Phone contactJohn Sutcliffe: 0788 773 1552
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Challenging Cycle Rides

Challenging Rides - Know your cycling performance level

There will be some overlap with the moderate rides but these rides will include longer and steeper climbs as well as perhaps the Lake District's renowned mountain passes! Long climbs followed by steep descents are ridden at a faster and more consistent pace over longer distances. We stop occasionally to take in the views, fill our water bottles or for a coffee break.The mid route cafe stop will be a welcome break and a well deserved rest. These rides are for fit road cyclists where cycling is the major part of their sports regime. These can be ridden on E-Bikes but only with substantial cycling experience.

Challenging Cycling Rides

Britain's best bike ride or the Lakeland Loop.

Remember, every road cycle adventure is custom made for you, your family or your group.

Recommended hire bikes for these rides:

Flagship bikes, E-bikes and Road Bikes

This 40 mile cycling route around and through the Lake District has been voted the best ride in Britain. It was chosen by readers of Cycling Plus from a short list of 5 from the many routes submitted.


This is a truly spectacular adventure and a very testing ride that offers everything the Lake District is famous for including steep climbs and spectacular Lakeland scenery.


A challenging road ride along the quiet lanes of South Lakeland with fantastic lake, mountain and Morecambe Bay views.


I was looking for something a little more challenging than a leisurely guided tour. After a bit of Googling, I thought it would be a shame to visit this area and not take on either Wrynose or Hardknott pass. I emailed John and explained what I'd like to do and he was extremely helpful. I brought all my own gear, although John can supply bikes also, and met up with Graham for an early start. Graham is an experienced roadie so it was nice to be able to tip along at over 30kph on the flat. The route we took in was recently voted 'Britains best ride' and it didn't disappoint. The roads were almost traffic free and the scenery was as good as you could find anywhere. There were plenty of challenging hills but nothing could prepare you for the steepness of Wrynose. There were a good few cyclists out that morning with a lot of them walking up the final steeper section. Graham was a great guide, and always let you know what sort of road lay ahead such as a steep fast descent, or a dangerous corner. This experience and local knowledge was invaluable. I could never have completed this route on my own with just a printed map, or mapmyride guide, as I would either have gotten lost or thought I was lost.

Thanks again, Kev

Cycle Ride prices

£35 (2-3 hour ride) + £20 each additional person

£35 (2-3 hour ride) + £20 each additional person

Whole Day:
£70 (5-6 hour ride with lunch break) + £40 each additional person

Pre booking and payment is essential.

To book now and for more information, email John or call 0788 773 1552 or text LT for a call back.

Fees correct as of 25 July 2017

Park and Ride

Here at Lowick we have free parking while you are away cycling together with toilet facilities. If you are travelling up to the Lakes for a day's cycling anyone hiring a bike or taking a bike tour can have a complimentary hot shower at the conclusion of the day's event, please bring your own towel. Similarly if you wish to start and finish the Fred Whitton from Lowick, parking and a free shower are complimentary together with a cuppa and cake on your return.

Bike Hire


We have a comprehensive range of Titanium and Trek Madone carbon road bikes available for hire suitable for men, women and teenagers.

More info about Bike Hire in the Lake District

quotemarks lMy son and I enjoyed a fantastic guided ride this week with John. We experience quiet roads that we would never have found on our own. We passed lakes mountains the seaside and a 12th century abbey all within the 54 mile round trip. John explained the history and the geography of all the sites we were enjoying, and the watering holes for morning coffee and lunch were great. We brought our own bikes that were put to shame against the wonderful selection of titanium and carbon road bikes that John offers for hire. We live in North Manchester so we can get to the Lake District in under two hours, so it is our intention to return as soon as possible to continue to explore the South Lakes with John's guidance.quotemarks r

David Samuels