Ride to Windermere

Windermere.  Photo from Mark Salisbury Route Details

  • From - To: Kendal to the Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere
  • Distance: 11.5 miles
  • Terrain: A mix of country lanes and dedicated cycle path. Undulating.
  • Access: Railway stations at Kendal, Burneside, Staveley and Windermere
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 6

Route Description

This ride is a feast for the eyes, giving you a taste of some of England's most beautiful countryside.

From Kendal, the route follows country roads northwestwards often alongside the River Kent, through Burneside to Staveley, before joining a dedicated cycle route to Windermere.

From Windermere, you can continue through Troutbeck Bridge to the Brockhole Visitor Centre.

The route runs more or less parallel to the railway line between Kendal and Windermere, so you have the option to return by train, or to use the train for some of your outward journey.

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Extending the route

If you would like to extend the route then Windermere to Grange-over-Sands is the perfect route at 27 miles.  On arriving in Kendal, you simply pick up the Kendal to Grange over Sands route at the old canal head which is directly below Kendal Castle.  From here you'll pass Sizergh Castle, Meathop Fell and travel over the River Winster before arriving into Grange-over-Sands

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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. 


A great cycle ride which travels between Lake Windermere and Kendal - a must for anyone visiting the North West. You can also extend the route all the way to the seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands.

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