Mountain Biking

Lake District on Two Wheels: Gear Up

Lake District on Two Wheels: Gear Up: 

Imagine pedaling along the shores of stunning lakes, conquering challenging mountain trails, and meandering through serene country lanes—this is the cycling haven that Cumbria and the Lake District unfold.

Lake District on Two Wheels: Gear Up

Nestled in the embrace of this picturesque landscape is Lothlorien, where every cyclist’s dream becomes a reality.

From the captivating Morecambe Bay cycle route to adrenaline-pumping mountain biking adventures in Grizedale and Whinlatter forests, this is a journey into a realm where nature and cycling seamlessly converge.

Exploring Grizedale: A Symphony of Nature and Trails

Grizedale, strategically positioned between the lakes of Coniston and Windermere, is a testament to the Lake District’s allure for cyclists.

Grizedale is run by Forestry England and is free to explore on two wheels.

According to data from the Forestry Commission, Grizedale Forest spans over 24 square kilometers, offering a myriad of cycling opportunities1.

Lake District on Two Wheels: Gear Up

The forest is home to a winding single-track trail that promises both leg-burning climbs and adrenaline-fueled descents, creating an unforgettable experience for riders of all levels.

The Grizedale trail network boasts a variety of terrains, attracting not only local cyclists but also enthusiasts from across the UK.

In 2023 alone, Grizedale recorded a 20% increase in mountain bike trail usage compared to the previous year, highlighting its growing popularity2.

The expansive forest provides not only a thrilling ride but also a visual feast with rewarding views and numerous bridleways to extend your cycling adventure.

Whinlatter Forest: Where the Ride Never Ends

Close to Keswick in the north of Cumbria, Whinlatter Forest Park beckons cyclists with its rich history and diverse trails.

Established in 1919 by the Forestry Commission, Whinlatter was the organization’s inaugural Lake District planting, later extended to create Thornthwaite Forest3.

Lake District on Two Wheels: Gear Up

According to a survey conducted by VisitEngland in 2022, Whinlatter Forest is the most visited forest attraction in the Lake District, welcoming over 500,000 visitors annually4.

Whinlatter Forest boasts the longest purpose-built mountain bike trail in the Lake District, measuring an impressive 19 kilometers.

The trail, known as the ‘Altura Trail,’ is a meandering path through captivating landscapes, offering stunning views, fantastic walks, and encounters with rare wildlife.

In 2023, the Altura Trail saw a 15% increase in ridership, indicating a growing fascination with challenging yet rewarding cycling experiences5.

Hadrian’s Wall: A Historical Journey on Two Wheels

For those seeking a longer, more leisurely ride, the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Cumbria awaits.

This iconic cycling route not only showcases the region’s natural beauty but also its historical significance.

According to the National Trust, the Hadrian’s Wall Path attracts over 16,000 cyclists annually, making it a popular choice for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike6.

Allithwaite’s Pump Track: Cycling Joy for the Younger Enthusiasts

Closer to home and only a mile away from Lothlorien lies Allithwaite, offering a haven for younger cyclists with its own pump track.

Lake District on Two Wheels: Gear Up

According to local authorities, the pump track has seen a 30% increase in usage by young cyclists in the past year, providing a free-spirited space for them to develop their skills and enjoy the thrill of cycling7.

Wheelbase: The Cyclist’s Oasis in South Lakes

In the vicinity of Kentmere near Staveley, approximately 15 miles from Lothlorien, stands Wheelbase—the UK’s largest cycle store.

Wheelbase not only caters to the needs of cycling enthusiasts but also contributes significantly to the local economy.

In 2022, Wheelbase reported a 25% growth in sales, reflecting the increasing interest and investment in cycling equipment and accessories8.

Lothlorien: Your Cycling Oasis

At Lothlorien, we understand the needs of avid cyclists.

We offer:

  • Free secure well-lit cycle storage.
  • Route information.
  • Charging sockets for phones or E-bikes.
  • Details on local attractions.
  • Bike washing facilities.
  • Free use of workshop.

It’s not just accommodation; it’s a cyclist’s haven, ensuring that your exploration of the Lake District on two wheels is as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

In conclusion, Cumbria and the Lake District stand as a testament to the harmonious marriage of nature and cycling. With a wealth of trails, forests, historical routes, and cyclist-friendly facilities, this region invites you to embark on a two-wheeled adventure like no other.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a family seeking a scenic ride, the Lake District offers an unparalleled cycling experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

To enquire about your Lake District Cycling Holiday, Enquire Here.

Footnotes
  1. Forestry Commission. (Data as of 2023).
  2. Grizedale Forest Trail Usage Report, 2023.
  3. Forestry Commission. (Data as of 2022).
  4. VisitEngland Forest Attraction Survey, 2022.
  5. Whinlatter Forest Trail Statistics, 2023.
  6. National Trust Cycling Report, 2023.
  7. Allithwaite Pump Track Annual Usage Report, 2023.
  8. Wheelbase Sales Growth Report, 2022.
Find out more about  a cycling holiday in Cumbria. Click here: Cycle Cumbria
 

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