Lowther Castle is our major bike hire facility, located in the heart of Cumbria. It has a fantastic choice of designated paths geared towards families as well as possibilities to pedal farther afield if you’re looking for a more challenging experience.
Lowther Estate has created a network of cycling lanes that provide access to the estate’s lovely grounds and old trees. The courses are properly marked and graded to fit the rider’s abilities. Our bikes were chosen to be suitable for the terrain of the 30km of the dedicated path, which runs from the open fell side to quiet lanes, tracks, and trails.
Lowther Castle serves as the starting and finishing point for the Askham Fell Loop. It leads via Lower North Park and up to Askham Fell through Askham Village. Cross the fell top for spectacular views of Lake Ullswater, then return to the Castle by the Whale.
Because of the ascent, the difficulty ranges from moderate to difficult. The summit of the Askham Fell Loop is very simple hiking, however, there are a few somewhat rockier sections to be wary of.
Lowther Castle serves as the starting and ending point for the Lowther River Loop. This path leads you into North Park, where you’ll come upon the Low Gardens Bridge. The riverside route will then lead you to Askham Bridge. Cross the bridge and make your way up the hill to Askham Village. Turn left at the crossroads and continue on the road, staying left at the next fork in the road marked Whale. Take a left after crossing the road bridge. Return to Lowther Castle by following the gravel trail back up the hill.
The first half of this walk follows the Lowther Church Loop, which is ideal for families. This course is also suitable for families if you are comfortable riding on highways with youngsters.