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LOCAL AREA   >   SPECIAL INTERESTS   >   CYCLING


Mountain bikingKendal is an ideal base for a cycling holiday. The town itself is fortunate to have the Canal Cycle Path, a flat, joint cyclist and pedestrian route that runs alongside the long-since disused canal, as well as a stretch that runs alongside the River Kent. Cycle racks can also be found at various locations in town.

The Kendal and District Cycle Scene continues to work with the district and county councils to develop Kendal's cycle routes still further. Their website details a number of routes for cyclists wanting to get a little further afield to places such as Longsleddale, Patton Bridge, the Howgills, Docker, Mealbank, Grayrigg, Orton and Killington. The South Lakes Group of the Rough Stuff Fellowship also enjoys semi-regular outings in small groups and welcomes cyclists of all abilities.

Also look up the Wheely Good Communities, a local community project designed to get people on their bikes, offer assistance and to generally encourage beginners to feel more confident. They've mapped over a dozen easy rides in the local area. Their 'Yealands Sticky Bun Club' runs every other week on Sunday afternoons and gets groups of ladies together on their bikes, taking in a cake and coffee at a café en route. If you're looking for something more serious or competitive, there's the Kent Valley Road Club and Mint Cake MTB, each catering for more serious road cyclists and mountain bikers respectively, and each with a full programme of events.

If instead you prefer to just do your own thing, you'll find a wealth of cycling available in the area - be it road cycling or mountain biking - whether it be in the Lake District (look at what's available at Grizedale in particular), the Yorkshire Dales or the North York Moors. There's so much out there that we couldn't possibly document it here but rest assured that the opportunities are endless. Just watch the following video if you could do with a little motivation!

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With regards to specialist cycling shops, there are several in the town and just outside that should cater for your needs, whether you're looking to hire a mountain bike or buy a new racer, or whether you simply need some assistance with a repair.

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Kendal is also a great base for anyone visiting the area who enjoys participating in cycling events. Not only has the town hosted stage finishes for the Tour of Britain, but it also serves as a convenient location for participants and spectators of the following great events.

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As far as your accommodation is concerned, there is a cycle rack where you can chain your bike up in the secure car park at the base of the apartment building. A keycard is required to access this car park.

 


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