What better way to mark the 103rd edition of the Tour de France than taking a trip over to Elterwater in the Langdale Valley and do the Tour de Langdale or Langdale Cycle trail.
Langdale cycle trail as published by the National Trust is a just over 9 miles in length starting at Skelwith Bridge just outside of Ambleside and finishing in the heart of the Great Langdale Valley in Stickle Ghyll car park passing alongside beautiful Elterwater. This route is either on tracks or cycle trails and a very limited amount on quiet roads making it excellent for families and cycling novices. The trail is suitable for mountain bikes or road bikes with hybrid tyres. The full route including a map can be found here
For the mountain biker then the Tour de Langdale is a fantastic route. 9.3 miles of up, down and off road starting with a climb to the ultra scenic Blea Tarn. The route and description can be found here
If your cycling is more advanced then here’s an idea. Why not tackle one (or more!) of the spectacular mountain passes within touching distance of Langdale? These passes include Blea Tarn, Wrynose and the not for the faint hearted (or incapable), Hardknott Pass. Hardknott Pass if the steepest road in England with the gradient at its steepest (worst) of 30%. But despite the gruelling terrain, the views combined with the feeling of accomplishment when you reach the top and the thrill of the descent, makes it all worth it.
Where to stay:
The award winning Langdale Estate home to the Langdale 4 star hotel as well as the choice of hiring one of the self catering lodges. On site there’s full leisure facilities including pool and a fabulous new restaurant for refuelling. 2 minutes up the road and also owned by the Langdale Estate is Wainwright’s Inn for a slice of traditional Lake District pub action with around 5 local real ales on daily.