Cycle Routes

With access points at Pooley Bridge, Askham and Helton to the fells around High Street with its hundreds of miles of bridleways,  mountain biking in this area is awesome.

New for 2019 is a network of brand new trails that runs throughout the close by Lowther Estate. Cycle-paths snake through the ancient woodland and pastures of Lowther Park, following the stunning contours of the landscape.

Cycle Hire Prices

  • E-Bikes Full day £40
  • All terrain Bikes £25

Prices include helmet, lock, pump and repair kit.  Cycles can be delivered and picked up free of charge to The Quiet Site for your convience with 24 hours notice.

All these trails have been created for family enjoyment and are colour-graded in accordance with national cycling standards. There are signposts at every junction, with destinations and length in miles clearly shown.

Below we have compiled  5 do-in-a-day rides in the Ullswater valley. Two of the rides mentioned include sections on The Ullswater Steamers where no pedalling is required!


Exploring Ullswater’s North Western fells

The start and finish are linked by taking a cruise on the Ullswater Steamer the full length of the lake.

  1. Cross the bridge over the River Eamont on the B5320 and follow it along the shore of Ullswater to the jct with the A592. Turn R and follow it for 1.6km to a turning on the L at a bend. Turn onto it and follow the road to Dacre. Just up hill after crossing the bridge over Dacre Beck turn L and then follow the road for 5km past the north side of Little Mell Fell to a jct at High Birchclose.
  2. Turn L and follow the road as it climbs steeply. It soon eases, leads through Lowthwaite, and then makes another short climb to a T jct. Turn R and follow the road for 900m to a jct. Turn L and follow the road as it climbs and levels to another junction. Take the R branch and follow this to join the A5091. Turn L onto it and follow it to Dockray.
  3. Continue on the A5091 out of Dockray crossing Aira Beck and around Park Brow to make the pleasant freewheel down to the A592. The onward route is R at this jct following the A592 around the side of Ullswater to the Steamer Pier at Glenridding, however if you have time and it has been raining in recent days, you should take a look at Aira Force which can be accessed a few meters to the L of the A592.

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