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Great ideas: Explore the Lake District by e-bike

Written by Fiona

June 20 2024

England’s beautiful Lake District is a magnet for tourists and one of the best – and healthiest – ways to see many of the region’s most famous attractions is by bike. Better still, you could hire an electric bike (e-bike) to make it easier to cycle the miles and hills. 

An e-bike takes you further with less effort.

Cycling tours and holidays

Cycling is a popular way to explore a new region, or discover new places in your local area. A bike is also an eco-friendly form of transport – and at pedalling speed you’ll cover many miles but still enjoy an up-close experience of the landscape and environment. 

If you are worried about your fitness levels, an e-bike provides some power assistance. You’ll still need to pedal, but the electric power gives a boost on gradients and when your legs are feeling a bit tired.

In the Lake District, E-Bike Safaris has a fleet of e-bikes that can be hired for a day or multiple days. The comfortable electric bikes are easy to operate and because they are “hybrid” bikes, they can be used on both tarmac and well-maintained paths and trails. 

The company, which delivers the bicycles to your base or accommodation, hire three types of bike: Step through e-bikes, crossbar e-bikes and also e-tricycles.

E-Bike Safaris also offer a range of cycling tours of the Lake District, from one day to multiple days, with various options, such as a self-guided Heart of the Lakes Tour, a traditional pub and lunch day tour, or customised tours to suit an individual’s itinerary. 

Here we reveal why e-bike hire in the Lake District could be a great idea for your next holiday.

E-bike tours are great for friends.

7 reasons to hire an e-bike 

  • Cycling is a lovely way to travel to new places and an e-bike allows you to pedal further with greater ease.
  • The Lake District is hilly in places but an e-bike takes the strain out of riding uphill thanks to the power assistance of a rechargeable battery.
  • It’s possible to cycle day after day, or travel further in one day, on an e-bike because they require less effort to pedal.
  • If you are a couple, or a group of people of different ages and fitness levels, an e-bike helps to equalise physical abilities. Each cyclist can use as little or as much power assistance as they require. 
  • If you have been wondering what it is like to ride an electric bike, hiring one for a day or two allows yo to try, before you decide if you might buy your own.
  • Many people care about the environment – and e-bikes provide a sustainable form of transport that is much better for the planet than motorised vehicles. 
  • Cycling on holiday keeps you fit and allows you to indulge in plenty of food and drink without worrying so much about the calories.
Explore beautiful places in the Lake District.
An e-bike takes you further with less effort.

Why an e-bike tour of the English Lakes?

  • The Lake District is acclaimed as one of England’s most picturesque regions and a trip to the area is on many people’s bucket lists. Exploring by e-bike offers the opportunity to easily visit pretty villages, attractive towns, historic landmarks and take in beautiful views of lakes, hills and mountains. 
  • E-Bike Safari’s tours have been created by knowledgable cyclists. They take you to highlight attractions and hotspots, as well as some lesser-visited gems. You can let the locals guide you to the best locations so that you don’t need to do your own research.
  • Discover a wealth of excellent local hospitality at cyclist-friendly cafes, award-winning rural pubs and restaurants and hand-picked accommodation. 
  • Start the tours at the vibrant tourist town Kendal – town as “The Gateway to the Lakes” –  or from Windermere, both of which are easy to reach by road or public transport. 
  • Enjoy a more sustainable holiday making use of an environmentally friendly e-bike rather than driving a car.

E-bike delivered to you

E-Bike Safari staff deliver hire bikes to wherever you are, whether it is your holiday accommodation or perhaps a train station if you arrive in the Lake District by public transport.

Enjoy the knowledge and support of E-Bike Safaris in the Lake District.

The best Lake District e-bike tour options

Planning the best e-bike tours requires local knowledge and experience. E-Bike Safaris offers a range of tours to suit different aspirations. Cyclists receive detailed route maps, GPX files and route briefings prior to departure each day, along with luggage transfer and mechanical support back-up for the duration of the tour.

Tailormade e-bike tours

The tours are tailormade by Phil Thomas, the founder of E-Bike Safaris, and each route is plotted from the customer’s accommodation. As well as providing the routes on a Garmin device, they are plotted on printed maps, which means that even if you hire a bike for only a day you will also be able to enjoy a a self-guided tours.

I have picked some of the highlight tours of the Lake District, although Phil can also provide a wide variety of customised tours. You only have to ask.

Full Circle of the Lakes (7 days, 6 nights) 

Cycle a classic tour route that journeys around the Lake District at a relaxed pace. The Full Circle of the Lakes covers an average distance of 30 miles per day taking in many must-see attractions such as Lake Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater and Moss Force Waterfall, as well as the well-known passes of Newlands and Kirkstone.  

There are plenty of villages and towns to stop for refreshments and a stroll, such as Hawkshead, Coniston, Eskdale Green, Keswick and Troutbeck, plus tranquil valley roads and the chance to gaze up at the majestic mountains of Skiddaw and Blencathra.

Cyclists stay in a variety of accommodation including hotels, guest houses and traditional pubs.

Heart of the Lakes Tour (6 days, 5 nights)

With an average daily pedalling distance of 30 miles – and options to reduce or increase the mileage – this tour sticks to quieter country lanes and takes you through scenic valleys and over stunning fells and mountain passes. 

The Heart of the Lakes includes classic must-dos such as a cable ferry crossing of Lake Windermere, a climb over Wrynose Pass and down the Langdale valley then via the scenic craggy outcrops on Matterdale Common and over to Ullswater lake.

South Lakes Tour (3 days, 2 nights)

Make the most of comfortable e-bike hire on the South Lakes Tour. The first day of cycling offers a circular trip around the scenic lanes of the south Lakes with plentiful options to visit different local attractions, cafes or traditional pubs.

A second day of cycling takes you across Lake Windermere by ferry to discover the stunning scenery of the central Lakes on a mixture of cycle tracks and quiet country lanes.

One day e-bike tours

E-Bike Safaris has several one-day bike tours including the 27-mile South Lakeland, a Traditional Pub and Lunch Tour and a 28-mile Wrynose Pass & Coniston Loop Day. 

Plan your own

If there are Lake District attractions and highlights that you particularly want to visit, or you would prefer to create a longer or shorter bike tour to suit yourself or a group of friends, E-Bike Safaris can create a bespoke tour just for you. 

To find out more about e-bike hire and tours in the Lake District check out E-Bike Safaris or contact the knowledgeable team.

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