Cycling in the Northern Lake District and Solway Coast

Right out the gates of North Lakes Country Park are a network of perfect cycling routes.  National Cycle Network Route 72 can be joined just along the coast road.  Many of the roads around us are quiet country lanes with very little traffic.  Many of our static caravan and holiday lodge owners are keen cyclists.

Cycling along the Solway Coast is a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty and rich history of this unique region in the UK. The Solway Coast, stretching from Cumbria in England to Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, offers a variety of cycling routes suitable for all levels of cyclists.


Scenic Routes:

    • Hadrian’s Cycleway (Route 72): This route follows the line of the Roman Hadrian’s Wall, offering stunning coastal views and historical sites.
    • Solway Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty): Explore the designated AONB with its diverse landscapes, including salt marshes, sand dunes, and rolling countryside.
    • National Cycle Network Routes: Routes 7, 10, and 72 pass through the region, providing well-marked and maintained paths for cyclists.

Wildlife and Nature:

    • The Solway Coast is home to a variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, seals, and otters.
    • The diverse habitats, from wetlands to woodlands, make for a rich and engaging cycling experience.

Historical Sites:

    • Roman Ruins: Visit the remnants of Hadrian’s Wall and other Roman structures along the route.
    • Medieval Castles: Explore historic castles like Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries and Galloway.
    • Historic Villages: Quaint villages such as Allonby and Silloth offer a glimpse into the regions past.


The annual Cumberland Cobbler Solway Coast Cycling Festival is on Saturday 8th June 2024.  

The Cumberland Cobbler Solway Coast Cycling Festival is Organised by Cumberland Council, the main festival activities will be held on Silloth Green.  This year’s event will include special guest GB cyclist Philip Hines, Crank It cycling activities including jump track, time trail course, skills challenge coaching and balance bike races, BMX showcase, fun fairs, live music and a producers’ market.  Held along the scenic Solway Coast, this festival offers a range of activities for cycling enthusiasts of all levels.  This year sees a new route with more of the circuit on tarmac but this is still a tight, technically demanding course with a significant stretch of cobbles and a lot of corners to test your skills.

The Solway Coast National Landscape have created some handy maps for exploring the area.  There are ample ‘cake’ stops to refuel.  The Fairy Dust Emporium offers a range of amazing sweet treats.  Also Bessie’s Café (inside Winters Post Office) is a great pit stop.

If you’re a cyclist of any level you will find owning a static caravan or holiday lodge at North Lakes Country Park the perfect combination.  The network of cycle routes are on the door step waiting to be explored.