Everyday Cycling for Everyone!

Cycling is a great sport, loved by millions around the world. The sport has a lot of different disciplines - BMX, Cycle Speedway, Cycle-cross, Mountain Bike, Road and Track Cycling is an excellent form of physical activity for people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health.

Cycling Time Trials offers a taste of competition

For those who wish to try some competition but are afraid of riding in large groups, or being dropped by the pack, time trialing offers the ideal opportunity, as riders are set off at 1 minute intervals with the winner being the one who records the fastest time. Individuals can establish "personal best" times over fixed distances in order to measure their own progress.

Time trialling is not just for the young, but has a significant following by older riders, many of whom compete well into their seventies, riding to beat "Standard" times that are set according to age. Time trialling has much to offer active people in Cumbria and Border City Wheelers, a cycling club based near Carlisle, runs a full time trial programme from entry level upwards. Find out more about Cycling Time Trials.

Social Cycling Groups

Social Cycling Groups makes it easy to get together, find a place to ride and enjoy a bike ride at a level and time that suits you. It provides the ideal opportunity to take control of your cycling, discover new chances to ride and make some friends along the way.

The Bike Bus (service 800, Stagecoach) will be running from Ambleside to Haverthwaite and will take up to 12 bikes inside the vehicle. Following feedback last year the buses have been modified so that children’s and electric bikes can be easily transported as well. Follow the link for the bike bus timetable: Here

Linking with the Bike Bus, the Bike Boat will run from the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole to Wray Castle to carry people and bikes across the lake to the west shore of Windermere. This service will run by Windermere Lake Cruises. Follow this link for the boat timetable and ticket prices: Here

Sky Ride Local

SkyRide Local FREE guided rides
Our exciting SkyRide Local programme continues throughout the summer with a series of FREE guided rides. Rides taking place this month include:

  • Sunday 7 July 11am Steady Hawkshead
  • Wednesday 10 July 11am Easy Coniston
  • Sunday 14 July 11am Easy Elterwater
  • Wednesday 17 July 11am Steady Staveley
  • Sunday 21 July 2pm Steady Coniston
  • Wednesday 24 July 11am Steady Ambleside
  • Sunday 28 July 2pm Easy Coniston

Rides are open to anyone, visitor or resident, and are a great way to see the spectacular Lake District. If you’ve not been on a bike for a while or you want to build your confidence, then why not book on an ‘Easy’ ride. Each ride has a trained SkyRide leader(s) to guide you along the way. If you don’t have your own bike, we can supply contact details for local hire outlets.

Perfect if you have family or friends staying this summer and you’re looking for something to do!
For more information and to sign up for a ride, please visit the SkyRide website

Summer of Cycling Celebration - 30th July at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre

.GoLakes Travel has teamed up with the Lake District National Park to celebrate cycling in the Lake District with a FREE one-day event. They are looking to inspire people to get out and about on their bikes. And with a wealth of cycling events taking place this year plus the new Bike Boat and Bike Bus, there has never been a better time to explore on two wheels. This free event is suitable for all ages and all types of cyclists, whether you are getting on a bike for the first time or are a seasoned cyclist wanting to know more about the new services and routes on offer. Why not come along and …

 Brush up you skills with our ‘get biking with the experts’ sessions
 Take part in a free guided ride
 Try out an electric bike
 Find out about SkyRide and British Cycling
 Pick up free cycle guides for the South and Central Lakes
 Explore Windermere’s secret shore
 Take part in family fun activities

Bring your own bike by hoping on the 800 Bike Bus which runs between Ambleside and Haverthwaite or on the bike boat from Wray Castle Cycle hire will also be available at Brockhole this summer if you don’t have a bike and want to come back and explore.

Full details and advice on how to pre-book for guided rides is available >>more

Cycling in your area

There are 49 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.

Dates for your Diary - Paris to Roubaix 7th April 

Tour De France - 29th June

World Junior Track Cycling Championships - 7th August

World Championships - 21st September


Alex Scoular
NW Regional Development Manager,
British Cycling 
T: 0161 274 2128
M: 07793 844651

Caroline Gilbert
NW Recreation Manager,
British Cycling
T: 0161 274 2000 
M: 07860 404831


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 Local cycle networks are being developed for each town in Cumbria to assist shorter cycle journeys to work, school and shops. With the ongoing 'Better Ways to Schools' project helping to determine the most suitable route.


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