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This year for the first time since 2007, our green and pleasant land played host to the greatest cycling competition in the world; the Tour de France. This summer up and down the country, I think it’s fair to say that we have all gone cycling berserk.  There is a huge appetite out there at the moment for safe, designated cycling trails, upon which the whole family can enjoy a bike ride. Cycling is the perfect family holiday activity and with the bevy of bike trails and tracks for you to discover in the Lake District, it really is no wonder that now more than ever, visitors to our serene pastures are arriving with cycling plans in mind.

 

To help you plan your cycling itinerary in the nearby countryside. We have selected three of the best trails in the local area. Check out these:

 

1) Coniston Circuit

 

One for the slightly more advanced rider, looking to branch out and seek new challenges. Although the ride is fairly agreeable it does encompass some moderately sized mountains. The ride is around 14 miles long, and recommended at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

The circuit takes in some breathtaking scenic views namely the Coniston water loop. The first part of the ride is traffic free, beginning on the west side of Lake Coniston, before following onto some quiet roads.  Feast your eyes on some gorgeous aquatic views and gaze in splendour at the Coniston Fells through the trees all the way around the 14 mile ride.

 

For local bike hire contact, Coniston Boating Centre, Tel 015394 41366 please call at least 24 hours prior to the ride to book your bike and allow plenty of time to collect and pay for the bikes before the ride.

 

2) Kendal to Sizergh Castle Loop.

 

Another challenge, for the slightly more experienced, which again proceeds along some fairly large hills and rougher terrain.This pleasant ride starts at Gooseholme Park before taking you through the Kendal countryside, taking in the surrounding villages and some of the best views along the Lyth Valley. Also in direct sight along the route is Sizergh Castle, a National Trust property covering 1,600 acres. Captivating!

 

3) Windermere Shore Line

 

Finally, if relaxed and carefree is your gear of choice, the 6 mile ride along the Windermere Shore line is perfect for you!

This ride is a great way of getting back on the saddle, after a long hiatus. Bringing your kids along couldn’t be easier, as the terrain is seldom a challenge even for the little ones.

 

This amazing bike ride incorporates a boat trip across Lake Windermere.  Starting from Brockhole Visitor Centre and heading across the Lake to the calming western shore.  From here it’s a smooth ride south wards along straight and broad paths to magnificent Wray Castle.  We strongly encourage you take the opportunity to sample what’s on offer at the castle before making your way back to Brockhole Visitor Centre.

 

This route is perfect for the laid back non competitive cyclist, the added bonus of the boat trip to the other side of the lake adds that extra fun element to an already breezy and languid affair.

 

To book your bike call Electric Mountain, on 07407 422798.

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