Cumbria Cycling Books and Maps
A Lake District Grand Tour – Pedalling Through Lakeland: The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones, by Mike Carden
Available as paperback and on Kindle.
“For the armchair adventurer, cycling the Lakes with Mike is an enlightening experience,” according to the North West Evening Mail.
‘A Lake District Grand Tour’ visits all the lakes of Lakeland, pokes into its most distant corners, and cycles over every mountain pass (well, attempts to).
Cumbria Life magazine writes that the book is “relaxed and chatty with a ready wit,” and The Cumbria Magazine speaks of “a sense of humour in abundance.”
Here is the blurb:
As Mike rides, he tells the story of Lakeland. He sees where poets wrote and climbers climbed, he tells of ‘oond trailin’ and fell-racing, and he hunts for golden eagles and elusive ring ouzels.
With his twenty-year-old son alongside him on the ride (actually more often ahead of him, disappearing up a hill) and sharing his sense of humour, Mike’s is a story of Challenge, History, Wildlife and Scones, though not entirely in that order.
As Arrivee magazine says, “Mike Carden’s easy style of writing, with its built-in gentle humour and his eye for detail that many of us would easily miss, belies the fact that he (and his 20-year-old son) have undertaken a serious tour.”
You can buy a copy of A Lake District Grand Tour on the Bike Ride Maps website by clicking below:
Cycle Tours in and around The Lake District
A good little guide book, with some good ideas for routes.
This is the publisher’s blurb:
The Lake District boasts some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the country, providing a dramatic backdrop to many of the rides featured in this book. The practical spiral-bound guide describes 20 wonderful lane rides of 24-35 miles in South Lakeland and the Eden Valley. All of the rides are highlighted on Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 mapping, seen as the gold standard of mapping for cyclists. Junction-by-junction route instructions guide you through the region’s beautiful countryside.
Each ride in Cycle Tours in and around The Lake District contains details of distance, grade of difficulty and refreshments along the way (with phone numbers of pubs and cafes so that you can check on opening hours). A height profile gives you warning of the hills to expect and schematic maps show how the ride can either be shortened or linked to adjacent rides for a longer day out.
The Lake District OS Travel Map
A straightforward road map, great for planning road tours. Has tourist information and is very clear.
A little light on contours, but still recommended.
Available at the Bike Ride Maps website, and can be ordered from the site by clicking below:
South Cumbria and The Lake District Sustrans Cycle Map
The South Cumbria and The Lake District Sustrans Cycle Map is a pocket-sized map showing the National Cycle Network and local routes.
It covers South Cumbria and the Lake District, including Workington, Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal, Keswick, Penrith and Appleby-in-Westmorland.
Waymarked national cycle routes are shown, as well as suggested local rides and traffic-free routes.
The map also features 5 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.
You can buy it on the Bike Ride Maps website:
North Cumbria and Dumfries Sustrans Cycle Map
The very north of Cumbria is shown on this map, from Silloth, Carlisle and Alston up to the Scottish border and beyond.
It is a pocket-sized map, showing long-distance routes such as the C2C, Reivers and Hadrian’s Cycleway, plus suggested local routes and town plans.
You can order the map at Cockermouth’s Bike Ride Maps.