Penrith has a lot to offer if you are looking to experience the Great Outdoors. From town centre walking tours, bike routes starting in Penrith, cycle hire and easy access to the Lakeland Fells and Yorkshire Dales, Penrith makes a great base for your outdoor adventure.
Penrith Town Walking Trails
The Town Centre of Penrith isn’t just about shopping. Our historic market town has a colourful history, including links with Richard III, William Wordsworth and the American War of Independence.
You can find out more by following the 7 illustrated town walking trails. Simply click the name to download your pdf guide.
Out and About on a Bike
A bicycle gives you the freedom to explore the enchanting countryside at your own pace, stopping as you choose to take in the superb views, which are a special feature of these routes. If you don't wish to bring your own bike, you can hire one locally. Just call ahead and pick it up when you arrive.
The C2C (Sea to Sea) cycle route passes through Penrith and the town has been designated Cumbria's first Cycling Hub which means that cyclists are made extra welcome and will find excellent facilities including cycle hire, cyclist-friendly accommodation and specially designed routes starting from Penrith.
The bike trail from Penrith town centre, through Eamont Bridge and Lowther to Pooley Bridge takes you through some fantastic scenery. Find out a range of great trails at www.letsride.co.uk or https://www.letsride.co.uk/routes/search?location=Penrith&lat=54.664097&lng=-2.752708
Visit Eden have produced five circular OS mapped 'do-in-day' rides ranging from 15 to 31 miles. The eastern edge of the Lake District, the Eden, Lowther and Lyvennet Valleys, and Greystoke are all explored from the historic market town in the middle of the Eden Valley.
For more information from the TIC visit www.visiteden.co.uk/outdoor-adventures/cycling-in-eden
Bike storage lockers are located outside Penrith Tourist Information and Penrith Leisure Centre. Keys are available from reception at each location; a small charge is payable. A number of our hotels and B&B's are also Bike Friendly, offering to store your bike overnight - perfect for those on the C2C.
We have our very own independent Bicycle store in town. Arragons at the bottom of Brunswick road will be able to help with sales and servicing of your bike. Visit https://www.arragons.com/ to find out more.
Arragons Cycle Hire provides 2 different cycle hire options. A dedicated cycle hire centre based at Lowther Castle or the option for cycle hire delivery within 10 miles of Penrith. Visit www.arragonscyclehire.com for full details.
At Lowther Castle there is a network of dedicated cycle and walking trails that weave amongst the beautiful landscape of the surrounding Lowther Estate, leading to Askham Fell with the most picturesque views of the Lake District.
Bookings Can be made online at
Whether you're planning a car free stay, would like to explore the area's stunning scenery & landmarks, or fancy an exclusive guided day out, simply select what you require & Arragons Cycle Hire will deliver everything directly to a selection of pre-determined locations or within 10 miles of Penrith. Collection is also available from Arragons Cycles in Penrith. Book now at www.arragonscyclehire.com/
LOWTHER ESTATE TRAILS
The trails that run through the Lowther Estate embrace all that is beautiful in the lovely Lowther valley. Cycle-paths snake through the ancient woodland and pastures of Lowther Park, following the stunning contours of the landscape. All trails within the Lowther Estate have been created for full family enjoyment and are graded in accordance with national cycling standards. There are signposts at every junction, with destinations and length in miles clearly shown. In addition to this, there are some signposted circular routes that go beyond the estate boundaries. Hirers can also create their own rides beyond Lowther and into the Eden Valley or Lake District.
For more information on the trails, visit https://www.
GUIDED CYCLE HIRE
We now provide guided cycle hire from Lowther Castle. If you don't know the area and would like to be shown around the wonderful landscape of the Lowther Estate and Nearby Askham Fell, this is a fantastic way to do it! One of our qualified guides can show you the best routes in our beautiful surroundings. We'll guide you around the wonderful landscape of the Lowther Estate, Askham Fell or one of the many iconic cycle rides our area has to offer - what a fantastic way to explore! Our group led rides are perfect for Hen & Stag groups or those meeting a special Birthday milestone - why not combine your experience with a meal in the exclusive Sculpture Gallery & a visit to the Lowther Castle & Gardens?