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Fun Guided Cycle Rides are coming to Cumbria

May 11, 2016

Sky Ride Local rides are coming, so if you’re keen to get out on your bike a bit more this summer, but don’t know where to start, this new series of free bike rides in Cumbria could be the answer.

In partnership with British Cycling and Sky, Cumbria County Council, along with Active Cumbria, See More Cumbria, The National Trust and local councils, have scheduled an exciting series of guided bike rides for 2016. As part of a campaign to get more people cycling for fun and fitness, Sky Ride Local rides are guided by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders and cover a range of fantastic routes, giving you the opportunity to see your area by bike like never before. What’s more, the rides are pitched at three different levels, so there’s something for everyone. 

David Bourque, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said:

‘Whether you are a local or a visitor, there’s no better way to get outdoors, get some exercise and explore Cumbria with friends than on a bike ride. Join the fun and register for a Sky Ride Local bike ride taking place throughout the county this summer.

‘The rides begin on 21 May, so there’s no better time to get on your bike. Whether you’re building your confidence or looking to challenge yourself, there’s a Sky Ride Local for you in Cumbria.’

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council’s Public Health Director, said

‘Cycling is a great way to get back into shape, whether your doing it for fun or fitness, cycling is easier on your joints and a good activity that helps sharpen the mind too. It’s an easy way to be active, healthy and get some exercise. What’s more, it’s great for families too!’

To mark the launch of the new season, Sky Ride Local Cumbria is kicking off with an extra special weekend of rides on 21st and 22nd May.  British Cycling is teaming up with Keswick Mountain Festival which returns with a host of outdoor activities including a Sky Ride Local ride exploring Force Crag Mine on Saturday 21 May plus a women’s only Breeze ride on Sunday 22 May. For people in the south Lakes there’s a Sky Ride Local along Coniston’s shoreline on Sunday 22 May.

Even more cycling opportunities are available in Cumbria this year with Breeze and Ride Social.

Breeze is the biggest national programme designed to inspire and support more women to ride their bikes. Breeze is led by women, for women. The programme is supported by a network of trained volunteers called Breeze champions who organise local guided rides on a weekly basis.

Meanwhile, discover more with Ride Social, Britain’s biggest social cycling community. Cycling is more fun when you do it with others and Ride Social allows cyclists to meet up, form groups and start riding together.

To register for a free guided bike ride and find out more about getting into cycling, visit:


Upcoming rides in Cumbria include:



  • Ride to Force Crag Mine - 13 miler                                                Saturday 21 May
  • Ride to Force Crag Mine - 13 miler                                                    Sunday 12 June
  • Maryport Wave to Allonby - 10 miler                                                  Sunday 31 July


  • Walney Island Nature Reserve Ride - 10 miler                                  Sunday 5 June
  • Roose to Roa Island  - 8 miler                                                            Sunday 26 June
  • Dalton to Gleaston Circuit - 9 miler                                                    Sunday 28 August


  • Canny Caldbeck Circular - 31 miler                                                   Sunday 29 May
  • Bitts Park, Rickerby Park, Linstock and Willowholme - 10 miler       Sunday 12 June
  • Brampton - Riding with the Romans - 19 miler                                  Sunday 3 July


  • Ride along Ennerdale Water                                                               Sunday 10 July
  • Copeland Family Ride (part of the Whitehaven Spoke Festival)       Saturday 17 Sept


  • Acorn Bank to the Fellside - 11 miler                                                 Sunday 29 May
  • Greystoke - Explore the Edge of the Northern Fells - 17 miler          Sunday 5 June
  • Pooley Bridge Potter - 8 miler                                                                        Sunday 19 June

South Lakeland

  • Coniston - Coniston Water Shoreline Hugger - 4 miler*                     Sunday 22 May
  • Windermere - The Shore Line - 9 miler                                              Sunday 19 June
  • Hawkshead - Biking, Bunnies and Boats - 11 miler                           Sunday 26 June


* Indicates rides in association with Keswick Mountain Festival.