Take in a combination of well known sights and locations with unspoilt ones on this 23 mile circular route.
Starting from Far Sawrey, the quiet village on the western side of Lake Windermere. Head south and see Lake Windermere in all its glory before heading slightly inland to the village of Graythwaite and onto Thwaite Head. The route then takes cyclists down into the beautiful Rusland Valley that many people don’t even know about. Tucked away between the southern end of Coniston water and Lake Windermere. Head further south to Oxen Park where a few gradients will be experienced but the views enough to keep you going. The route then heads north where the Coniston shoreline path is met and this takes cyclists all the way up the eastern side of Coniston Water and passes Brantwood, the period residence of John Ruskin. After leaving the Coniston water path, the route then heads to the pretty village of Hawkshead before heading to Esthwaite Water and yet enough lake side cycle way. The finish, back at Far Sawrey, is then within touching distance.
There are plenty of places to stop along the way for refreshments and breathers including Rusland, Lowick and Hawkshead. The route is estimated at being a half day route but allow more, make allowances for extra stops and be aware later on in the year of sunset times, it goes very dark, very quickly in this part of the world!
Cycle friendly accommodation can be found at the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey and then also have an electric bike charging point. Rooms start from £111 but special rates and deals can be found during the off peak seasons.