There are a number of high profile cycle routes in the North West of England that connect with the Lakes & Dales Loop which could be used either as a way to get to/from the route, or to extend your cycling experience, exploring further afield in the North West.
Hadrians Cycleway NCN 72 – 72 runs closest to the Lakes & Dales Loop at Sellafield, where it runs through neighbouring Calder Bridge.
Coast to Coast route NCN 71 – 71 – this famous 140 mile cycle route runs from Whitehaven & Workington on the west coast of Cumbria to Tynemouth & Sunderland on the UK’s east coast. 71 coincides with the Lakes & Dales Loop between Kirkland and Lorton, another section east of Cockermouth, between Greystoke and Langwathby, then again between Appleby and Little Asby.
NCN 7 – The Lochs and Glens route through to Inverness. 7 links with Lakes & Dales Loop at Penrith.
NCN 6 – Linking central Cumbria with London (!) 6 intersects the Lakes & Dales Loop a little south of Kendal.
Walney to Wear NCN 70 – starting on Walney Island, Barrow in Furness this route stretches right across the country to Durham & Wearmouth, on the east coast. 70 overlaps with the Lakes & Dales Loop between Grange-over-Sands and Sedgewick. It coincides again with the Lakes & Dales Loop north of Sedbergh through to Little Ashby.
The Bay Cycleway NCN 700 – from Lancaster in the south through to Walney Island, 700 links to the Lakes & Dales Loop at Levens. Lancaster also provides a useful ‘gateway’ to the Lakes & Dales Loop being on a mainline station.
Pennine Cycleway (North Pennines) NCN68 – from Derby through to Berwick. 68 coincides with the Lakes & Dales Loop between Dent and Appleby and also between Dufton and Skirwith
Cycle Route Map
The routes described above are shown on the map below, by their route number. The blue line indicates the Lakes & Dales Loop.