Cumbria Cycling – for cyclists in the Lake District and Cumbria

Cumbria is a great county for cycling and cyclists, and on the Cumbria Cycling website I hope to give you as much local information and web links as possible.

Lake District and Cumbria Cycling

Cumbria Cycling !
Cumbria has waymarked long-distance cycle routes crossing the county, including:

  • The C2C coast to coast cycle route, starting in Whitehaven or Workington, going via Keswick and Penrith  to cross the Pennines to finish on the North Sea coast
  • Hadrian’s Cycleway, coming from Tynemouth near Newcastle Upon Tyne to Carlisle, then around the coast to Maryport and down to Whitehaven.
  • The Reivers Route, again from Tynemouth to Whitehaven, but this time via a more northern route including Kielder Water, into Carlisle, then down to the northern fringe of the Lake District and Cockermouth.
  • The Walney to Wear cycle route, from near Barrow across the southern edge of the Lake District and into the Pennines, finishing at Sunderland on the North Sea.

Then there are the challenges of the Lake District passes:

  • Hardknott Pass
  • Wrynose Pass
  • Honister Pass
  • and many more!

And the slightly less challenging cycle routes along the Lakeland valleys:

  • Langdale
  • Borrowdale
  • Eskdale
  • and again many more

Or the bike routes close to the Cumbrian coasts and the Eden valley, offering flatter rides if you prefer them.

There are some very good maps to show you the routes that will suit you, available at my Bike Ride Maps website along with the blog post Cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Cycle maps for Cumbria and Lake District at the Bike Ride Maps website

Click here for reviews of the main Lake District cycle maps and guide books.

Or go to the Bike Ride Maps website to place your order through the links below:

You can find out more about the maps and guide books, plus more information in my blog post on the Bike Ride Maps website at

Local Cumbria and Lake District links for cyclists

Perhaps you are coming on holiday to Cumbria and the Lake District? Or you are new to cycling and looking for some ideas? Or maybe you already cycle here, and are making plans.

National Trust self-catering in the Lake District

You can use this website for information on:


The author of the Cumbria Cycling website

I am Mike Carden, author of ‘A Lake District Grand Tour’ amongst other cycling books. I cycle regularly in Cumbria and the Lake District, so I hope this site proves useful. If you have any suggestions, clean ones, let me know!

If you would like to read my book, A Lake District Grand Tour, it can still be found in book shops but the first print run is almost sold through now. It is, however, available on Kindle and on my Bike Ride Maps website.

You can find me on:

Author page, web content and design: Mike

Mike Carden’s Blog:

including Top 10 for Cycling in the Lake District‘!

 Cumbria Cycling… enjoy!