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Cycling in lake District - South Lakeland

The Lake District's South Lakeland is a great place to explore by bike. There are quiet country lanes, back roads and National Cycle Network routes. Free cycling routes covering a variety of difficulty levels are available to download below.

There's also now a brand new Let's Ride route planner tool with lots of routes available. Give it a go and try it for yourselves! 

Cycling in South Lakeland

Follow this link to view all the National Cycle Network routes in South Lakeland, as well as the section of the Lakes and Dales Loop that falls within the district.

Kendal Cycleways

The majority of the route from the south of Kendal to the north can be cycled off the highway on designated cycleways and the Kendal Canal path. The entire route can be viewed on this map.

Cycling around Kendal

The Kendal cycling guide offers five do-in-a-day rides on country lanes and quiet roads from Kendal - the Gateway to the Lakes. Please download the routes below.

Click on the links below to open pdfs of the routes

Route 1 - Lakeland Fringes (short - hard, 10 miles)

Route 2 - Kent Valley (short - easy, 10 miles)

Route 3 - Bird's Eye Kendal (short - hard, 8.5 miles)

Route 4 - Lyth Valley (medium - moderate, 13 miles)

Route 5 - A Trip to the Seaside - Milnthorpe & Arnside (long - easy, 26 miles)

Cycling in Coniston

Route 1 - Little Langdale (short - challenge, 9.9 miles)

Route 2 - Coniston Water & Subberthwaite Common (medium - moderate to long -hard, 17.4 mile to 23 miles)

Route 3 - Tarn Hows (short - challenge, 8.7 miles)

Cycling in Windermere

Windermere Lake Shore (easy mountain bike ride, 6.9 miles)

Claife Heights (mountain biking, 9 miles) 

Cycling from Ulverston to Penny Bridge

Ulverston to Penny Bridge (tarmac backroads with lots of hills, 13 miles)

Cycling around Arnside and Silverdale AONB

There are several places in the AONB where you can get off tarmac on your bike such as the long bridleway over Warton Crag, Dollywood Lane byway near Beetham and the permissive route through Backwood, which takes you past the remains of a limeworks restored by the Limestone Heritage Project.

Arnside and Silverdale AONB Cycle & See