PERFECT FOR
EXPLORING BY BIKE

An amazing place to go cycling

GRASMERE BIKE HIRE

COUNTRY LANES, QUIET BACK ROADS
AND LOTS OF NATIONAL CYCLE
NETWORK ROUTES TO EXPLORE

Cycling in Cumbria

Cumbria is perfect for exploring by bike with country lanes, railway paths, quiet back roads and lots of National Cycle Network routes to explore.

Cumbria is possibly Britain’s best and most varied road cycling destination. With mountains and valleys, miles of mature forest, endless lake and coastal shores, the Landscape of Cumbria makes an amazing place to go cycling.

Complete novice, seasoned cyclist or even competition standard there are great routes across the county for everyone to enjoy.

Our bikes available to hire

We currently have 3 adult Merida mountian bikes available to hire on a daily basis. See below for details.

Cyclist friendly at Thorney How

We welcome all cyclists. Whether you are taking part in the Fred Whitten Challenge or just pottering around our quiet back lanes we wish to share in your enthusiasm and will try our best to take care of you.

"Had a great time cycling around Grasmere Lake and over to Elterwater. Great pub stop. Comfortable, easy bikes to ride"

Review quote - August 2016

Fantastic for a cycling break, stunning location, lovely staff, good quality beer and excellent price, perfect showers, cannot fault this place one bit. Will make Thorney How an annual pilgrimage.

Reviewed - June 2016

Bike Charging

IN 2017 WE WILL HAVE
THREE MERIDA MOUNTAIN BIKES
AVAILABLE TO HIRE

BIKE HIRE

Is available to both guests and to non residents alike including visitors to the area and local people. In 2017 we will have three Merida adult mountain bikes. There are 2 larger gents style and one smaller ladies style bikes. We have no children’s bikes or tag along carriers.

Please book ahead and ensure that you are able to collect the bikes between 9.00am and 10.30am and to then return them between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

A credit card or similar must be left as a security deposit when renting out bikes.

Don’t forget that we also offer Electric Car Charging Points. Please call in advance for details and to book.

AVAILABLE DAILY

From 9am to 5.30pm Pre-booking advisable

Pre Book Now

PRICING

Mountain Bikes - £20 each per day (2 xGents / 1 x Ladies)

ALSO SUPPLIED

Helmet / Pump / Repair Kit / Lock/ Map / Advice on Routes

We do not supply lights.

Terms Minimum hire is 1 x full day. Late return charges apply. Additional security deposit required. Min age 14 with an adult. Not to be used on rugged mountain type routes.

Please note that we do not permit bikes to be kept elsewhere overnight. All bikes must be returned on the day of hire.

Please also see our Bike Hire End User Agreement

Also for our overnight guests

Short evening hire

Daylight permitting and if available our bikes can be used by our overnight guests only for a shorter evening ride. Bikes must be pre-booked to allow for preparation and be collected before 6.30pm.

Price £10 per bike.

Bike Storage

Bringing your own bikes with you - our bike storage is freely available in a secure and dry store. Please let us know in advance if you are planning to bring bikes or other large items to be stored when staying at Thorney How

Please be aware that we do not guarantee storage if we have not been informed in advance.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Get the most out of your cycling adventure and take home memories to last a lifetime.

Weather

Weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route and also potentially the enjoyment of your day out. Please consider your options carefully before setting off. Prepare for your day out by having appropriate clothing, food and drink with you.

For updated weather information you can visit the website: www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/weatherline

Or by calling 08448462444

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Clothing & Equipment

As well as the essential helmet provided it is a good idea to wear bright clothing if you think you will be riding on roads at some point. Wear comfortable strong shoes. You should always take a waterproof and an extra warm layer.

There are plenty of places to stop for a drink and a snack but it is always prudent to carry some food and drink with you.

You will be provided with a pump, puncture repair kit and simple tools, but we do hope that you will not need them. Our bikes are serviced regularly and will be fully checked over before you leave.

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Where to Ride

With so many options we are very happy to give you some guidance about where to go. If you have some ideas too that’s great, just ask about any local knowledge that may help you on your journey.

There have been numerous new cycle paths opened in the Lakes in recent years which may not be shown on your map.

Be aware of the regulations that affect cyclists. You should be able to travel on all public roads and bridleways (usually marked with a blue triangle). Some bridleways however may not be suitable for the average rider. You are not permitted to ride a bike on any public footpath.

You should also consider that whilst riding off road may take you to more interesting places it may take longer than the same distance by road.

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Staying Safe

Cycling is a great way to explore and stay fit with very little impact on the environment. You should be aware of the risks involved and take full responsibility for your riding. Whilst you can cover distance quickly you need to be aware of your speed and whether you have the ability to stay in control or stop if required.

When travelling off road you will also encounter walkers including children, horses, cattle and sheep on the same track as yourself. You should always give way and be prepared for unpredictable movement especially with animals.

In emergency you can call 999 and ask for Cumbria Police. It is always helpful to clearly provide as many details including your location as possible.

Bike rides

LOSE YOURSELF IN SOME OF CUMBRIA’S
MOST INSPIRING LANDSCAPES

Cumbria

Thorney How guest accommodation and bunkhouse is privately owned and managed by Taylor and Carolyn Nuttall since 2011.