Lakeland's latest cycling odyssey - pedal by day, pod by night
The itinerary, which covers just under 70 miles of scenic grandeur, has been put together by three of Cumbria's most highly acclaimed holiday parks, all independently owned.
Cyclists can now tour the Lake District's best-loved highlights on a four-day break which will see them waking every morning to a new vista from their camping pod accommodation.
Inclusive of three nights in comfortable modern camping pods, each overlooking a different lake with spectacular mountain scenery, the cost is just £120.00 for two people for PodnPedal and £165 for two people for PodnPedal Plus (includes two mattress's, two chairs and bedding).
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Day 1 (12 miles)
Day 2 (18.7 miles)
Upon leaving the shores of the beautiful Ullswater, passing where Wordsworth’s infamous daffodils still grow. You’ll have ample time to visit the stunning waterfalls at Aira Force (just a 20 minute walk, but will live with you a long time after!) before heading north towards Scales then Threlkeld at the foot of Blencathra.
From here you can enjoy the seclusion offered by the old railway’s cycle route into Keswick (last train ran in just 1973).
Day 3 (34.6 miles)
This is the longest day on the bike, but also the most rewarding. Taking in all that the Lake District has to offer, from fast free-wheeling descents to twisty lakeside trails; picturesque villages to grand castles, all with the high drama of the fells and lakes thrown in for good measure!
Day 4 (14.7 miles)
This finale to the Pod ‘n’ Pedal tour takes you slowly out of the National Park along quiet lanes and on to the grounds of Sizergh Castle & Gardens. Low Sizergh Barn has the daily opportunity of watching the farm’s cows get milked between 3.30-5.00pm from the comfort of the tearoom gallery, perfect for the young at heart!
You’re then all but at Oxenholme, and your train journey home....with a host of wondering memories from your saddle!
Guests will arrive with their bikes by train at Penrith station, and then take an easy 8-mile ride to The Quiet Site overlooking Ullswater. The raft of honours won by the park includes accolades from the Cool Camping & Alan Rogers guides and Mumsnet - plus the 'Holiday Park of Year 2013' award from Cumbria Tourism.
A must-see for many en-route will be the 4000-year-old mystical stone circle at Castlerigg!
Journey's end is at Castlerigg Hall park near Keswick, highly rated by guests on many review websites, and enjoying breathtaking views over Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. A winner of the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level for 12 consecutive years and the 'Cumbria Holiday Park of the Year 2015', the park's stylish wooden pods have sheep's wool insulation and an outside patio area.
Here, as on all the parks on the tour, the camping pods have plenty of headroom, heating, lighting, and an electricity supply - plus the benefits of privacy and security not found in a tent.The three parks also have excellent food and drink facilities either on-site or very close at hand - and, as family-owned enterprises, have strong reputations for hospitality and personal service. Day four leaves time for exploring the area before a 6-mile ride to Windermere railway station.
Bookings can be made, or more information obtained, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, if you have your own bikes you are more than welcome to bring those along instead.
The Quiet Site