Lake District North West
West Cumbria is a very popular cycling area covering hills, mountains and coastal areas. Country roads are less busy and more accessible than most areas complemented by an extensive network of off-road traffic-free trails. Bike hire business' willing to cater to all your needs are never far away. From the leisurely countryside of the Solway Plain and Cumbrian coastal area to more challenging fells and dramatic mountain passes, West Cumbria can offer the freedom to explore a variety of experiences. Discover untouched traditional villages and interesting places to visit along the way.
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Safety equipment should be used at all times and planning your cycle route will make your journey much more enjoyable. Information on Lakeland weather is available from the North England Latest Weather or by calling the Weatherline on 017687 75757.
Listed below some of the more popular routes, there are, of course, many more. There are extensive plans and proposals to further develop the network of cycle routes within West Cumbria linking existing cycleways with newly created paths. The network is being promoted and built through a partnership between Groundwork Trust West Cumbria, Sustrans, and Local Authorities and other Agencies. We have given details of where you can obtain further information including some websites to visit, and booklets and maps available for purchase.
Allerdale Borough Council Backup
Allerdale Borough Council now has a website with over 50 walking and cycling routes in West Cumbria. Find out more at www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk or contact them on
Coast to Coast Backup
.....or C2C (Sea to Sea) follows a 140mile long route from Workington or Whitehaven in the West to Newcastle or Sunderland in the East. The routes follows minor roads and wherever possible traffic-free cycle paths. Whether you wish to do all of it, or try some of it, this route is for both novice and experienced alike. A varied and interesting route with spectacular scenery and the added bonus of sculptures scattered along its length. For a more comprehensive guide and to plan your route it is best to purchase the Sea to Sea book and Map at local Tourist Information Centres and book shops. Cost £5.99
Cycling Routes in West Cumbria Backup
Explore the traffic free trails and back roads of West Cumbria offering a 72 kilometre network of cycle routes with a backdrop of beautiful scenery. The off-road sections are mainly on old railway lines and therefore offer gentle gradients and leisurely cycling. There are a few hills, but they are of short duration and in any case the views are well worth it! Maps and guides can be purchased from local Tourist Information Centres. Map costs £3.00
Groundwork Trust - West Cumbria Backup
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Solway Cycling Backup
A new 20 page booklet will identify three circular routes with alternative shortcuts and link routes to suit all tastes and abilities. The three routes are based around North West Cumbria and the Solway Coast area following minor roads through diverse scenery touching many different environments. A booklet costing £1.50 can be purchased from the local Tourist Information Centres.
The Reivers Cycle Route Backup
Ride with the Reivers along a new and exciting journey of exploration through England's North Country and across the Scottish Border. From Tynemouth, through Kielder Forest Park, across to Carlisle and then down over the back of the Skiddaw Fells through to Cockermouth, Workington and finally finishing at Whitehaven. Do all or part of this historical and beautiful journey and discover the real North West Cumbria. Challenging in places! The Reivers Cycle Route Book and Map can be purchased at local Tourist Information Centres. Cost £4.50
Who were the Reivers? Go to Tullie House Museum in Carlisle to find out more or surf the net on www.borderreivers.org.uk
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