Cycle Routes in Cumbria

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The Lake District

Cumbria is a beautiful county with some of Britain's most spectacular scenery.

One major attraction in the region is the popular Lake District National Park (right) with its awe inspiring views. There are also some lovely coastal rides particularly on the Hadrian's Cycleway which is mapped in full below in the Ravenglass to Tynemouth route.

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Cumbria including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Cockermouth to Workington12 miles (20 km)**
Kendal to Windermere10 miles (16 km)**
Keswick to Cockermouth14 miles (22 km)***
Whinlatter Forest Park7 miles (11 km)**

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Carlisle to Gretna20 miles (32 km)**
Lancaster to Kendal26 miles (42 km)**
Penrith to Appleby-In-Westmorland19 miles (30 km)***
Penrith to Carlisle25 miles (40 km)***
South Tyne Trail23 miles (37 km)***
Windermere-Circular28 miles (45 km)***

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Carlisle to Cockermouth34 miles (55 km)****
Coast to Coast Whitehaven to Tynemouth137 miles (220 km)****
Kendal to Appleby-In-Westmorland37 miles (60 km)****
Kendal to Settle43 miles (70 km)*****
Lancaster Canal57 miles (91 km)*
Northallerton to Appleby-In-Westmorland62 miles (100 km)*****
Penrith to Consett53 miles (85 km)****
Penrith to Haltwhistle37 miles (60 km)****
Ravenglass to Silloth53 miles (86 km)***
Ravenglass to Tynemouth180 miles (290 km)****
Silloth to Haltwhistle63 miles (102 km)***
Whitehaven to Keswick31 miles (50 km)***
Whitehaven to Penrith53 miles (85 km)****
Whitehaven to Sunderland134 miles (215 km)****


 Cumbria Cycling Links
NameDescription
Country LanesHolidays and hire in the Lake District, New Forest and on the Isle of Wight
Cycle ActiveOrganises Cycle Holidays for the C2C route
Go LakesMaps and routes for walking and cycling plus a whole host of other useful well presented info on the Lake District
Hadrian's CyclewayA wealth of information on this route including guide notes, accommodation advice and bike hire.
Keswick and the North LakesA collection of pdfs for routes in the Keswick area
Lake District Authority WebsiteLots of useful information and links on cycling and walking in the lake district
Lake District National ParkOfficial site for this stunning area
North Pennines AONBLots of useful information for this beautiful region
Three Rivers CyclewayThorough guide to NCN routes 1, 7, 14 & 72.
Walney to WearAll the information you need on this wonderful coast to coast route


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