Cycling in Keswick

Cycling in Keswick


From YHA Keswick there is a cycle route to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for a gentle ride following the River Greta along an old railway track to tackling the famous 112 mile Fred Whitton challenge that includes all the Lake District passes.
YHA Keswick has a lockable cycle shed, tools available to fix most common bike problems and a brush and hose to keep your bike clean - everything you need to ensure your cycling holiday goes smoothly.

Family/Novice Cycling

The Old Railway & Castlerigg Stone Circle route is a 10km ride with one climb and steep descent on a quiet road and a short section along the A591 into Keswick. The route sets out along the old railway track following the River Greta through lovely woodland where, if you are lucky, you may see a red squirrel. The railway path joins the A66 for a very short section which has a wide pavement leading you to the village of Threlkeld where you will find two good pubs as well as a café at the locally run visitors centre. Continue through Threlkeld and turn right on to Station Road. At the bottom of Station Road use caution when crossing the busy A66 and continue along here for 2km before taking your first right turn signposted for St Johns In The Vale Church, after which the pleasant valley is named. Follow this narrow road over a stone bridge, take your first right and continue until you reach a T junction where you turn left. Take the next left signposted to Castlerigg Stone Circle. Here begins your biggest challenge of the day but the reward of reaching the Neolithic stone circle with the amazing views make it one of Keswick’s essential experiences. The road now descends very steeply (some may prefer to walk this section) before joining the road back to Keswick.
Round Derwent Water is a 17km road ride with a few climbs early on. Leaving the hostel on Station Road, turn right and continue through Keswick across the mini roundabout and cross the bridge over the River Greta. After 1km take a left turn onto a minor road and walk your bike across the foot bridge leading to Portinscale. At the junction bear left and follow this road through some lovely undulating woodland before the trees give way along a straight flat section. The road then begins to climb gently before crossing a cattle grid and a short steep cut back at the base of the Cat Bells footpath. As the hill eases, the stunning views over Derwent Water present themselves as you contour along the side of Cat Bells. The road continues above the Western side of Derwent Water, giving beautiful views over the Borrowdale valley before entering the pretty village of Grange where you will find a couple of cafes to relax in. Follow the road over the stone bridge and turn left at the junction onto the B5289 along the eastern side of the Derwent all the way to Keswick. A nice diversion on this route to test the legs is to take the right turn off the B5289 up to Watendlath. This is a steep leg burning climb that leads to a remote little hamlet on a picturesque tarn where there is a small tea shop during the summer.
Keswick BMX pump track is a free exhilarating BMX track that will get your heart pumping and is just a stones throw from the hostel in Fitz Park.

Hostels nearby

YHA Keswick External

YHA Keswick

Free wi-fi
Licensed bar
Private rooms available

Cycling in Keswick

Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5LH

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY267235

Lat/Lng: 54.602104, -3.13502

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

Other things to do nearby

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises

The spectacular voyage gives you views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the delightful wooded islands.

Indoor climbing wall

Ambleside Climbing Wall

Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.


Brockhole Visitor Centre

Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere.  See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'.  Brows

Go Ape

Go Ape

Go Ape has several locations across the UK where you can climb and fly through the trees. If it's adrenaline fuelled family fun you're after then look no further.

Beatrix Potter Hill Top

Hill Top (Beatrix Potter)

Full of her favourite things, the house looks like Beatrix has just stepped out for a walk. Don't miss the lovely cottage garden.


The World of Beatrix Potter

Take a walk through Miss Potter's famous tales, complete with animatronics and walk-through scenes from her stories. Don't forget to exit through the gift shop!

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.


Walking and Rambling in Ambleside

A range of information on local walks is available from the hostel - just ask at reception and our friendly staff will be able to recommend a great walk for you.


Watersports in Ambleside

The Lake District was made for wild swimming and with this hostel right on the edge of England's largest lake, Windermere, it would be rude not to.

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake

One of the most beautifully located theatres in England, hosting film and literary festivals throughout the year.

Derwentwater boat trips

Boat trips on Derwentwater

Cruise the lake stopping at the lakeshore jetties where you can change boats, or enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.

Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest

The Altura Trail which puts altitude into mountain biking or there's a Go Ape! with it's high wire forest adventure course.


Osprey View Point

Spectacular view of the ospreys flying to and from their nest and, most amazing of all, catching fish from Bassenthwaite Lake.

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine

For underground tours and the popular Via Ferrata. Edge along ladders and bridges to reach a summit viewpoint over Buttermere. Visit the website


Keswick Golf Club

An 18 hole golf course offering a unique golfing experience - with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Lakeland Fells.