The Top Cycling Routes in the Lake District

10 November 2017

The Lake District was made for cycling. From gentle country lanes, permitted cycleways and bridleways, to the more challenging off-road mountain biking routes, there's something to suit all experience levels. You'll be guaranteed stunning views along your journey too! Below we've listed some of the top cycling routes the Lake District has to offer.


This is perfect for mountain bikers as it boasts the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in all of the Lake District. There are three main trails on offer within this area; firstly, the Altura Trail which is described as a hard trail and has been built for those riders with experience who have great off-road skills along with a high level of stamina and fitness - not one for the faint-hearted!

The Quercus Trail and the Mountain Bike Orienteering trail are both described as moderate. The Quercus trail is a gem waiting to be discovered. Discover flowing single tracks, rolling jumps with gentle berms and more!

Grizedale Forest

Located in the heart of the Lake District, this forest offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Not only is it a perfect spot to admire wildlife, amazing sculptures and relax, but it's perfect for those who want to cycle. Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you love shredding through rock gardens, then Grizedale Forest offers fantastic opportunities.

The gentle Goosey Foot Tarn Trail and Mushroom cycle trail are perfect for those who are just learning to ride their bike and for those who are ready for a fitness challenge, then The Grizedale Tarn Trail and Hawkshead Moor Trail could be for you. The un-graded paths follow many forests trails for a thrilling off-road experience.

The Lake District is always a popular choice for people hoping to escape on a cycling holiday, and if you're looking for luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District to base yourself for your stay, then we've just got just the place. Even by staying in the same place, you won't be restricted as there are numerous different cycling routes all throughout the Lake District, so you'll find a different route for every day at east. Contact us today for more information on our self-catering holiday cottages. 

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