For those of you who prefer seeing the lush Lakes landscape on two wheels, there are substantial pickings of routes in a medley of classifications and distances. These proposals are but a mere slice of what Coniston and the surrounding areas have to offer you. It is just a matter of going with your capability and compatibility of your companions, which either leads you to head for the hills or loop the lovely lake.
For families with youngsters in tow, the Coniston to Torver is a six mile easy-going course that is mostly off-road and only takes around two hours in total. A time span that is ideal for limited attention spans of children and for a classic family picnic, with a terrain that is kind on dinky wheels. Although a basic and practical option, it does not sacrifice on lush lowland views to get snap happy with and a few sightings of the famous Lakeland sheep. This excursion begins at Coniston Boating Centre and concludes in the charming Torver village, so a coffee shop stop might just be the tonic for that quick caffeine fix.
Grizedale Mountain Bike Centre is a vast purpose-built park situated between Coniston and Windermere. It boasts an assortment of degrees from moderate to hard that spans over 5-30kms. Levels include 'red' for the adventurous, 'black' for the challenge and then there is the 'natural', which is just for the fun of it. If words like climb, descent, slab, berm and drop-off make you tingle with adrenaline then this place is one for your bucket list.
To feed the uber keen cyclist in you, dish yourself a slab of a challenge and tackle the Coniston-Wasdale tour. This route is famously described as an extremely demanding excursion to say the least. It covers 36 miles of ground and approximately 8,000 feet of pulse-racing ascent, which in some sections may require bikes to be temporarily put on shoulders. To put it into context, it is not going to appeal to the weak-hearted or someone who just fancies a relaxing ride out. The chances to cut this route short are very few when tough nuts like Hardnott and Wrynose are involved. However, the victory you will feel when you reach the finish line, via a much needed ale and grub stop at Langdale’s Dungeon Ghyll Inn, will be nothing short of priceless.
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