Cycling on the C2C, nearby quiet routes, and more

The cycling routes around Glassonby, Melmerby  and Blencowe are excellent.   For a great session of safe and super exciting off road cycling, we recommend renting bicycles from  Cyclewise at Whinlatter Forest or organising a cycle tour with CycleActive.

CycleActive Brougham Hall Brougham Penrith Cumbria CA10 2DE UK Tel – 01768 840 400.

Alternatively, if you would like excellent and well maintained bicycles to be dropped off at your cottage for use during your stay, please contact Jason  Taylor at Inspiring Cycling.  he also offers electric bicycle hire and cycle tours in the local area and along the C2C.

Jason can be reached on on 07887 764987. Please refer to his website –

Bike hire price reference – 1 day = £22, 2 days = £38, 3 days = £51, 4 days = £64, 5 days = £70, 6 days = £78, 7 days = £84.  Please check Jason’s website for details.

Here’s some feedback from Cycle Active with some suggestions of how to add cycling adventures to your holiday on the Rowley Estates –

Creating the perfect UK cycling or mountain biking holiday for your family and your group is something we’ve been specialising in for years.  Since the early 90’s we’ve been planning all kinds of cycle holidays – from short weekend adventures to multi-activity, multi-centre tours for those in the UK for one or two weeks.

What sets our trip planning apart is that we are dedicated to working with cyclists – including children of all ages, complete novice adults, keen weekend riders or professional athletes.  This gives us a deep and unbeatable understanding of what makes a great experience for cyclists and mountain bikers of all kinds.  So when you call us to talk about the holiday you want, we’ll be ready with ideas and suggestions, then work with you to quickly turn the idea into a reality.

Some cycling and mountain biking holidays we’ve created recently include: Coast to Coast Special – We are a leading organiser of C2C holidays and have an unrivalled reputation for putting together superb trips at great prices.  We have exclusive arrangements with some of the best guesthouses on the route, and can provide all the bag transfers, return transfers, parking and even post-ride shower rooms to make things run smoothly and comfortably for groups of any size.

UK Lakes Break – This is a holiday with infinite variations.  Last time we did it was for a family group with a wide range of abilities, so we designed flexible rides that allowed lazy lunches for some while others did extra mountain loops before rejoining them, or simply finished the main rides at 2pm then went back out for two or three hours at speed with the stronger riders.

 Another great alternative for a day out cycling off road in one of England’s most beautiful forest preserves is to rent mountain bikes, helmets and all the gear from the friendly team at Cyclewise in Whinlatter Forest.  This is an amazing day out accessible for all and another fun day out on a dodgy weather day.  Here’s the message from Cyclewise  –

Cyclewise – We are the UK’s  premier mountain bike training company. Based near the picturesque town  of Keswick in the beautiful Lake District, our fantastic venue at  Whinlatter Forest Park, home to the Altura and Quercus Trails, is the perfect place to come  along and join us on one of the widest ranges of mountain bike courses  available anywhere in the UK.

We offer a wide range of courses and are the Mountain  Bike Technical Advisors for British Cycling. We have a reputation within  the Cycling Industry for delivering comprehensive high-quality courses  from one of the best mountain biking venues in the UK. We have written  and developed new coaching and leadership courses for British Cycling and our expertise is unrivaled. We are the biggest provider of leadership qualifications award in the UK, having so far trained 3,000+ leaders. All our coaches and  guides hold British Cycling coaching and leadership awards and are also qualified cyctech mechanics. They have been hand picked to work with us due to their  professionalism, personal talent, approachable manner and enthusiasm for  the sport of mountain biking.

We are extremely  proud of the fact that in just under 2 years our trail head shop ‘Cyclewise Whinlatter’ has  been awarded a Gold Award and voted the 9th Best UK Workshop out of over  550 bike shops by Cytech, the industry’s only recognised training and  accreditation scheme for bike mechanics. We were also voted the 2nd Best  Trail Centre in the UK by readers of Singletrack magazine in their  annual Readers Poll. (Dec 09)

Whinlatter Forest Park Braithwaite Keswick Cumbria CA12 5TW United Kingdom.  Tel 017687 787 11