Check out a selection of rides that you can enjoy while you're visiting South Lakeland for Kendal Mountain Festival.
Whether you've brought a mountain bike for some Lake District singletrack, fancy exploring the hills and valleys around Kendal by road or are just looking for a trundle down the river for ice-cream, there are rides here to suit everyone.
As well as ranging in difficulty, the routes also vary in terms of duration, from shorter road rides to all-day epics. Squeezing in some outdoors time between talks and film screenings or adding some days onto your festival trip, you’ll find Tours here to suit your time frame.
Nature lovers should consider the loop to Silverdale and Arnside, with the fantastic RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve to explore. If tough hills are your cup of tea, check out the Twin Terrors route for two spicy inclines. If you have longer to explore and fancy ticking off one of the ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’, check out the lap of Helvellyn for a long effort up the famous Kirkstone Pass.
Taking things off-road, there are a few options for gravel cyclists and mountain bikers. Head to nearby Staveley, either along the road or on the train, to challenge yourself with the legendary loop taking in Garburn Pass for some classic Lakes MTB.
All of these routes start from the 2021 Kendal Mountain Festival Basecamp: the Shackleton Tent at the Brewery Arts Centre. It’s the perfect place to start and end your ride, with plenty of food and drink options at the festival hub to enjoy.
For any spares or mechanical help, there are a few bike shops in Kendal and nearby Staveley.
Thank you to local organisations Cold Dark North and Lakes Gravel Gang for helping us to pull together these great routes.
For more about what’s on at the Kendal Mountain Festival and how you can enjoy the experience remotely, visit kendalmountainfestival.com
This 37-mile (60-km) loop takes you to the south from Kendal, touching on the south-eastern fringes of the Lake District National Park through the Lyth Valley before heading down to enjoy Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Your legs will get a speedy warm up as you head west out…
Enjoy views of Morecambe Bay and the south-eastern Lake District with this figure of eight loop from Kendal. There are a few tasty climbs on this one: Tow Top and Brigsteer Brow.
There’s an easy start as you head south through Natland and cross the River Kent to Levens. A great stretch of tarmac follows…
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
Prepare yourself for some breath-taking scenery on this lap of the Howgill Fells to the east of Kendal. Famously described by Alfred Wainwright – the legendary Lakeland guidebook writer, illustrator and former Kendal inhabitant – as a herd of sleeping elephants; the velvety, green curves of the Howgills…
A more challenging road cycling route with some classic Lakeland climbs thrown in for good measure, this lap of Helvellyn and Windemere is a real corker for experienced riders.
You head out of Kendal to the north to start this loop, passing through Staveley – where there’s a great little bakery for that…
Fancy an easy-going pedal with a sweet treat in the middle? This short spin along the River Kent out of Kendal and along the road to nearby Staveley is a very chilled out-and-back ride, taking in sections of cycle path out of town.
After riding past the old stone bridges crossing the River Kent and joining…
For riders looking for a real Lake District MTB classic, Garburn Pass is fairly close to Kendal and offers some spectacular mountain riding around the high point of Sallows.
This loop starts and finishes in Staveley, a short ten minute train journey from Kendal or a 5.6 mile (9 km) ride along the main…
Join Lakes Gravel Gang on their Castles and ride social gravel ride at the Kendal Mountain Festival by signing up here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/lakes-gravel-gang-komoot-community-ride-tickets-178848730367
Lakes Gravel Gang (LGG) are a community based in the Lake District, Cumbria with a focus on building friendships…
Bike Touring Collection by Kitty Dennis
Bike Touring Collection by Amy
Hiking Collection by Oberpfälzer Wald
Mountain Biking Collection by Katherine Moore