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Cycling in Eden

Riding a bike over rolling terrain on quiet rural roads and bridleway tracks is an exhilarating way to enjoy Eden's epic scenery. The Eden Valley and Orton Fells, spread as they are between the tougher terrain of the Lake District and North Pennines, are especially good for circular rides from places like Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen market towns, which are all accessible by train too. Higher altitude Alston offers adventurous outings for the more experienced cyclist.

The recently launched Lakes and Dales Loop allows you to get up close to Cumbria's spectacular landscapes. Using quiet country lanes, the route takes in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley, Morecambe Bay, and West Cumbria with a suggested start and finish point at Penrith.

Where these rides coincide with sections of the three long distance cycle routes which pass through Eden, the Sea to Sea (C2C), Walney to Wear and Whitby (W2W) and Pennine Cycleway, you will be following the blue signs of these challenging National Cycle Network routes and maybe sharing a few words with those who are touring along them. Plenty of Land's End - John O'Groats cyclists pass through Eden as well.

Just make your choice from the list below to find out more:

  • Cycling Events: Visit our events listing and search for 'Cycling' events in Eden

The Tour of Britain

Eden has now welcomed the Tour of Britain twice.

The Eden Trails

There are two cycling itineraries to take in the best bits of Eden by bike to inspire more people to explore the fabulous hidden gems on offer in Eden. The routes include:

  • Armathwaite: Family Cycle Trail - a fantastic cycle trail through some of Eden's most picturesque villages

  • The Yellow Jersey Loop - inspired by Sir Bradley Wiggins and his 2012 Tour de France victory, this route celebrates everything that is great about cycling in Penrith and the Eden Valley.

Available to download via the Nurture Lakeland website.

Cycle More Eden mobile app

There is also a Cycle More Eden mobile app which can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.

Looking for cyclist friendly accommodation in Eden?

Overnight or for longer, the Eden area offers a range of places to stay.

Establishments in our 'Cyclist Friendly' accommodation section display the 'Cyclist Friendly' symbol to say they're Cyclist Friendly. Or have obtained 'Cyclists Welcome' accreditation to provide extra facilities and services confirmed by inspection.