The Lakes and Dales cycle route from Cartmel to Kirkby Lonsdale is our pick of this circular loop taking in the full circumference of the Lake District, Cumbria and the into The Dales.
Each of the 6 segments offer stunning scenery and some more challenging than other. Cartmel to Kirkby Lonsdale is definitely the one for food lovers with both locations being famous for some of the best food to be found in the whole of Cumbria.
This section is 36 miles in length taking cyclists along to the coast and Grange over Sands onto the picturesque Levens before heading south through the delightful villages of between Crooklands and Heversham onto Hutton Roof before finishing in the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.
Both location offer cyclist friendly accommodation or for a real challenge and adventure, stay in Cartmel and do an out and back to Kirkby.
This section of the 196 mile Lakes and Dales Loop offers views of the Lake District fells, the pretty villages in South Cumbria, the medieval village of Cartmel, Cumbria’s unspoilt coastline and then then the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Other options can be found on the designated Lakes and Dales Loop website including a lovely Cartmel to Rusland Valley 19 mile loop http://www.lakesdalesloop.co.uk/cartmel-to-rusland-valley-loop-3/ or a Cartmel to Sizergh Loop at 29 miles http://www.lakesdalesloop.co.uk/cartmel-to-sizergh/
For accommodation then self catering is ideal for cyclists and their kit. Cartmel will not disappoint as a base with 5 star luxury across the board in any one of a number of luxury rental properties. The Lakeland Cottage Company specialise in the Cartmel area with a choice of rentals from heart of the village bolt holes for 2, converted barns through to historic, rural cottages.
Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottages/cartmel_collection/ for more details.