- From: Kendal Castle
- To: Grange-over-Sands Train Station
- Distance: 15 miles. As shorter option is to Sizergh Castle which is 5.5 miles.
- Type: Easy. Tarmac roads and canal towpath (which can get a bit muddy in bad weather). Mainly flat or rolling terrain.
- National Cycle Network: Route 6 and Route 70
- Access: Train stations at Kendal, Oxenholme and Grange-over-Sands
You pick up the route at the old canal head which is directly below Kendal Castle. These 12th century medieval ruins are well worth exploring and its hilltop location provides great views out over Kendal. You follow the cycle path along the old canal, which has now been filled in, for a couple of miles. You join Natland Road and follow signs for National Route 6 to Lancaster. At Natland keep following Route 6 onto Sedgwick, where the signs change to Route 70. Here you'll pass Sizergh Castle, a National Trust property that includes a medieval house, with rich gardens and estate. Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh combines traditional fine furniture with modern touches.
The route continues past the Gilpin Bridge Inn, where you avoid having to cross the busy A590 by using a parallel minor road which takes you onto Witherslack. By the Derby Arms there is a crossroads where you turn left, then bear right just before the route joins the dual carriageway. You use a tunnel under the carriageway which takes you onto Meathop. Here you pass Meathop Fell and travel over the River Winster. You follow the route into Grange-over-Sands on the B5277, past the Golf Course. To your left there is a footbridge to the railway station.
- Hills: None, but there is a steep section after Sizergh and steep descent through Levens village to the floor of the Lyth valley.
- Bike Hire: Wheelbase, Staveley
- Inexperienced cyclists: The first part of the ride is traffic free, but its mainly using quiet roads. The only section difficult section is coming into Grange on the busier B5277.
Extending the Route
If you continue on Route 6 it will take you north of Kendal to Windermere. Traveling south, the route will take you to Carnforth and Lancaster. At Kendal you can pick up Route 70 which will take you to Sunderland or Whitby on the Walney to Wear and Whitby route.
Things to see and do
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
Taking you from Kendal, the 'Gateway to the Lake District', this route travels to the Edwardian seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands, with views across to the Arndale and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.