Dis­tance: !"#.#"km/$%."& miles Grade: Very hard. High, wide and hand­some, with a brace of brutes in Hon­is­ter and Hard­knott Down­load: www.map­myride.com/routes/ view/172848743

Cycling Plus - - THE BIG RIDE -

GET­TING THERE

By car, from north or south, you should leave the M6 in the di­rec­tion of Win­der­mere. Lang­dale is just a few miles away. There’s also a train sta­tion in Win­der­mere if you’re com­ing by rail.

WHERE TO STAY

We stayed at the Lang­dale Ho­tel and Spa ( lang­dale. co.uk). It’s the sort of four-star ho­tel where you’re left won­der­ing where the miss­ing star is. It has an ex­cel­lent res­tau­rant, Stove, and an at­tached spa, Brim­stone.

WHERE TO EAT

In the evening we ate at Stove, while on the ride we stopped at the newly-opened Lingholm Kitchen on the es­tate of the same name near Der­went Wa­ter ( thelingholm kitchen.co.uk).

BIKE SHOPS

There is Bike­treks ( bike-treks.co.uk) in Am­ble­side, though the work­shop spe­cialises in moun­tain bikes, with the road ex­perts over in nearby Ings.

TOURIST INFO

The Lake District Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Brock­hole, Win­der­mere is your source for all things World Her­itage.

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