The New Lakes and Dales Circuit
- Wednesday, 09 March 2016
- Written by Kestrel Lodge
190 miles of punishing climbs, thrilling descents, and stunning scenery takes in some of the best the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales has to offer. This four day route starts and finishes in Penrith, but could easily start and finish anywhere on the route.
Starting at Penrith, and passing through Appleby, Orton, Dent, Kirkby Lonsdale, Rusland Pool, Gosforth, and Cockermouth before returning to Penrith you will skirt the best known areas of both the Dales and the Lakes and instead travel on some of the quietest roads in the area.
Created by Nick Cotton, cycling guidebook author and Cumbria county councilor, the route offers views of Wast water, Ennerdale Water, Crummock Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, and
Lowes Water. You’ll see mountains such as Great Gable, Red Pike, Scafell Pike, Blencathra, Skiddaw, and many, many, more while you huff and puff your way around. Nick developed this particular route to stick to the outskirts of honeypot area’s like Ambelside, Windermere, and Keswick and show some of the lesser known delights the area has to offer.
To read the full article by Ellie Ross in the Independent click here
Map also available in the article.