The Lake District was made for cycling, with everything from challenging off-road mountain biking routes to gentle country lanes on offer.
For a gentle introduction to pedalling the Lake District National Park, start with the Windermere West Shore Cycle Trail, a traffic-free cycleway that hugs the lake’s shoreline for 4 miles (6 km) of gently undulating off-road trail, suitable for most bikes and riders. There are plenty of cross-country routes to pick from too, and you can hire electric bikes if you can’t face the hills!
Adventurous cyclists should head to Grizedale Forest and spend the day testing your skills over rocky descents. Grizedale Mountain Bikes can rent you a bike and a map; then you decide how hard you push it on the legendary North Face Trail. Further north, Whinlatter provides another 12 miles (19 km) of thrilling trails. In Penrith, CycleActive offer various guided mountain biking trips guaranteeing a thrilling ride for beginners and pros alike..
Windermere is in northwest England, just over 3 hours from London by train.