Lake District & Yorkshire Dales


Lake District & Yorkshire Dales


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Lake District & Yorkshire Dales

Ride the best roads in Northern England, as voted by UK bikers

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5 Day Self-Guided Tour

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Ride the best roads in Northern England, as voted by UK bikers
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Based in the beautiful market town of Kendal, this 5 day itinerary takes you on daily ride outs along the area's best roads. We'll plan a fantastic route from your door to the very edge of the the Lake District and once settled in, you'll be treated to the most spectacular sights of the Lakes and Dales, including Lancaster Castle, Shap Fell and Furness Abbey. Extra days are easy to include for those wishing to explore a little more or arriving from further afield.
  • Self Guided Tour
  • 5 Days
  • 900 miles
  • Location to suit

March to October

Once you arrive at your hotel in Kendal, you'll be able to relax and choose which ride out you would prefer each day. With all three options a comfortable distance of around 170 miles the hardest part will be selecting which one to ride first.

Ride out one leads you around the Lake District National Park along some fabulous coastal routes, with a ride over the infamous Shap Fell, and visits to the ruins of Furness Abbey, and Coniston Water, site of Donald Campbell's tragic 300mph crash in Bluebird on January 4th 1967.

Beautiful Coniston Water

Your second ride out option heads out on a loop around the Yorkshire Dales, another English National Park, as well as the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You'll visit the imposing Lancaster Castle, a prison until as recently as 2011, site of the Lancaster Witch trials in 1612 and witness to over 200 executions at 'Hanging Corner' 

The final ride out of the trip covers both parks, to ensure you don't miss any of the spectacular scenery of the area. You'll ride the length of Ullswater, where you might be lucky enough to catch sight of M.Y Lady of the Lake, the world's oldest working passenger vessel, as she steams by on her regular service. Follow this with a visit to High Force Waterfalls and you have a recipe for a day to remember!

Imposing Lancaster Castle

As on the first day of the trip, we'll plan a fantastic return route for you. Perhaps heading home via the famous Cat and Fiddle road in the Peak District, or squeezing in a visit to the massive National Motorcycle Museum, dependant on your home location. Extra nights can easily be added for those with further to travel as well. Wherever you're headed back to, you can be sure it will be on the best roads in the area!

Castles, lakes and the best roads in two national parks

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Tour highlights

Ullswater, Bassenthwaite Lake and Coniston Water: Home of Donald Campbell's fateful 300mph+ world speed record attempt in 1967

High Force Waterfall: One of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, a 21m plunge slicing through rocks dating back over 300 million years!

Everything was organised in a way that made for a relaxing holiday. The daily itinerary, Sat Nav routes and pre-trip information were excellent and the level of information provided was First Class.

Lancaster Castle: First mentioned in the 11th century, damaged by the Scottish invasion of 1389, seeing action during the English Civil War and until 2011 still a working prison, Lancaster Castle has seen its fair share of deeds and misdeeds.

Furness Abbey: Featuring in the work of both Wordsworth and Turner, this inspiring ruin was once one of the richest estates in England. Keep an eye out for the ghost of a headless monk who is said to ride horseback beneath the Abbey's sandstone arches...

Hardknott Pass: At 33% gradient in places, this technically challenging stretch of tarmac shares the title of England's steepest road and is within easy striking distance of this trip if you're feeling adventurous. Don't expect to spend much time out of first gear though!

Hardknott Pass, one of the country's steepest roads

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Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1 200 Miles

We will provide an interesting route from your home to Kendal in the Lake District using the best biking roads available, with plenty to see along the way.

Day 2 170 Miles

Ride out around the Lake District National Park. Ride Shap fell, which had a notorious reputation for impassibility in pre-motorway days. Visit the ruins of Furness Abbey, and Coniston Water where Donald Campbell crashed and died at over 300mph while attempting the world water speed record in his hydroplane 'Bluebird'.

Day 3 175 Miles

Ride out around the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit the imposing Lancaster Castle and ride the best old roads through the Dales for some stunning scenery.

Day 4 160 Miles

Explore both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks today for the best of both worlds. Ride the length of Ullswater and visit the High Force Waterfall at Forest in Teesdale.

Day 5 200 Miles

We will provide an interesting route home, using the best biking roads available. Perhaps riding the iconic Cat & Fiddle on the way back, or visiting the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, or the British Motor Museum in Gaydon.

What's included
4 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels.
Excellent breakfast each morning.
Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities.
Detailed route plans and maps.
GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee and lunch stops.
What's not
Toll charges.
Admission charges.
Occasional hotel parking charges.
Meals and drinks other than specified above.
Travel/Breakdown insurance.

Common questions about this trip

Where does this tour start from?

We plan this tour from your doorstep. If you are more than a day’s ride from the Lake District, we can easily include additional nights to suit your schedule. Just let us know when you book.

When is the best time of year to do this trip?

May to September as a rule is the safest time to tour anywhere in the UK and Ireland although March, April and October can work with a dash of luck. It can be wet at any time of year but a sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities. Full kit and packing lists are supplied and we are happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips.

More information
For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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