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Cycling is the Lake District

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Cycling is the Lake District

My girlfriend and I will be going to Keswick later this month. We had planned to bring our mountain bikes with us using a bike rack.

How suitable is the Lake District for cycling? We don't really want to go up and down fells, just a gentle cycle around the area.

We have a healthy respect for my wellbeing, and we're just worried that all the narrow roads in the Keswick will be busy and a little dangerous for cycling.


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1. Re: Cycling is the Lake District

It's fantastic, but can be quite hilly. You need a bit of energy, that's for sure.

If you're road cycling then it's superb. The roads can be windy but if you use a bit of common sense, you'll be fine.

Off road mountain-biking. I think most of the tracks can be quite specialist and the walkers don't like having bikes whizzing past (not unreasonably).

Have a look at www.bikeradar.com for some more info and details on specific routes.

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2. Re: Cycling is the Lake District

Very hilly! Admittedly, my only experience of cycling in the area was when we were stranded in the Lake District on holiday at the time of the petrol strikes - so it was my first time on a bike since childhood! It was tough going but enjoyable enough to encourage me to purchase a new bike and start cycling again!

We were a bit further south, between Windermere and Newby Bridge but found that once you got off the main thoroughfares, there were lots of wonderfully peaceful lanes that you could have practically to yourself. We've been there in September a few times and the roads really aren't quite as busy as they would be earlier in the peak season. I would exercise some caution on any of the more "major" lanes, as some cars do whizz round the corners there.

Usually, tourist information centres or cycle shops can provide some leaflets with recommended routes.

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3. Re: Cycling is the Lake District

There's an old railway line that runs from the back of the swimming pool in Keswick (at the old station) that has been turned into a cycle track. It runs for about 3 or 4 miles to Threlkeld, and then from there, there are some nice quiet roads that you can ride. We used it many times in with small children. It's a fab, gentle ride!

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