FAQ: Cycling in lake district?

Lake District Road Cycling Routes


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How far is it to cycle around Lake Windermere?

There are 3 miles of traffic free cycle paths and a further couple of miles of very quiet roads south of Wray Castle on the western side of Windermere. The best thing about this route however, is that you can turn it into a real mini-adventure by catching the Windermere Bike Boat from the eastern shore of the lake.

Where should I stop in the Lake District?

12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Lake District, England

  • Lake District National Park. Lake District National Park.
  • Lake Windermere. Lake Windermere.
  • Derwentwater. Derwentwater.
  • Helvellyn. View over the Lake District from Helvellyn.
  • Ullswater. Ullswater.
  • Hill Top. Hill Top | Stephen Allport / photo modified.
  • Catbells High Ridge Hike. Catbells High Ridge Hike.
  • Dove Cottage. Dove Cottage.

How many days do you need in Lake District?

We drove up early on a Saturday morning, staying just one night, but I‘d highly recommend spending 2 nights in the Lake District and 3 full days (at least) to get a good feel for the area and take some longer hikes around different areas.

What is the best area to stay in the Lake District?

Lake District B+Bs offer the perfect affordable opportunity to enjoy the National Park with some lovely home comforts. With many properties in Windermere, Keswick, Ambleside and beyond offering dinner, bed and breakfast deals there’s no need to look any further when planning a break in the Lakes.

Can you cycle around Lake Windermere?

The hills and fells around Windermere provide great cycling country. The western shore of the lake is particularly good for bikes.

How much is the Windermere Ferry?

The Ferry crossing normally takes 10 minutes including loading, safety checks and the journey across the lake.


Schedule of fares (from 1 April 2019) Single
Vehicles over 6m length £10
Vehicle and trailer (over 6m length) £10
Disabled passengers (display blue badge) Free

What is the most beautiful part of the Lake District?

The 10 Most Beautiful Spots in the Lake District

  • Grasmere. Natural Feature. Add.
  • Kendal Castle. Historical Landmark. Add.
  • Ambleside. Natural Feature. Add.
  • Kirkstone Pass. Natural Feature. Add.
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle. Archaeological site. Add.
  • Shap Abbey. Church. Add.
  • Tarn Hows. Hiking Trail. Add.
  • Scafell Pike. Natural Feature. Add.

What is the best town in the Lake District?

Best towns to stay in the Lake District

  • Hawkshead.
  • Keswick.
  • Grasmere.
  • Bowness-on-Windermere.
  • Ambleside.
  • Coniston.
  • Cartmel.

What should you not miss in the Lake District?

15 things you must do in the Lake District

  • Meet the stars at Low Gillerthwaite.
  • Explore the UK’s most haunted castle – Muncaster.
  • Try Grasmere gingerbread.
  • Stroll around Lake Buttermere.
  • Climb a fell.
  • Follow Wordsworth’s footsteps at Dove Cottage.
  • See the sights by electric bike.
  • Wander the trails at Whinlatter Forest Park.

What is the best time of year to visit the Lake District?

Depends what you want to do, weatherwise over the years we’ve probably had the best weather in May/June and September/October. The Lake District is a year round destination for many people but the busiest periods will be the summer months, public holidays and when the schools are on half-term breaks.

Do you need a car in Lake District?

From trains and buses to bikes and boats, it turns out you really can visit the Lake District without a car! I‘ve just returned from an exciting car-free adventure in England’s beautiful Lake District. It was my second time in the region.

Do you have to pay to go to the Lake District?

Call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge) or visit their website More information on travelling around the Lake District. We hold numerous events and guided walks in the Lake District and many are free.

Which is better Peak District or Lake District?

As already mentioned they are both lovely. The Lake District is more about stretches of water and mountains, whereas the Peak District is a mass of rolling hills and many cave networks. Both the Lake District and the Peak District are good for walking and both are very popular – especially in August.

Is Windermere worth visiting?

Lake Windermere is by far the most popular lake to explore in the Lake District. The town of Windwemere is also a wonderful place to explore. I usually head here for a day trip, park my car, and walk around the lake and town for hours.

Is Lake District expensive?

The Lake District is the costliest national park in which to buy a house compared to the surrounding county in the whole of England and Wales. In the Lakes it costs more than twice as much (105%) to buy a house than in wider Cumbria – £364,200 compared to £117,800.

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