Start 2017 as you mean to go on, cycling in the Lake District

New Year, new challenges, let’s not use the word resolutions. A chance to start a new year with a positive outlook no matter what. Getting out more is definitely high of many people’s agendas whether it be for increasing fitness, making new friends or exploring new places and the Lake District fits the bill as a destination for all three.

Cycling is one activity that is growing in popularity up and down the country and especially in the Lake District National Park. It has some of the best roads for road cycling and off road mountain bike tracks, an ever increasing network of cycle paths and routes and in the summer, bike buses and now even bike boats.

But cyclists and those wanting to get out and about needn’t wait until summer. The 2017 programme of cycling events by Sky Ride will be starting in Cumbria mid February. Definitely a date for the diary is February 12 for a 16 mile ride called “Ride and walk in the jaws of Langdale”. This route is classed as steady and starts from Ambleside Primary School on Vicarage Road, Ambleside. It is quick and easy to book a place and the places and it’s free, a great idea for a family activity day.

cycle friendly b&b lake district

Ambleside, Windermere and onto Langdale, has some fantastic off road yet flat cycle routes. Make use of the Windermere Ferry which runs across the lake from Bowness to Far Sawrey. Simply hop on with your bike and explore a different side of the lake.

The western side of the lake is often a quieter place to stay over to and very affordable. The Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is an easy cycle from Ferry House enabling the Windermere Ferry to be caught. A short cycle through Bowness and the start of the Windermere loop awaits. Standard tariff rooms at Cuckoo Brow start at £111 per night bed & breakfast based on 2 sharing but there are offers throughout the year for certain dates from just £77 all when booking direct. Call 015394 43425 or visit