A Cycle Tour Of The Langdales from Riverside Bed & Breakfast, Ambleside
Recovering from a slight knee injury which prevented me from walking in the Fells I decided to take one of the really great cycle rides from Ambleside to my favourite valley, Langdale and to share it with you. Here it is with some pub stops along the way!
Start/Finish Riverside B&B
Distance 18.1 miles (29.2 km)
Grade: Medium Challenge
Time 2.5 – 4 Hours Depending on how thirsty you are
Refreshments: Cafes at Elterwater,Skelwith Bridge. Pubs at Chapel Stile, Elterwater, Langdale, Little Langdale.
1 From Riverside B&B take a right onto Under Loughrigg and follow the road to the A593 Coniston Road. Carefully go diagonally across through the gap in the wall opposite onto the cycle track, signed Bowness and Coniston. Continue Sw, joining the cycle lane on the A593 through Clappersgate. In a little under 0.5km turn Left over a stone footbridge, again following cycle signs for Bowness & Coniston
2 Cross the bridge and then turn R, signed Coniston Route 37, to pass the church. Follow the lane as it heads West alongside the River Brathay. The lane then swings SW and climbs to a junction at Skelwith Fold. Turn R, then after 200m turn R again, and descend to the A593 at Skelwith Bridge.Quick coffee at Chesters
3- Carefully turn L onto the A593 then after 100m turn R signed Coniston Route 37 and join the cycle path. Follow the 37 signs turning R to the foot/cycle bridge over the River Brathay. Cross the bridge then turn L onto the riverside cycle path. As you head along the path and emerge from the trees the peaks of the Langdales come into view. Continue easily along the cycle path and follow it NW up the valley to Elterwater where you can stop at the Britannia Inn for a quick drink
4 Turn L and follow the lane as it climbs gently over to Colwith. Turn R and follow the narrow lane up into Little Langdale. The Three Shires beckons. At the fork 600m after passing Little Langdale Tarn turn R and follow the Blea Tarn road as it climbs steadily N. The road climbs in stages and skirts the flanks of Side Pike to arrive at the top overlooking Langdale.
5 The descent is very steep down into Langdale and there are a number of sharp bends. Once down into Langdale the road eases and becomes wider, (a quick mug o tea and a bowl of chips at Sticklebarn) follow it E along the valley tp Chapel Stile.
6 Continue on the road past Chapel Stile and the Wainrights’ Inn for 800m until a turning on the R for Elterwater. Make the turn and head through the village to the car park. At the car park turn L to join the cycle path signed Ambleside Route 37 and then re-trace your steps back to Riverside B&B.
Make sure to bring your bikes when you next visit Riverside because there are so many great cycle rides from Ambleside to enjoy!