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Lake District Electric Bike Routes

Lake District electric bike routes

 

Cumbria is gearing up for this week’s Tour of Britain, as some of the top names in cycling race through the region’s stunning landscape. But they won’t get much of a chance to enjoy the scenery.

On the other hand, you have the perfect opportunity to explore all that region has to offer. What’s more, hills won’t be an issue. By hiring one of our electric bikes, you can set off on your own mini tour around Windermere. You might not break any speed records, but what a fantastic way to while away a few hours. You could even pack up a picnic.

We’ve even done some exploring of our own to come up with a few Lake District electric bike routes if you’re looking for a little inspiration. And they all start from the front door of your Matson Ground cottage in Windermere.

Windermere to the Watermill at Ings

We’ll start with a firm favourite of ours, and not just because it involves a drink at the Watermill. Most of this ride is on a gated road so you hardly see any traffic – although you will have to stop and open the occasional gate.

Rather than returning on the gated road, cross the A591 and explore the quiet lanes just south of Windermere, before heading back to your cottage for a well-earned rest.

Windermere Western Shore

The western shore of Windermere is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Bowness and the perfect place to explore by bike. What’s more, it’s easily reached via the Windermere Ferry. The quiet lanes and undulating, traffic free cycle path are hugely popular with families. And if you’re after some refreshments, the beautiful village of Hawkshead is easily reached.

Tarn Hows

If you’re looking for something a little more challenging having arrived on the western shore, why not head to Wray Castle and from there on to Tarn Hows. This is a challenging ride, with some steep prolonged climbing – but this is where the electric motor really comes into its own. But the views are amazing, and the sight of Tarn Hows laid out before you makes it all worthwhile. The perfect spot for a picnic, or you could even pop into Coniston for some well-deserved refreshment.

Windermere Loop

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not try the Windermere Loop – a full circuit of England’s largest lake. At almost 40 miles, this is a great introduction to Lake District cycling.

The ride will take you through Ambleside, Hawkshead and Newby Bridge before a steady climb up Cartmel Fell, followed by a descent through Bowland Bridge (where you may feel tempted to pop in to the Hare and Hounds for some refreshment), before joining the A5074 for the final leg through the glorious Winster Valley.

The Langdales and Grasmere

These are just a few of the rides we have enjoyed, but with so much to explore the possibilities are endless. For instance, from Ambleside you could head up into the Langdales, where there are plenty of pubs and cafés, not to mention stunning scenery.

Another option from Ambleside is to pedal on to Grasmere. This is a stunning ride, crossing Rothay Park and heading towards Grasmere on improved bridleways and quiet lanes.

If you want more information about these Lake District electric bike routes when you hire one of our electric bikes, please do ask and we can provide maps and directions.

Lucy’s of Ambleside Private Dining

Lucy's of Ambleside Private Dining

We are delighted to be able to offer our guests Lucy’s of Ambleside private dining services. Fantastic food delivered straight to your Matson Ground cottage. Meaning you get a very well-deserved night off – after all, you are on holiday.

Whether you’re in the Lake District for a special occasion or simply spending time with family and friends, why not enjoy a delicious dining experience from Lucy’s Inside Out? Take away the headache of shopping, putting away, preparing, serving, washing up. Instead, choose from a selection of dishes, prepared using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

All meals are catered for, from small and intimate to large and loud. If you fancy something ready prepared for when you arrive, maybe you’re celebrating a special occasion during your stay, or you simply fancy a night away from the cooker, let us know and we’ll send you some menus.

What’s on the menu?

Lucy’s of Ambleside private dining offers a range of dishes. Choose from the ‘Hot and Hearty’ savoury selections, perfect for small and large parties. If you’re gathering guests together for a celebration, enjoying a simple kitchen supper or you want something warm and tasty after a day walking the fells and don’t feel like cooking, these dishes are the perfect solution.

The ‘Super Salads’ menu has been designed to accompany most of the dishes at Lucy’s Inside Out, while the ‘Delicious Desserts’ menu will have you sorely tempted to ditch the diet for the day, offering over twenty luscious, sweet treats. From Westmorland Toffee Apple Crumble Tart to Damson and Sloe Gin Fruit Fool, Lancashire Lemon Tart to Sublime Sticky Toffee Pudding laced with rich butterscotch sauce, we challenge you not to indulge.

Lucy’s of Ambleside

Lucy’s of Ambleside comprises Lucy’s On A Plate, Lucy’s relaxed and friendly Ambleside-based restaurant, as well as Lucy’s Inside Out, for those who fancy a taste of Lucy’s On A Plate but in the comfort of their own home.

For more information about Lucy’s Inside Out, or to take a look at the menus, please do get in touch.

Books for a Matson Ground Holiday

Matson Ground holiday reads

This week we celebrated World Book Day and it got us thinking about what books we would we pack for our Matson Ground holiday.

With literally millions of books to choose from, this would need some serious thinking. To make it a little easier, we decided to focus our search close to the Lake District. After all, it’s well-known for its wonderful literary heritage, boasting writing talent such as William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome.

But we’re not necessarily after poetry or children’s books. We’re looking for gripping page-turners. Something you can really lose yourself in.

Our final list features a number of excellent books. What’s more, each one is set in the Lake District and based on the reviews, they’re on our list.

Happy reading!

The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid

It’s summer in the Lake District, and heavy rains have uncovered a tattooed body. Could it be linked to rumours that Fletcher Christian, mutinous first mate on the Bounty, did secretly return to England, where he was sheltered by Lakeland poet, William Wordsworth?

Local Wordsworth specialist, Jane Gresham, wants to find out. But as she follows each lead, death is hard on her heels. Jane soon finds herself at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still puts lives at risk.

Haweswater by Sarah Hall

Haweswater tells the tale of a centuries-old community that has survived into the 1930s largely unchanged, until Jack Liggett arrives from the city.

Liggett is a spokesperson for a Manchester waterworks company which has designs on a vast new reservoir. The valley in which the community has stood for hundreds of years will be evacuated, flooded, devastated.

This is a story of love, obsession and the destruction of a community.

Also by Sarah Hall, The Wolf Border.

The Windermere Witness by Rebecca Tope

Florist Persimmon ‘Simmy’ Brown has moved to the Lake District following a personal tragedy, content to lose herself in her work. But the peace is short-lived when, at the wedding of a millionaire’s daughter, the bride’s brother is found dead in the lake.

As the wedding florist, and one of the last people to speak to Mark Baxter alive, Simmy becomes embroiled in the relatives’ grief and anger.

When events take another sinister turn, Simmy finds herself at the very heart of a murder investigation.

Also by Rebecca Tope, The Ambleside Alibi and The Coniston Case.

The Woman from Browhead by Audrey Howard

If the psychological / crime genre isn’t your thing, how about a bit of historical romance? Set in the late 1840s and early 1850s, The Woman from Browhead tells the story of Annie Abbott, daughter and only child of a poverty-stricken Lake District farmer, who ran away with a theatre group at the age of fifteen.

Hearing that her parents have died, she returns to lay claim to the farm. But with an illegitimate child in tow, virtually no-one will speak to her, with the exception of a local landowner. But he is engaged to marry another woman.

Also by Audrey Howard, Annie’

All Quiet on the Orient Express by Magnus Mills

This is one we haven’t read yet but will be doing so very soon. By all accounts it’s hard to pigeon-hole in terms of genre; possibly a ‘tragi-comedy’. It’s been described as weird, funny, quirky. Perhaps it’s this ‘hard to define’ element which makes it all the more appealing.

As for the plot itself, it’s the end of the Summer in the Lake District, the sun is lower in the sky and the tourists have gone home. Our unnamed narrator decides to spend a few weeks in the Lake District, enjoying the quiet, before embarking on a motorcycle trip to India.

The book description reads: “But then the owner of the campsite asks him to paint a fence and he innocently obliges. Soon other odd jobs pile up until little by little he becomes ensnared in the ominous ‘out-of-season’.

Sounds intriguing.

We hope this list provides a little inspiration for you when it comes to books for a Matson Ground holiday. If you fancy buying something while you’re staying in the Lakes, why not pop into Fred’s Bookshop where you will find a diverse range of books.