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.
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.
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.