A new cycling trail through the Langdale Valley, one of the Lake District’s most iconic valleys, has been unveiled by the GoLakes Travel Programme.
GoLakes Travel teamed up with The National Trust to hold a special mass bike ride on Tuesday 15 July to celebrate the official opening of a new 5 mile cycle route in the Langdale Valley, which takes cyclists from Elterwater through to Dungeon Ghyll. Virtually all off-road, it expands the cycling network around the northern end of Windermere and complements other recent two-wheeled developments including the gentle western shore route and the newly introduced ‘bike boat’.
David Robinson, Access and Recreation Developer with the Lake District National Park Authority, says, “What a fantastic way to celebrate the work we’ve done through the GoLakes Travel Programme to open up Langdale for leisure cycling. Before the new trail, people couldn’t really cycle along this scenic route without either having a mountain bike or going on the road so this is a great, way for people to safely cycle one of the Lake District’s most iconic valleys. The Langdale trail is just the latest addition to the area’s steadily expanding cycling network and it’s just one of the ways we’re hoping to inspire more would-be cyclists to get out on their bike this summer.”
Neil Winder, National Trust Ranger for the Langdale Valley says, “What could be better than getting out on two wheels to see more of this amazing landscape? This route’s got the lot – wonderful woodland, lakeshore and the dramatic Langdale fells – and it’s traffic-free. Leaving the car behind is good for your health, a great day out for the kids and fewer car journeys are brilliant for keeping the Lakes special, for ever, for everyone.”
The National Trust has also produced a short film: