Selection of Popular Bike Rides and Green Routes

Near Howe is ideally situated to explore the Lake District, with many of the major fells within easy reach.

You could also choose to explore some of the hidden gems just around the corner, where you will be able to escape the crowds whilst taking in some spectacular scenery.

Each Bike Ride or Green Routes gives you a start point (including distance from Near Howe), approximate duration, together with a Route which can be downloaded in PDF format, or copied to your GPS device.

We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Mountain Bike Rides/Green Routes

Blenacthra Round From Near Howe (Mountain Bikes and Intrepid Walkers)

Start Point - Near Howe

Distance - 16.6 Miles

This circular route round Blencathra takes you along the gated road from Mungrisdale to the White Horse at Scales, and then along a path by the A66 for a mile before passing through the village of Threlkeld and on up to the Blencatha Centre.

The route now goes off road through to Skidaw House and then on behind Blencathra to Swineside where you can stop for a swim in the natural pool in the beck at the top of the tarmac road.

Now follow the back roads through Mosedale and Bowscale back to Near Howe. A truly great day out ending at the Mill Inn for a well deserved pint!

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The Old Coach Road From Near Howe (Mountain Bikes and 4x4's)

Start Point - Near Howe

Duration - 17.9 Miles

This route doubles for Mountain Bikes and 4x4's as it takes in the Old Coach Road which is a recognised Green Route.

Leave Near Howe for the Troutbeck Turn on the A66 from where you take the Ullswater road. Just over 2 miles down here you bear off to the right along a country lane heading for Dowthwaitehead. Just under 2 miles down this road you turn left along the Old Coach Road, which takes you all the way through to the St Johns In The Vale road.

Turn right along the road to return to the A66 at Threlkeld, and then via the gated road to Mungrisdale and on to Near Howe via the Mill Inn for a well earned pint!

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Other External Links

Links to Other Cycling Sites

Cycling Cumbria

- Cycling Cumbria link

Keswick Mountain Bikes - Keswick

- Keswick Mountain Bikes link

Whinlatter Forest - Mountain Bike Trails

- Whinlatter Forest Mountain Bike Trails link

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