Our cycling holiday in the Lake District is one we are so thrilled to share. The electrifying beauty of the area has earned it world wide acclaim with its magnificent mountains, breath taking stretches of open water and beautiful villages. Yet there is a huge challenge in finding gentle cycling routes that don't involve too many hills or much traffic and stay true to our slow travel mantra and delight of hidden gems. The Electric Lakes tour ticks all these boxes and by using an electric bike you will cruise along not only the lanes and tracks we have found for you but also on lakes by boat and by steam railway at the end of the tour. You will pedal at the foot of giant Skiddaw and Helvellyn mountains, cycle waterside along lake shores, speed past crags and fells, explore farms, houses and villages loved by artists and writers and spy landscapes that inspired Wainwright's many walks.
We have picked boutique hotels and characterful village inns and houses for overnight locations; there is an excellent choice of locally sourced foods to be found in the cafés and restaurants and an arts and crafts heritage, unique gardens and a ruined castle to enjoy.
Here's a sneak peak of our top tips to whet your appetite:
- The Kitchen Garden cafe at Askham Hall for a fine cuppa in the old stable boxes and great carrot cake
- The Crown at Hesket Newmarket owned by the villagers who brew and sell local ales and home made food
- Banks ironmongers in Cockermouth for an astonishing range of wares
- The view from the Three Shires Inn terrace in Little Langdale