Lake District fells
Lookout from Cathedral cavern
Fern and bracken in the fells


The Lakes & Dales Loop is a 196 mile circular cycle route that allows cyclists of all abilities to ride up close to Cumbria’s spectacular landscapes. Using quiet country lanes and with six tour options to choose from, the route takes in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley, Morecombe Bay and West Cumbria.

6 Day Tour:

Penrith – Cockermouth – Eskdale Green – Cartmel – Kirkby Lonsdale – Orton – Penrith.

Suitable for: Between 27 and 38 miles a day is a suitable tour for beginner cyclists and family days out.

5 Day Tour:

Penrith – Cockermouth – Broughton – Kirkby Lonsdale – Orton – Penrith.

Suitable for: Between 30 and 45 miles a day is an achievable target for keen cyclists who would like a more social ride.

4 Day Tour:

Penrith – Cockermouth – Broughton – Sedbergh – Penrith.

Suitable for: Between 40 and 60 miles a day makes for a relaxing ride for regular, experienced cyclists.

3 Day Tour:

Penrith – Gosforth – Kirkby Lonsdale – Penrith.

Suitable for: Around 60 miles each day makes for a challenging tour for regular, experienced cyclists.

2 Day Tour:

Penrith – Newby Bridge – Penrith.

Suitable for: 95 miles a day for two days is suitable for the more serious, competitive and sportive cyclist.

1 Day Tour:

Penrith – Penrith.

Suitable for: A 196 mile circular tour over 24 hours is the ultimate challenge ride for the most competent and dedicated cyclist.

Lake Dales loop

Ride the exciting new Lakes & Dales Loop and experience the ever-changing landscape as you circumnavigate the Lake District, England’s largest National Park. The route will also take in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, offering awesome views of iconic lakes and fell tops. With the six tour options of varying distances, the Lakes and Dales Loop makes it possible for people of any age or ability to get up close to many of Cumbria’s famous landscapes, beautiful villages, distinctive heritage and rich culture.

Although the route covers two National Parks, there is actually very little climbing involved on the bike with a total ascent of just 5172 metres. Considering there are towering peaks around every bend to take in, that’s not bad and makes it accessible to those of all fitness levels. What’s more, all the routes start from Penrith, just a short stretch of road away from your base at Another Place, The Lake.