Bring a bike – this is great cycling country and the house has lockable bike storage in the garage. There are a number of excellent quiet roads towards Derwent Water and Borrowdale, and along the Newlands valley.
The most famous cycle route is the C2C or coast to coast. The route travels through the northern Lake District close to Bawd Hall and over the Pennines. C2C is not a clearly marked cycle route but employs roads, old railways, and bridle paths combined with unspoilt hills and countryside to provide a truly exhilarating cycling experience.
For those who prefer good summer’s day rides as a way to see the Lake District, then:
For keen road cyclists, the most famous local bike ride is the Fred Whitton Challenge. This takes place in May each year and is a gruelling 113 mile sportive challenge ride for charity around the Lake District, run in memory of Fred Whitton. It starts & finishes at Grasmere Sports Field, and the route includes the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes. The route (or parts of it) can be followed at any time either at your own speed or as a timed self-led challenge ride, but please take care and read the description and warnings here.
There are three specially-constructed mountain bike trails at Whinlatter Forest, a “moderate” one and a “difficult” one.
The Borrowdale bash provides quite a challenging ride with a good mix of road and off-road conditions.