Could Grasmere be the new Cycling Capital of the Lake District?

Cycling is once more in the Cumbria and Lake District news.

There is only a short while left to put views and opinions across to Cumbria County Council on changes to the rights of way around Rydal and Grasmere with the consultation closing on November 28th. These changes will enable safer travelling by bicycle between Amble and Grasmere, an ever increasingly busy cycle route. Put your views across here in support

Red Bank Grasmere
Red Bank Road, Grasmere

Grasmere is a stunning village in the heart of the Lake District being in a great location on the main road to Keswick yet far quieter than bustling Ambleside. Cycling is and around the area is plentiful with many routes starting from the village as well as many passing through it. Another extremely successful Cumbrian Cracker cycle ride took place this month, November 17th, starting from Grasmere with 1000 riders taking part in the 60 mile Lakeland route. Red Bank is tackled at the start of the Cracker as are many cycling routes around Grasmere due to it’s gradient. It is also the way in which to get to Langdale and the infamous Wrynose and Hardknott.

fred whitton route
Fred Whitton Route+Gradients!!!

But next year is really going to be Grasmere on the cycling map. Next year the biggest and toughest sportive in the UK will be commencing from Grasmere, the Fred Whitton. For the past 13 years this sportive has started from Coniston but a change is to take place for the 2014 race. Taking in many of the prominent climbs in the Lake District, this 112 mile route tests even the most hardened of sportive cyclists and that is without the unpredicted weather conditions to contend with. Grasmere will be an absolute hive of activity throughout that whole weekend and even days leading up to it and all for such good causes Macmillan and the Dave Rayner Fund.

grasmere vand dale lodge hotel
Grasmere and the Dale Lodge Hotel

As with the Cumbria Cracker, the whole village including residents and businesses get together, join forces and support. The Dale Lodge Hotel in Grasmere village is a great supported of Lake District cycling and have rooms available for Fred Whitton weekend and they are cyclist friendly at all other times during the year too. And surely some world famous Grasmere Gingerbread could be the right sweet treat to boost cyclist up those 30% gradient climbs!