Derwent Valley has a huge variety of roads all set in the most stunning mountain and coastal scenery. Some of the highlights are as follows;
Mountain passes of the North Lakes –Whinlatter, Honister and Newlands are the local challenges which can be linked to give a real workout. Honister is particularly hard and all have steep sections in part and link the valleys of Buttermere and Borrowdale
Rolling roads towards Ennerdale and Eskdale – cycling rides to the south of Cockermouth can be deceptively hard, with a series of climbs such as Cold Fell and Fangs Brow, with Eskdale ending in the horror show of Hard Knott!
The Caldbeck area and back o’Skiddaw– rolling roads with the occasional steep ascent all with fantastic views of the Skiddaw massif
The Silloth coast – the miles of lanes and the coastal run between Maryport and Carlisle provide a welcome contrast to the mountains of the Lakes
Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water – many of these beautiful lakes feature regularly on our cycling club rides!
Cafes – the highlight of most club rides is a trip to one of the many excellent cafes in the area!
We are also ideally positioned to access the central Lakes, Carlisle, Ulswater, the Greystoke area and Eden valley. At the edge of the Eden Valley are the two big climbs of Hartside and the biggest climb in England, Great Dun Fell