Ambleside is an ideal base for exploring other parts of the Lake District, which is why this route both starts and ends here. A short trip out of the town will take you to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70-foot waterfall which is a must-see for those interested in the local geography, along with the 17th Century Bridge House, owned by the National Trust and one of the most photographed scenes in Lakeland.
|CC Lake Windermere. By Nick Rowland||CC Stock Ghyll force. By Mark Fosh||CC Bridge House. By Malc McDonald|
Keswick, meanwhile, is the largest tourist hub in the northern Lake District, and has plenty to see and do. If you want a sneak peek along the route, don't forget to try the panoramic viewfinder at the top of Crosthwaite Church.
|CC Helvellyn. By Chris Ibbotson||CC Bassenthwaite Morning. By James Whitesmith||CC Ullswater. By Claire|
Aside from the many beautiful towns and villages along the route, the Lake District boasts some of the finest, most varied terrain in the UK. The craggy fells of Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, and Coniston Old Man can be spotted from the path, as well as the iconic waters of Windermere, Bassenthwaite and Ullswater, amongst many other fantastic points of interest.
Abundant Nature and Wildlife
The Lake District is home to a vast array of wonderful animals, many being very rare and almost impossible to find anywhere else in the UK. Bird spotters will delight in the possibility of catching a glimpse of a buzzard, eagle or osprey, as well as countless other species that reside here.
Perhaps one of the rarest species that can be found in the Lake District is the red squirrel, which lives in the woodlands and northern parts of the area. Spotting one of these lively creatures is sure to add an extra special memory to your cycling holiday, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
As well as the wonderful variety of animals, the Lake District also plays host to lots of beautiful plant life, including bright daffodils, pretty primroses and the protected juniper. The Lake District National Park contains over a thousand Sites of Special Scientific Interest, so there will always be something amazing to discover.
Distance: 191 km (119.5 miles)
Ascent: 4180 m
Highest Point: 465 m
Distance: 287 km (178 miles)
Ascent: 4720 m
Highest Point: 435 m
- Main roads
- Cycling lanes
- Minor roads
- Cycle paths
|CC Honister Hause by Matthew Robey||CC Toward Ullswater by Amii & David||CC Hardknott Pass by Barney Moss|
There are no off-road sections along this route, which follows quieter, well-laid roads where possible and should make for smooth, pleasant cycling. Main roads are occasionally used, so confidence in cycling near moving traffic is required.
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