Grasmere is a stunning village in the heart of the Lake District being in a great location on the main road to Keswick yet far quieter than bustling Ambleside. Cycling is and around the area is plentiful with many routes starting from the village as well as many passing through it. An extremely successful Cumbrian Cracker cycle ride takes place every November, starting from Grasmere with 1000 riders taking part in the 60 mile Lakeland route. Red Bank is tackled at the start of the Cracker as are many cycling routes around Grasmere due to it’s gradient. It is also the way in which to get to Langdale and the infamous Wrynose and Hardknott.
But it is May every year that Grasmere is really on the cycling map. One of the biggest and toughest sportives in the UK starts from Grasmere, the Fred Whitton. For 13 years this sportive has started from Coniston but a change is to take place for the 2014 race. Taking in many of the prominent climbs in the Lake District, this 112 mile route tests even the most hardened of sportive cyclists and that is without the unpredicted weather conditions to contend with. Grasmere will be an absolute hive of activity throughout that whole weekend and even days leading up to it and all for such good causes Macmillan, Great North Air Ambulance, North West Air Ambulance and Mountain Rescue.
As with the Cumbrian Cracker, the whole village including residents and businesses get together, join forces and support. Raise View Bed & Breakfast in Grasmere village is a great supporter of Lake District cycling and have rooms available for Fred Whitton weekend and they are very much cyclist friendly too being avid two wheeled enthusiasts. And surely some world famous Grasmere Gingerbread could be the right sweet treat to boost cyclist up those 30% gradient climbs! Contant Keith and Jacky at Raise View to book your room for the Fred Whitton weekend, May 13th 2018.
And all leisure cyclists, Grasmere has some fabulous routes including the new Grasmere to Pelter Bridge cycle path. More information can be found here, https://www.letsride.co.uk/routes/grasmere-to-pelter-bridge