GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Cumbria Cycle Routes

Cumbria is a beautiful county with some of Britain's most spectacular scenery.

One major attraction in the region is the popular Lake District National Park with its awe inspiring views. There are also some lovely coastal rides particularly on the Hadrian's Cycleway which is mapped in full below in the Ravenglass to Tynemouth route.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Cumbria Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Cumbria including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Carlisle to Cockermouth34 miles (55 km)This challenging route follows National Cycle route 7 from Carlisle to Cockermouth View Full Details>>
Carlisle to Gretna20 miles (32 km)Follow National Cycle route 7 from England into the Scottish borders and enjoy views of the Rivers Eden and Esk. View Full Details>>
Coast to Coast Whitehaven to Tynemouth137 miles (220 km)This is the complete C2C National Cycle route crossing the country from east to west along a number of cycle tracks/paths and minor roads. You will see some spectacular scenery as you pass through the Cumbrian Lake District and Northumberland before the last leg through County Durham and the finish point at Tynemouth Pier on the east coast of England.
Click here for the C2C from Whitehaven to Sunderland
Click here for a comprehensive guide to this popular route. View Full Details>>
Cockermouth to Workington12 miles (20 km)Starting in Cockermouth head west to the coast along NCN route 71 View Full Details>>
Coniston Water4 miles (6 km)This easy cycling and walking trail runs along the western shoreline of the beautiful Coniston Water in the Lake District National Park. The route starts at the car park at Lake Road and runs through Coniston Hall Park to Hoathwaite Farm. It's perfect for beginners and families looking for a safe, waterside ride. Bikes can be hired from the Coniston Boating Centre. View Full Details>>
Ennerdale Forest12 miles (20 km)Enjoy miles of traffic free cycling and walking trails in this super forest in the Lake District National Park. The route starts at the Bowness Knott car park next to the beautiful Ennerdale Water. You then head east into the forest along the lakeside path. After leaving the lake behind the track follows the River Liza into the forest to Ash Crag before returning along the south side of the river. The forest tracks are quite uneven in places so a mountain bike is required for cyclists. View Full Details>>
Fred Whitton Challenge109 miles (175 km)Follow the route of the Fred Whitton Challenge cycle ride through the Lake District View Full Details>>
Great Dun Fell11 miles (18 km)This walk takes you to the second-highest hill inthePennines, and makes use of Britain's highest road. View Full Details>>
Greystoke Forest6 miles (10 km)This large area of woodland near Penrith has miles of cycling and walking trails to try. The expansive area is popular with mountain bikers with several good climbs and descents to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Grizedale Forest4 miles (7 km)This huge forest in the Lake District has several way-marked cycling and walking trails to enjoy. There are six way-marked mountain bike trails of varying lengths and difficulty. These include a moderate (blue) 2 mile trail which visits the Goosey Foot and Juniper Tarns. The Hawkshead Moor Trail is graded red and visits the western side of the valley, overlooking Coniston Water. For an exciting rollercoaster ride try The North Face Mountain Bike Trail. The singletrack trail offers an adrenelising descent through oak woodlands and conifer forest. View Full Details>>
Hardknott Pass19 miles (30 km)Tackle one of Britain's toughest climbs on this spectacular cycle ride in the Lake District. Hardknott Pass shares the title of steepest road inEngland alongwith RosedaleChimney Bank inNorth Yorkshire. View Full Details>>
Hartside Pass16 miles (26 km)Travel from Langwathby to Alston via Hartside Pass on this tough cycle ride in the North Pennines AONB View Full Details>>
Kendal to Appleby-In-Westmorland37 miles (60 km)Travel through Cumbria along NCN route 68 on this challenging route View Full Details>>
Kendal to Settle43 miles (70 km)Follow NCN route 68 on this challenging but rewarding route which takes you from the Cumbrian View Full Details>>
Kendal to Windermere10 miles (16 km)This short but attractive route takes you through the View Full Details>>
Keswick Railway Path6 miles (10 km)Enjoy an easy cycle or walk along the Keswick Railway Path in the Lake District National Park. The tree lined path runs along the trackbed of the old Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway, following the River Greta from Keswick to Threlkeld. It's great for families as it's a nice easy cycle ride with a flat and well defined path. Walkers can enjoy the path too as it makes for a super riverside stroll. View Full Details>>
Keswick to Cockermouth14 miles (22 km)This lovely route starts in Keswick first taking you round the beautiful Derwent Water before a spell by Thornthwaite Forestand then a stretch along Bassenthwaite Lake View Full Details>>
Lancaster Canal57 miles (91 km)Follow the Lancaster Canal from Preston, in Lancashire, to Kendal, in Cumbria, on this splendid waterside walk or cycle. From the canal there are fine views of the Silverdale Coast, the Forest of Bowland AONB and the lovely Wyre countryside. The route passes Garstang, Lancaster and Carnforth before finishing at Kendal. View Full Details>>
Lancaster to Kendal26 miles (42 km)Follow national cycle network route 6 from Lancaster to Kendal View Full Details>>
Northallerton to Appleby-In-Westmorland62 miles (100 km)This long but rewarding ride follows National Cycle route 71 through the Yorkshire Dales and into Cumbria. There's plenty of lovely scenery on this long route with views of the River Swale, Arkle Beck and the Pennines along the way. View Full Details>>
Penrith to Appleby-In-Westmorland19 miles (30 km)Ride along NCN route 71 through Cumbria and enjoy some incredible scenery View Full Details>>
Penrith to Carlisle25 miles (40 km)Travel along NCN route 7 on this attractive ride through Cumbria View Full Details>>
Penrith to Consett53 miles (85 km)Travel from Penrith in the Cumbrian Lake District along the View Full Details>>
Penrith to Haltwhistle37 miles (60 km)Follow NCN routes 7 and 68 on this ride through Cumbria View Full Details>>
Ravenglass to Silloth53 miles (86 km)This route forms the 2nd leg of the magnificent Hadrian's Cycleway -a 174 mile National Cycle Network route running through Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyneside. View Full Details>>
Ravenglass to Tynemouth180 miles (290 km) View Full Details>>
Silloth to Haltwhistle63 miles (102 km)This route forms the 2nd leg of the magnificent Hadrian's Cycleway-a 174 mile National Cycle Network route running through Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyneside. Highlights on the route include the splendid views of the Solway Firth, a lovely run along the River Eden through Carlisle and of course the views of Hadrian's Wall particularly as you pass through the beautiful Northumberland National Park. View Full Details>>
South Tyne Trail23 miles (37 km)Travel through the fabulous North Pennines AONB and enjoy some spectaular scenery on this shared walking and cycle path. View Full Details>>
Thirlmere Reservoir9 miles (15 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle around the lovely Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District National Park. The route starts at Wythburn at the southern end of the lake and then follows the National Cycle Network route on the western side of the lake. On the return on the eastern side of the lake walkers can follow the woodland trail at the lower part of Helvellyn. Cyclists can follow the A591 which runs right alongside the lake for a couple of miles. View Full Details>>
Wast Water7 miles (11 km)Enjoy a circular walk around one of the most stunning lakes in the Lake District National Park. Wast Water is the deepest of all the lakes and is surrounded by some of the highest mountains - Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike (England's highest mountain). In 2007 the public voted Wast Water Britain’s favourite view in an ITV television program. Although the complete route below is suitable for walkers, a quiet country road runs along the western edge of the lake so you can enjoy an excellent waterside cycle ride too. View Full Details>>
Watchtree Nature Reserve2 miles (4 km)This super Nature Reserve near Carlisle has a series of cycling and walking trails to try. The area consists of reedbeds, lagoons, woodland, wild flower meadows and an elemental garden. Look out for a variety of birdlife including Skylarks, Meadow Pipit and Stonechat in the meadows. Curlew, Snipe and Oystercatcher can be seen around the wetlands area. You can also see Roe Deer, Fox and Red Squirell in the woodland. View Full Details>>
Whinlatter Forest Park7 miles (11 km)Enjoy some fantastic walking and cycling trails in this huge park in the Lake District. There are fantastic views of Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick as you make your way through the mixed species forest and peaceful glades. The park also has two fantastic purpose built mountain bike trails with cycle hire available within the park. The red graded Altura Trail is a challenging 19km mountain singletrack, the Quercus Trail is an easier 7.5km trail. The C2C cycle route also runs through the park so you could continue your ride on the Whitehaven to Keswick or Whitehaven to Penrith cycle route. View Full Details>>
Whitehaven to Keswick31 miles (50 km)Starting on the West coast of Cumbria follow the View Full Details>>
Whitehaven to Penrith53 miles (85 km)Starting on the West coast of Cumbria follow the View Full Details>>
Whitehaven to Sunderland134 miles (215 km)This is the complete C2C NCN route crossing the country from east to west along a number of cycle tracks/paths and minor roads View Full Details>>
Windermere-Circular28 miles (45 km)This circular route takes you through some lovely Lake District scenery as you travel around the beautiful Lake Windermere.
The route passes through the villages of Ambleside, Grasmere and Elterwater and exposes you to some stunning views View Full Details>>

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