Cumbria lends itself to a superb day out on bicycles. The variety of landscape and the miles of empty lanes mean everyone can find the right level and the right pace – all within easy reach of Warwick Hall.
For the little onesWe have a great selection of bicycles for little people which we’re happy to loan. Our vast flat driveway has sent lots of little children on their wobbly way. It’s been a wonderful resource for our own grandchildren which we’re delighted to share.
For the not so little ones
There are plenty of challenging routes for the road and mountain bikers. Don’t panic though, our farm roads are suitable for mountain bikes and are good fun for riders strong enough to go off a tarmac road. It’s great practice for a new mountain bike rider - without leaving home.For the more adventurous, there are also many pleasant circular routes with a nice country pub to stop at for a long lazy lunch. We’ll happily help you plan a route or our local bike suppliers will give you all sorts of wonderful ideas – many of which start from the door.The Hadrians Wall Cycleway actually passes through Warwick Bridge! The 174 mile route stretches the length of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. Magnificent coastal views, breathtaking countryside, roman forts and museums, inspiring modern attractions, quaint villages and attractive market towns, all set in a World Heritage Site: this cycle route has it all! You will ride through some of England's most dramatic and wild countryside where you can "get away from it all" and enjoy the freedom of cycling in this unspoilt area.Sustrans Cycle maps are a great online resource, but here are a few route suggestions:
The Sea to Sea - Irish Sea off Cumbrian Coast to North Sea off Northumbrian Coast (Whitehaven to Newcastle) The UK's most popular 'challenge' cycle route passes through the northern Lake District before climbing the Pennines, 'the roof of England', and then descending to the railway paths of County Durham. It includes Black Hill, the highest point on the National Cycle Network (609m) and the Consett-Sunderland railway path and sculpture trail.The Pennines - our local hills are filled with routes for all abilities. Keilder Forest – 15 miles from here. Endless empty roads up on the Scottish border. Ribble Valley - Take the train from Armathwaite (6 miles) up to the top of the Pennines and the Ribble Valley Viaduct. Stunning scenery! Then cycle the 40 miles back home – it’s all downhill! The Lake District – seriously challenging hills! Not for the weak kneed… although you could always cycle along the shores of a lake.
- Bikes can be rented locally. See details below. Look into it before you arrive to avoid disappointment.
- Pedalpushers: A great resource!
- Open all year round for bike hire, route maps, child seats; helmets etc; and they will deliver.
- Lonnings End,
- Sandy Lonning,
- Capontree Road,
- Brampton,CA8 1RA
- Tel 016977 42387 or 07770 976187
- Palace Cycles: For all your biking needs. Excellent big league bike shop.
- Address: 120-124 Botchergate,
- Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1SH
- Tel: 01228 523 142
N.B. We accept no liability for any damage or accident or problem with equipment loaned to guests or use of our private roads for any reason. All use of equipment and roads is entirely at a guest’s risk.