The Lakes by bike

ON of the great things about the Lakes is the opportunity it offers to abandon our cars and get out and see things close-up. For keen cyclists, or those just interested in exploring in a greener way, the Lakes offers a fantastic range of bike rides boasting some of the most varied terrain and best views in the country. If your old mountain bike is gathering dust in the garage, why not bring it along when you visit? Its a great and enjoyable way to get the blood pumping, and exercise is always best when accompanied by a spectacular view.

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For those wishing to explore fell and dale by bike, but worried that the steep terrain might prove too challenging, the Lake District is part of the Electric Bicycle Network, offering tourists the chance to hire a bank from one of several hire-points and really get the most from a day’s ride. For more information on electric bicycling and where to hire from in the Lakes, visit http://www.electricbicyclenetwork.com/.

Cycling in the Lake District

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For those more accustomed to life in the saddle, the Lakes offers fantastic off-road and mountain biking oppertunites, with a network of bridleways covering some of the district’s highest peaks.

The Lakes have also launched their new ‘Bike Bus’ service, a Stagecoach which runs the length of Windermere and has space on board for up to 12 bikes, so its now even easier to plan your car-free visit! For more details, click here.

The Lake District is a popular destination for mountain biking, family cycling outings and road riding alike

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For everything you need to know about exploring the Lakes by bike, visit http://www.golakes.co.uk/travel/by-bike.aspx