the well located Tebay Services Hotel between Kendal and Penrith. Rooms start from just £89 B&B based on 2 sharing and the restaurant and bar within the hotel provides much needed pre and post cycling refuelling. For more information visit http://www.westmorlandhotel.com/ or call 01539 624351