Cumbria is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting breath-taking landscapes, charming villages, and a myriad of cycling routes that cater to riders of all levels. Whether an avid cyclist seeking challenging climbs or a leisurely rider yearning to explore the countryside at a relaxed pace, Cumbria’s Eden Valley offers an array of cycling opportunities that will leave you captivated by its natural beauty.


As you embark on your cycling adventure in Cumbria, you'll find yourself immersed in a diverse tapestry of landscapes. The Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, takes centre stage with its majestic lakes, towering mountains, and lush valleys. This iconic region offers a plethora of routes that weave through its picturesque scenery, allowing cyclists to bask in the tranquillity of their surroundings. 

Cycling in Cumbria: Scenic Beauty and Thrilling Routes for Your Ultimate Cycling Holiday

Lowther Castle

Cycling straight from the door is one of the highlights of a cycling holiday and nowhere is this more true than the Eden Valley. 


Cumbrian cycling routes to suit all levels

However, just beyond the boundaries of the national park reveals another hidden treasure trove of cycling routes waiting to be discovered. The Eden Valley, with its rolling hills and charming villages, provides a more gentle and idyllic experience. Pedal along the quiet country lanes, passing by historic castles and traditional pubs, while relishing the peaceful ambiance that permeates the region. Following planned routes or finding your own, the possibilities are endless.

Discover the hidden secrets of the Eden Valley

For all you adrenaline junkies, the Fred Whitton Challenge has attracted cyclists from round the world for over 30 years. Those brave enough or crazy enough to enter tackle its grueling 112-mile course - which includes the notorious Hardknott and Wrynose Passes. Now one of the most popular cycle events in Europe, at the time of writing participants have raised over £2M for charities including MacMillan Cancer Support and Great North Air Ambulance. Their next event is 12 May 2024, entry is by ballot only.

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Cycling from the door

For a more gentle, uplifting cycling experience, but one that still guarantees breathtaking natural beauty, a wealth of cycling routes, and a warm welcome, look no further. From gentle rides through picturesque valleys to epic mountainous adventures, we’ve got it all at the Strickland Arms Penrith. Saddle up, immerse yourself in the wonders of Cumbria, and then park up, and wind down as you plan your next day’s adventure. 

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