You might think that Fell Foot is for kids, but the fantastic boathouse cafe with stunning views makes it popular with adults too. And this unusual way to get there will certainly work up an appetite. Start in Windermere Station, you can get here by train or bus.
This 24km challenging mountain bike ride from Windermere to Fell Foot Park makes use of the many bridleways that criss-cross this area. You will need to be suitably equipped and be a competent map-reader to manage this route, but you'll be rewarded by some superb undiscovered tracks. For the map visit www.golakestravel.co.uk/bikebus and check out "Routes out from the Bike Bus (Route 4)".
- From Windermere Station turn L through village centre. Follow one-way system through Victoria St, Crescent Rd then go L into Oak St (at Co-op), L to follow Droomer Drive, R into Limethwaite Rd, L into School Knott Drive. Easy to miss: turn R along poorly surfaced byway signed gated single track road.
- At junction with B5284 turn R with care visibility is very restricted.
- Cross the A5074 onto bridleway signed High House.
- Follow sign for Cartmel Fell.
- Fork R through a gate along a narrow tarmac road.
- Turn R following bridleway sign and waymarkers to woodland.
- Easy to miss Turn R at boulder along open track.
- Turn R along bridleway signed Staveley-in-Cartmel then L following bridleway waymarker.
- Turn R from forest fireroad onto steep single track.Very steep and rocky. Be prepared to walk down!
When you arrive at Fell Foot, treat yourself to the indulgent homemade cakes in the cafe, before returning to Windermere on the 800 Bike Bus. It runs on weekends from May to Sep and daily during summer holidays, and there's space for up to 12 bikes.
For more car-free inspiration and to download the FREE See More Lake District App visit www.golakestravel.co.uk
I'm a visitor travel assistant at Nurture Lakeland and I love exploring the Lake District! I'm passionate about protecting this precious landscape, and helping visitors to get out there and get away from it all. I've been looking at ways to get around without the car, and I'll post some ideas for car-free days out on this site.