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Guidebook to a 5-day cycle tour of the Lake District, with 2 options each day up to a total of 186 miles and almost 5000m of ascent, and 15 tough day rides from Keswick, Ambleside, Penrith and bases to the southwest and southeast of the National Park. With outlines of other tours and the Fred Whitton Challenge ride (112 miles over 7 iconic passes).
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Guidebook to a 5-day cycle tour of the Lake District plus 15 challenging day rides from Keswick, Ambleside, Penrith and bases southwest and southeast of the National Park. Details 2 options each day for the cycle tour, plus a 7-day alternative itinerary. Also outlines other tours including the 112-mile Fred Whitton Challenge, which takes in 7 iconic passes.
Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by either 1:100,000 or 1:200,000 mapping, together with details on gradient, major climbs and cafes/pubs en route. Also included is a comprehensive ‘what to take’ checklist plus other practical information such as preparing your bike, packing for a cycle tour, fuelling your ride and more. This comprehensive guidebook also details accommodation options and useful contacts plus information on the district’s geology, landscape, plants and wildlife.
With its picturesque lakes, lush green dales and high passes, the Lake District offers some of the most scenic and challenging cycling in Britain. Whether touring or day tripping, England’s largest National Park will leave you (literally and metaphorically) breathless.
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|Lake District National Park|
|Geology and landscape|
|Plants and wildlife|
|History and culture|
|Weather and when to ride|
|Where to stay|
|What type of bike?|
|Preparing your bike|
|What to pack|
|How to pack|
|Fuelling your ride|
|Riding as a group|
|The Fred Whitton Challenge|
|Maps and itineraries|
|Using this guide|
|A tour of the Lake District|
|The Eastern and Far Eastern Fells|
|Stage 1A Ambleside to Troutbeck over Kirkstone Pass|
|Stage 1B Ambleside to Troutbeck via Shap|
|The Northern Fells|
|Stage 2A Troutbeck to Keswick via Threlkeld|
|Stage 2B Troutbeck to Keswick via Hesket Newmarket|
|The North Western Fells|
|Stage 3A Keswick to Cockermouth over the passes|
|Stage 3B Keswick to Cockermouth via Lorton|
|The Western Fells|
|Stage 4A Cockermouth to Eskdale Green via Ennerdale Green|
|Stage 4B Cockermouth to Eskdale Green via Egremont|
|The Southern and Central Fells|
|Stage 5A Eskdale Green to Ambleside over the passes|
|Stage 5B Eskdale Green to Ambleside via Coniston and Hawkshead|
|Ambleside and the Central Lakes|
|Route 1 Over the Wrynose and Hardknott passes from Ambleside|
|Route 2 Around the Central Fells|
|Route 3 A circuit of the Eastern Fells from Ambleside|
|Penrith and the North East|
|Route 4 Haweswater and Ullswater from Shap|
|Route 5 Lowther Park and Ullswater from Penrith|
|Route 6 Around Inglewood Forest|
|Keswick and the North West|
|Route 7 Loop around the Back o’ Skiddaw|
|Route 8 Whinlatter and Honister passes from Keswick|
|Route 9 Across Allerdale|
|The South West|
|Route 10 Back o’ Sellafield and Wasdale Head|
|Route 11 The Far South West from Ravenglass|
|Route 12 Around the Furness Fells from Broughton|
|The South East|
|Route 13 Around Grizedale Forest|
|Route 14 Across Windermere from Cartmel|
|Route 15 A circuit around Whitbarrow|
|Appendix A Useful contacts|
|Appendix B Accommodation|
|Appendix C What to take|
|Appendix D Further reading|