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 0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council,
Allerdale House,
CA14 3YJ


Cycling in Allerdale

For all you cyclists, professional and amateur, you’re in luck! West Cumbria is abundant with cycle routes and bike trails fit for experts and beginners. Wherever you are, you’ll find a suitable route.Country lane

  • For climbers, challenge yourself to the Honister Pass (the scene of the epic Tour of Britain climb in 2013), the Newlands Pass and the Whinlatter Pass (the location for one of the Tour's big climbs in 2016). And just to you finish off, try Fangs Brow - it lives up to its name!
  • For beauty, we challenge anyone to find a more beautiful view from Cockermouth on the Lorton Road (B5292) down the valley. But then again there is the view of Crummock water further down the road, then Loweswater, and also Buttermere lake! OK it is all stunning.
  • For ease, there are the cycle paths along coast from Workington to Maryport, Allonby, and Silloth - following the Tour of Britain route in 2015. Also you can go out to Seaton, down to Whitehaven or out through to Cockermouth. The coastal routes have fabulous views over the Solway. In the Lake District try to cycle way out from behind the leisure centre to Threlkeld and back. It is gentle and traffic free following the old railway line - though due to recent storm damage some of the route is currently not accessible. These are family friendly routes, and safe as they keep cars and other road users separate from you.  
  • For all those Paris Roubaix wannabes, challenge yourself to the setts in Silloth.

British Cycling, Sky, Cumbria County Council, Active Cumbria, See More Cumbria, The National Trust and local councils, have worked in partnership to schedule a series of HSBC Lets Ride guided bike rides. Events take place all over the UK, many take place in Cumbria.

Other cycling attractions include:

  • Whinlatter Forest caters for both the adventurous dare devils and the families and beginners with one of the best trails in the country. Take your bikes up to the forest - or hire them when you arrive – and find plenty of woodland to explore on two wheels (or two feet). And, it’s free!
  • Hadrian’s Cycleway runs from Ravenglass to Tynemouth, taking you through some of West Cumbria’s main towns. Passing through Maryport, Allonby and  Silloth, the route takes you on a coastal adventure offering extensive views along Allonby’s shore. It can be a gentle ride suitable for all the family, being as long as you make it with easy to use bus links along the way to get you back to your start point. This is part of the route used in the Tour of Britain in 2015.
  • The Reivers Route takes you on a different tour of West Cumbria, on a scenic route through Whitehaven, Workington, Cockermouth and Carlisle.
  • The Coast to Coast or Sea to Sea (C2C) is a very popular cycle route taken by over 12,000 people every year. It’s best ridden from West to East, so from here you’re on the best side to tackle the route from. Just remember to do the obligatory dip of your back wheel in the sea at the start point before setting off – it’s got to be done!
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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ