Five reasons why cyclists love Rydal Lodge

We have a lot of cyclists staying here, for many reasons, but we’ve whittled down the top five reasons why they love Rydal Lodge.

For starters

There are easy routes for beginners and for families with young children. Literally just around the corner is the start of the road under Loughrigg, a flat stretch of almost two miles where many a youngster has learned to ride.

At the far end, Clappersgate, there’s a short stretch onto the A593, but very soon a left turn onto the quieter Hawkshead road, then loops via Outgate, Barngates (and the famous Drunken Duck) and Brathay, or further afield to Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater or Tarn Hows.

Tarn Hows

Challenging routes

From Rydal Lodge there are some terrific challenging road routes for cyclists. For example, you might want to head out to Langdale and beyond, maybe over Blea Tarn Road, and then perhaps over Wrynose Pass. Or you might want to head in the other direction, in the east, up and over the road known as “The Struggle” to the top of Kirkstone Pass and then down to Patterdale. The views will spectacular; the brakes will be tested!

Lakeland Loop


This is a challenge for the serious cyclists. The Lakeland Loop, at 69 miles, with 2284 ft elevation, is one of the top cycling sportives
and passes within half a mile of our guest house. We watch it go by. Everyone seems to be smiling!

Photo: Mick Hall

The big daddy of them all

The Fred Whitton Challenge, known locally as The Fred, is the toughest one-day event in the UK. At 180k, the route goes over all the Lakeland passes (one of them 30% gradient) , and that means Hardknott, Wrynose, Honister, of course. And then goes past our front door!

Cycling in Whinlatter Forest, Bassenthwaite

Peace of mind

Last but certainly not least, here at Rydal Lodge we offer cyclists security and peace of mind. Your bike is worth a lot to you. If you’ve driven here
with a bike rack, we have plenty of car parking space safely off the road. But most importantly we have a lock-up shed so your bike is safe and secure when you’re not out riding. And dry. (Not that it rains much in the Lakes).

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