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.
You can hire a bike from the centre of Penrith. Visit arragons.com/hire/ for full details.
A fleet of bikes, including e-bikes, are available to hire from Lowther Castle. Visit lowthercastle.org/cycling/