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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.

Our Favourite Lake District Photography Spots

Lake District Photography Spots

On August 19th, we’ll be celebrating World Photography Day and it got us thinking – where are our favourite Lake District photography spots? Where would we go to get that stunning shot?

A lot of visitors to the Lakes are keen amateur photographers. Others simply use their phones to capture the moment. The results from both can be amazing. But if you really want to capture the perfect shot, a lifelong memory of your stay in the Lake District, here are a few locations where the natural surroundings, the light and the colours lend a helping hand.

Brant Fell

We’ll start close to home, on the doorstep of our Windermere cottages. You are guaranteed some spectacular views of Lake Windermere and the Lakeland fells from Brant Fell, no two days are the same. Come sun, rain, wind or snow, the photo opportunities are endless. The sunsets are particularly impressive.

Ullswater and Aira Force

For those staying in our Ullswater cottages, you will not be disappointed. Widely considered the most beautiful of the Lake District lakes, Ullswater throws up photo opportunities galore. Climbing the likes of Hallinn Fell, Gowbarrow Fell or Silver Crag will give you great views of the area, but with rocky outcrops, trees and stumps on the lake shore, there are some fantastic compositions to be found at the water’s edge.

Alternatively, you could venture to one of the best known waterfalls in the Lake District, Aira Force, where the waterfall cascades twenty metres through a narrow gorge below a stone arch bridge. And unlike so many walks, the more rain, the better the results. Catch it when the sun is shining and at its highest and you may even be lucky enough to capture an Aira Force rainbow!

Tarn Hows

Located between Coniston and Hawkshead, Tarn Hows is a firm favourite for visitors to the Lake District. Not only is it a relatively easy walk for all ages – it takes about an hour to walk around the tarns – it also offers stunning views. Arguably, the best view is from the east side (near the Scott memorial), where the tarns are laid out before you with the Lake District mountains providing a stunning backdrop.

Coniston Water

Take a drive along the eastern shore of Coniston Water, through Nibthwaite, and you’ll come across several spots where you can get out of the car and explore. There are a couple of classic jetty shots and the view across the water towards Coniston Old Man can provide some excellent opportunities.

Elterwater and Blea Tarn

The path from Elterwater to Skelwith Force is another relatively easy walk and one packed with photo opportunities along the river. The view towards the Langdale Pikes is nothing short of spectacular.

A little further on from Elterwater is Blea Tarn, in the heart of the Langdales, which has become an iconic viewpoint. We can’t guarantee calm, still water, but if you’re lucky enough to visit when there is very little breeze, the reflected views towards the Langdale Pikes are breathtaking.

Wastwater

The view down Wastwater has been voted the UK’s best view several times and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re looking up towards Great Gable and Scafell Pike, or down the lake from the lower slopes of the aforementioned, the views are as dramatic as they are stunning.

Buttermere

If you were to google ‘iconic Lake District images’ the row of shoreline pines reflected in the tranquil waters of Buttermere would be right up there, as would the lone, spindly tree at the village end of the lake.

Whatever the weather, if you’re heading to Buttermere for the day, take your camera.

Derwentwater

We’ll finish the roundup of our favourite Lake District photography spots with Derwentwater. Located close to Keswick, Derwentwater is one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District. And another one with photo opportunities aplenty. Visit on a still, cool, misty morning, find a jetty (for example Ashness Launch) and the results can be breathtaking.