Paradise for cylists in the Lakes

The Lake District is a paradise for cyclists. And here at the Burn How we’re perfectly placed to give you the best cycling holiday.

We know what cyclists need, and we know what makes them happy. We welcome road bikers, mountain bikers, electric bikers, hybrid bikers; we’re not the experts but we’re enthusiasts, we know some great routes, and we’re in the heart of the best cycling country.

The best off-road cyling routes

You need somewhere to stay

You need somewhere that’s comfortable and convenient, and we tick your boxes here. It’s right at the centre of Bowness, very close to the lake shore, yet hidden away in our secret garden. Our chalets and garden rooms, most with private balconies, with their own parking space, offer you a touch of luxury after a hard day out on wheels. We’re easy to access, near to dozens of great cafes, bars and restaurants, with so many choices for dinner, yet quiet and secluded too.

Our chalets and garden

You need to keep your bike secure

We know how precious your bikes are. We’ve got a locked shed where your bike can be safely stored overnight. And every guest has their own private parking space so you could leave your bike safely locked in your car.

You need fuel for the ride

You need a good breakfast if you’re setting off for the day, and we are not going to be modest about our breakfasts here. We truly believe they are the best in the Lake District. It’s the best way to be ready to explore this paradise for cyclists.

Road Cycling In The Lakes
Road cycling in the Lakes

You need great cycling routes

Every kind of ride you could wish for is here on the doorstep. Our favourite is a lovely route from Bowness by ferry across to the west side of Windermere, to cycle along the beautiful lake shore to Wray Castle. Where there’s warming soup and great cakes at Joey’s cafe.   If you want gnarly mountain tracks, you can reach them easily from here. The Garburn Pass is one of our favourites, especially the 14 mile / 23k loop from Staveley.  Want a tougher road challenge? How about the 35 mile / 56k loop taking in Windermere, Hawkshead and Coniston?

You need to hit the heights?

We have two of the country’s finest cycle sportives right here in the South Lakes. You might already have an entry, and looking for somewhere to stay. We say: welcome! In April there’s the Lakeland Loop, at 69 miles/ 110k with 2284 ft of climbing. And then in May, the toughest of them all, Britain’s premier sportive the Fred Whitton Challenge. This is 112 miles/ 180k that takes in ALL of the Lakes road passes, and that means Hardknott, Wrynose, Honister, of course.

You need to know more?

When you get here, we have the maps, the guides and the local knowledge. Get in touch and we can make your cycling holiday a really memorable one.