La Famille - a new family bike ride

We've launched a new bike ride, aimed at all the family. You're invited to take part as a parent and child team on Sunday 18 September and tackle the routes through the heart of the south Lakes.

Starting at Claife Viewing Station on Windermere’s west shore, there are two routes to choose from, taking in some great family-friendly National Trust places along the way.

The Routes

Everyone will start the ride at Claife Viewing Station near the ferry landing on Windermere’s west shore. Heading north on the lakeside track to Wray Castle, you’ll go up the ‘Col De Strawberry Bank’. Families can then take a break and explore the outdoor play area or re-fuel at the castle café.

Wray Challenge 

For those following this 14km route, you’ll retrace your wheel tracks back along the west shore to Claife Viewing Station.

Hawkshead Challenge 

This longer 18km route will continue on to Hawkshead via the challenging ‘Col De Tock How’. Here you can re-fill your water bottles at the National Trust corner shop  in the village. Then you'll be on the home straight back to Claife Viewing Station along the road, with a final stop at Hill Top if you've got the engery for exploring the garden.

A well earned reward 

Celebrate your return with a BBQ in the Courtyard at Claife Viewing Station and collect your finishers medal.  

" Sportives are so popular with cyclists today but we want to ensure that families have the chance to have a go too, in a non-competitive environment."
- Gareth Field, Sports Programme Manager Lake District

If families would like to collect sponsorship for their efforts on the challenge, any money raised will go towards work on the outdoor play trail at Wray Castle. Entry costs £20 for Adults and £10 for a child. 

Why not follow the link below and sign up today. The summer holidays are perfect for family training rides...we'll look forward to seeing you at the start line! 

Family walking near Wray Castle on the west shore of Windermere, Cumbria.

What's on 

We've got lots planned for 2016, why not join us to discover this special part of the Lake District.

Cyclists on the west shore track, Windermere, Cumbria

Explore the west shore

Ditch the car and visit Windermere West Shore on foot or by bike. Take a look at the best routes for gentle strolls or longer rides.