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.
Whinlatter is home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. Its got two trails, the Quercus which is moderate and can be either 3.5km or 7.5km in length or the Altura Trail which “put’s the mountain back into biking”.
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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
Like to get out on your bike more, but not sure where to start? Ride with Sky Ride Local this summer. As part of its partnership with Cumbria County Council, British Cycling is running a series of free guided bike rides in the local area this summer.
With Sky Ride Local all the planning has been done for you. British Cycling have found the best routes, trained up Ride Leaders to guide and support you, and picked some cracking places to visit along the way. With three different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or looking to stretch your legs on a cycling challenge.
So all you need to do is visit goskyride.com, find a ride near you and book your free place. It couldn’t be simpler to get on your bike and ride.
For more information about Sky Ride Local and other bike riding opportunities in Cumbria this summer visit www.goskyride.com/cumbria
Workington – Waterways & Woodlands – 12 miler
Friday 31st July 2015 at 2pm, Moorclose Sports & Leisure Centre, Read more at http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=61765
Cleator Moor – Wildlife & Wilderness – 13 miler
Sunday 9th August, 2015 at 11:00am, Copeland Bowling Centre, Off Wyndham Street, Cleator Moor Read more at http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=61834
Whitehaven – Wildlife & Wilderness – 7 miler
Friday 14th August 2015 at 2pm, Mirehouse Community Centre, Seathwaite Avenue, Read more at http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=61836
Walney Island – Wildlife and Wilderness – 10 miler
Sunday 16th August 2015, at 2pm, End of Sandy Gap Lane , near junction with Biggar bank Road, Read more at http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=62066
Maryport – History and Heritage – 10 miler
Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 2pm, The Wave Centre, Irish Street, Maryport, Read more at http://www.goskyride.com/Search/Details?eventid=62281
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
There are 67 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.
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