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.

Whinlatter & Grizdales named in The Top 10 family mountain biking trails in the UK

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”.

Grizedale Forest, in the heart of the Lake District, offers a great day out and provides a good challenge to the more serious bikers >>More

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

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, 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

Cycling in your area

There are 23 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.

Lots of Cycle Events this Summer


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


FREE cycling guides

New FREE Cycling Guides from Cumbria Tourism's Adventure Capital Programme now available for Alston, Keswick and Kendal each containing 5 do in a day routes

Free national cycle network app and maps from Sustrans

Leading UK Cycle Charity Sustrans has introduced an improved online mapping facility through a new iPhone App

Cycle To Work Scheme

Cycling is a great way for people to get, and stay, fit and healthy.The Cycle to Work Guarantee is a voluntary initiative from the Department for Transport, challenging businesses to become cycle friendly employers by making it easy for staff to cycle to and from work.

Bike for Life

Cumbria County Council are doing a lot of work around cycling as a sustainable form or transport and cycling for health.

 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.

Top 10 family mountain biking trails in the UK >>More

Racesmart is an awareness campaign designed to promote responsible racing on Britain’s roads >>More