Cycle Routes & Cycle Hire

There are some great cycle routes around Ullswater with something suitable for a range of abilities and ages.

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.

There is an also an excellent network of family friendly cycle routes and trails that runs throughout the nearby Lowther Estate.  Cycle paths snake through the ancient woodland and pastures of Lowther Park, following the stunning contours of the landscape.

The recently opened Threlkeld to Keswick cycle route is a traffic free track along the old railway – a must do!

At the end of your day exploring the area by bike, we have bike and boot wash and someone to dry your wet cloths.

Cycle Hire Prices

  • E-Bikes Full day £45
  • All terrain Bikes £30

Prices include helmet, lock, pump and repair kit.  Cycles can be delivered and picked up for £30 to The Quiet Site for your convience with 24 hours notice.

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.

Arragons Cycle Hire

Lowther Castle & Gardens

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.

Cycle Hire

Whether you’re planning a car free stay, would like to explore the area’s stunning scenery & landmarks, or fancy an exclusive guided day out, simply select what you require & Arragons Cycle Hire will deliver everything directly to The Quiet Site. Collection is also available from Arragons Cycles in Penrith.

Arragons Cycle Hire offer Premium electric bikes perfectly suited for the Lake District. The Royal Dutch Gazelle bikes are equipped with powerful Bosch motors to make cycling a breeze. Purposefully selected because of their comfortable position & sporty look, you can explore a selection of routes straight from your door. Equipped with lights, lock and panniers, they’re suitable for carrying shopping, escorting you to the pub or to take you on an adventure with batteries offering a full day’s worth of charge.

These bikes are available for delivery by booking online at Arragons Cycle Hire and select The Quiet Site in the drop down list.

Alternatively, just a short drive away to Lowther Castle, visitors are able to hire a range of bikes. Explore over 30 km of dedicated trails, largely off road, in the stunning surroundings of Lowther Estate. The trails are mainly traffic free, with a variety of routes to cater for all abilities. Signposting is clear with circular routes taking in ancient woodlands, pastures and the River Lowther trails go to Ullswater and Haweswater.


Stunning Lowther Castle has all the facilities you need to spend the day. For refreshments, the Lowther on the move Citroen Van is located at the Low Sawmill Car Park serving a selection of home made cakes, teas and coffees or you can enjoy a lingering lunch at the Cafe with fresh prepared homemade food. You could combine hire with some time discovering the vast manicured gardens, sculpture gallery and if you have children, The Lost Castle. Please note, Bikes are not allowed in the Castle Gardens

These bikes are available to book online at Arragons Cycle Hire.

Arragons Cycle Hire – Guided Rides

With a little bit of notice, Arragons Cycle Hire will be delighted to arrange for one of their qualified guides to show you the best of the area. An unforgettable experience will be designed exclusively to your requirements whether that be to take in the best views or combine cycling with a gastronomic experience, they will take the work out of creating a day for the memory bank. Enjoy one of the many iconic cycle rides our area has to offer without the worry of getting lost or missing out on the hidden gems – what a fantastic way to explore!

For more information visit Arragons Cycle Hire

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