Countryside access - cycling and walking

Cumbria is a great place for cycling and walking.  The county incorporates the whole of the Lake District National Park and there are hundreds of miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycleways to suit all tastes and abilities, including those who are less mobile.  Many of the areas of forest, such as Grizedale and Whinlatter, are also open to the public for walking and cycling.  There are many opportunities for combining public transport usage with cycling and walking arrangements in order to make the experience more enjoyable and convenient.


Cumbria County Council and Sustrans are currently assessing the damage caused to the National Cycle Network in the county following the flooding.  Users of the network are advised not to cycle through areas of flooding and please not to pass through closure notices, which are there to protect the public. 

On the C2C two cycle bridges have been damaged as a result of flooding, while a number of path and road sections of the National Cycle Network are submerged.

Routes 71, Hadrian's Cycle Way and the Sea to Sea (C2C) are temporarily closed due to flooding, while many on-road sections of the network are also affected. A cycle bridge at Keswick on the C2C has been lost, another at Braithwaite on Route 71 has collapsed, while those in Kendal are awaiting inspection by  engineers and should be avoided for the time being.

On the W2W and Bay Cycle Way the bridge across the River Leven at Greenodd will be closed until it has been cleared of debris. 

Any issues found on the network should be reported via the Highways Hotline on 0300 303 2992.

Guide for walking and cycling in Carlisle

A free pocket-sized walking and cycling guide for Carlisle has been produced aimed at encouraging people to walk and cycle as a way of getting to work, school, the shops and for leisure purposes. The map is available from Carlisle libraries, Carlisle Tourist Information Centre, and the Sands Leisure Centre.

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Follow the links to find out more about some of the major cycleways and pathways that pass through Cumbria, as well as more general help on features and facilities within the county.   

The Lake District National Park Authority website is an excellent starting point for general visitor information.     

The Cumbria Tourist Board website for local area based information and accommodation.

The 'Empty Roads' website is operated in partnership between the Youth Hostel Association and the Countryside Agency, and is a sustainable transport guide for people wanting to enjoy car-free travel to and around some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.  It also has information about YHA accommodation.        

Please note that Cumbria County Council does not accept any liability for the operation or content of external websites