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Sticking to the tracks, country lanes and cycle paths doesn’t mean missing out on our county’s great biking opportunities. Road cyclists, tourers and those who just want to take it easy and take in the view are well catered for too. Quiet country roads, byways and a network of cycle paths, there’s a lot to see and do, so get on your bike and discover the Lake District from your saddle, dont forget to follow us on our social media channels and tag us in your #lakescycling photos too.

Visit our events section to see the best Sportives or ride some of the best routes in the Lake District by downloading our GPX routes in

Cycling touring is a great way to discover the county – travelling larger distances and absorbing more of the landscapes and surroundings. Whether you live close by or are on a visit to sample the famous great Lakes outdoors, getting on a bike is a safe and swift way of exploring. After such exertion you can be fully justified in stopping for a slab of cake or a pint of locally brewed beer at any one of the many fine cafés or village pubs. Visit our page for the best local pit-stops.

You can also sign up for one of the many cyclosportive or audax rides in the area. Cyclosportives often feature a number of different length loops as challenge rides. They are organised events which follow way-marked routes, and have a number of refreshment stops along the way. You are normally timed although they are not a race, and so you can always come back the next year to try and improve your time. They can be really good social occasions with hundreds of riders out on course.

Audax rides are organised events that start at 50km and work up to 600km. You need to be more self-contained, organising your own food and often doing some navigation.

The last decade has seen a year on year increase in the number and geographical spread of cyclosportives, and top events like the Fred Witton Sportive book up very quickly. All of these events pitch road riders, ranging from have-a-go types to would-be racers, against the UK’s best, most scenic and most challenging routes.

The Way of the Cycle Route

There’s the newest coast to coast route, The Way of the Roses, just waiting to be tried. With its 170 well-signed miles between Morecambe and Bridlington Bays, it rolls through the Forest of Bowland, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale, on its way to York and the Yorkshire Wolds, all enjoyed from cycle paths, country lanes and quieter roads. Just follow the distinctive blue signs bearing red and white roses.

Distance: 266 km

Terrain: Quiet country roads & plenty of stops in country villages and market towns

Starting point: Morecambe, Lake District

Finish point: Bridlington, Yorkshire

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