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Bike Packing

Bike adventures on two wheels ... cycling and camping adventures

Bike trailer for transporting camping gear

Bikepacking is the reinvention of bike adventures with all your own gear. Cycling and camping combined with the freedom to explore the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks at your own pace, by your own route, self guided.

Pedal away along ancient lanes meandering along quiet Lakeland valleys or discover roads over the limestone escarpments of the Yorkshire Dales while heading for the forests and fields of the vales. Two national parks within a few miles of each other, yet both completely different areas of outstanding beauty.


You are free to choose, to plan; just how far you wish to pedal and what you want to experience. For this is not just about what you may see, but about stimulating all your senses. The sweet scent of bluebells in the heat of a warm spring day, the diffused air filling aroma of herbal hay drying in the summer heat, or the rustling of autumnal leaves as they blow in front of you. The sounds of curlews calling to their mate while the red kite glides overhead. And let's not forget the cuckoo.

The bleating of the ewes as they summon their new lambs, and the cows' udders full of milk as they stand by the gate awaiting their return to the farm for milking. This is rural England at its very best says the skylark singing high in the sky.

Lake District sheep and lambs

This is an adventure for everyone to try, but you do need to be prepared. You will need your tent and things to set yourself up for a dry nights stay. Everything you need will fit cosily in one of our 2 wheel bike trailers which are very light and showerproof, having been designed to transport young children, and which fit easily on one of our bikes.

I recommend staying on approved camp sites, which are very numerous and well scattered over the two national parks and are available for pre booking on their web sites. If you need help planning your adventure I can certainly make recommendations.

If travelling by train I can collect and return you to the station (chargeable).

If travelling by car your vehicle can be left at the bike hire location for free.

Minimum hire for a bike and trailer is 3 days: £75

1 week hire of bike and trailer £165

On returning the bike and trailer to the hire base shower and changing facilities are available at no extra cost.


Camp site

CAMPING with full toilet and shower facilities together with a bunk barn and tea room, very quiet with fantastic views Abbot Park Farm a lakeland working farm.

Lake District Lodges

Lodges and Log Cabins in Cumbria

Bikepacking prices

Bike hire with trailer:

3 days (min booking): £75
1 week: £165

Free parking at our bike hire site during your holiday.

Collection can be arranged from the train station (please contact me for cost)

Free shower and changing facilities on your return.

Click link to view information on making a booking

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.

Useful Links

Useful contacts to plan your route.....
Check online for lots more

Lakeland camping barns:

High Thorn Farm - camping:

Ullswater Holiday Park - camping:

Backpackers hostel:

Thorney How - independent hostel

Tourist information centres (TIC)



Self Catering Holiday Accommodation in the Lake District

Coal Yeat Holiday Cottages

Characterful Lake District holiday cottages offer self catering accommodation in a rural location with stunning views

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Bike Hire

Bike Hire

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