Kentmere’s Three Rivers Biking Trail – Many visitors to the Lake District or Cumbria come for the its walkability. There’s no wonder why so many artists and writers over several generations have been inspired by this landscape. Mountains surround the entire region, and Scafell Pike and Skiddaw are among the most popular. Even the hills here have names – in fact, Orrest Head Hill was a favorite of William Wordsworth. But the Lake District is popular for several other activities, as well, such as rock climbing and various watersports. Soon to become a new favorite – bicycling.
Just a short drive outside Kendal, begin at the road hugging River Kent named Three Rivers. The road is aptly named for the three rivers you’ll cross during your ride. Make sure you’re riding a bike made for the varying terrain you’ll come across.
The ride begins with a slow ascent through the wide-open countryside. In just under four miles, you’ll climb a little over 500 feet. Aside from the short climb right after you leave the road, this ascent is manageable, even if you have small children riding along, but it’s probably not a ride for toddlers. Your bike’s gears should be intuitive, helping find just the right gear for the topography.
There are several gravel trails that fork off at varying points along the route, which you can take if you so choose. No matter where you ride along Three Rivers, you’ll be met with gorgeous views. Sometimes the occasional puddle can make things fun for the little ones, but it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on the terrain. Pay attention to what’s up ahead. For instance, because of the trails acting as drains for the melt from the surrounding mountains, this runoff can lead to deep ruts in the trail at certain times of the year – ruts deep enough to unseat you if you’re not paying attention.
The best part of Three Rivers Bike Trail is the fact that, no matter what time of year, you’ll mostly have the trail to yourself. During school holidays, you’ll probably see a few other families enjoying the ride.