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England Bike Tour

On Holiday in England's Idyllic Lake District & Countryside

  • Relish the ceremony of proper English tea in the magnificent Lowther Castle grounds—one lump or two?
  • Imagine riding along world-class cyclists through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, starting point for the 2014 Tour de France
  • Unwind with a pint at a classic British pub amid timeless villages, charming farms and idyllic lakes
  • Relish UK history at the awe-inspiring ruins of Fountains Abbey at Studley Royal Park, a World Heritage site

The Royals, double-decker buses and red telephone booths are all Great Britain. But so is the steep winding Kirkstone Pass. The breathtaking Lake Ullswater. The grand historic Bolton Castle. They're as much Great Britain as the Tower of London (and much less crowded). Visit for yourself—find your Great Britain.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Following morning tea at majestic Lowther Castle, set out for a scenic spin through emerald pastures and sun-dappled forests | You won't want to miss Ullswater, formed by a glacier after the last Ice Age and one of the most beautiful lakes in the United Kingdom | Climb famous Kirkstone Pass for dramatic mountain vistas.

Day 2 Take in views of vast blue Lake Windermere and its surrounding fells | Visit a traditional farm with Shire horses and dairy cows | Lunch offers a farm-to-table dining experience, including freshly made ice cream for dessert | Spin along iconic Lake Coniston to the picturesque village of Hawkshead.

Day 3 Bike through the bucolic sheep-dotted countryside | Stop at a local artist's retreat where our good friend hosts a lovely private lunch | Journey to the shore of Lake Windermere.

Day 4 , Indulge in fish-and-chips in the bustling market town of Hawes, in the renowned Yorkshire Dales | Visit 600-year-old Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned | Pedal amid verdant hills and delightful villages.

Days 5-6 Cycle through the misty Yorkshire moorland, savoring glorious sweeping views of the Nidderdale | Explore historic villages and the captivating ruins of Fountains Abbey. 

If you're looking to get away from the crowds and heat of central Europe and still be challenged on a bike, this is the trip for you. The scenery is outstanding and very peaceful. With only one hotel move, the trip takes on a more relaxed pace. Lodging is outstanding and unique. If you want a cycling challenge, ride (with an upgraded bike) every mile. However, with e-bikes this trip is very enjoyable for more novice riders. Dress for the weather and enjoy this fabulous new trip.
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Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Windermere (3 nights)

British luxury doesn't get much better than this well-appointed, elegant family-run inn. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)

Swinton Park

Swinton Park

Masham (2 nights)

An incredible 17th century castle-turned-hotel boasting ornate ceilings and priceless art. This unique and eco-conscious property sources all food locally. (pool, spa)

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If you're looking to get away from the crowds and heat of central Europe and still be challenged on a bike, this is the trip for you. The scenery is outstanding and very peaceful. With only one hotel move, the trip takes on a more relaxed pace. Lodging is outstanding and unique. If you want a cycling challenge, ride (with an upgraded bike) every mile. However, with e-bikes this trip is very enjoyable for more novice riders. Dress for the weather and enjoy this fabulous new trip.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13* 900 31 2700
2 13* 1300 33 3200 43 4000
27* 2700
3 8* 900 19* 1700 34 3000
41 3600
4 15* 1100 39* 2700 51* 3400 70 4100
5 22* 1200 29* 2400 42 3400
51 4100
6 13 1100
 

Note: England's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys and occasional steep grades. These factors, along with the continuously rolling terrain and other conditions such as rain and rough roads, can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in England

Shall We Meet in the Drawing Room?

The Lake District was the backyard of our England expert, Drew Smith, when he went to school nearby. He's crafted a unique biking itinerary that combines the Lakes with the Yorkshire Dales, weaving in castles, abbeys and expert tours of formal gardens – plus stays at two grand hotels, The Gilpin (Relais & Châteaux) and Swinton Park, both harking back to a Downton-style heritage that's easy to get accustomed to.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in England

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in England. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Best Leaders in England

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in England, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our England trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings England has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in England—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In England you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

More Leaders to Support You

On our England trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,498 pp dbl occ

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