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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).
There is Biketreks ( bike-treks.co.uk) in Ambleside, though the workshop specialises in mountain bikes, with the road experts over in nearby Ings.
The Lake District Visitor Centre in Brockhole, Windermere is your source for all things World Heritage.