Cycling for fun

I love getting out in the open air on my Trax bike. Riding at a leisurely pace I feel the added bonuses are the low impact it has on my legs and arms. Hence it is a really good casual exercise to help tone my calves and thighs as well as my arms and shoulders.
My usual trax are between eight and 20 miles and I have journeyed on only a few main cycle routes;

Keswick cycling route

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Borrowdale Bash – Steep road climb and a push to the top of Walla Crag some easy trails to start with then working up towards the end of the route with some serious descents, massive road climbs and some technical bits of singletrack.

This was not an easy ride by any stretch of the imagination, but the views were awesome and more than made up for the strenuous bits. 

The Aire Valley Towpath Route

Following the 22km route from Leeds to Saltaire, you will discover a  variety of attractions and places of interest.  Starting from Granary Wharf on the edge of the city centre, the towpath takes you on a peaceful rough through the bustling city of Leeds.  You will pass a number of attractions including Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, the medieval Kirkstall Abbey, Bramley Falls and Apperley Bridge before reaching its destination at the World Heritage Site village of Saltaire.  Information can be viewed online at

I found this a nice steady ride across the canal. So peaceful with great views of working barges and canoeing on the steady waters. Some tracks were a bit thin for the riding but not overly dangerous if you’ve got a bell to warn other bikers/pedestrians you are present.

Cycling routes that look intriguing

West Yorkshire Cycle Route
This is a signed, 150 mile circular route, mainly on quiet roads, which roughly follows the West Yorkshire County Boundary.  Terrain varies from the flat rolling farmlands in the northeast section within the Leeds Metropolitan Area, to the strenuous rises of the Pennine hills to the west.  The whole route can be rode by the fittest cyclist or alternatively use a map guide to plan shorter rides between points of interest, which include the tourist centres of Ilkley, Wetherby, Hebden Bridge and Howorth, picturesque villages, and a whole range of landscapes.

Transpennine Trail – Leeds Section
This mostly off road route follows the Aire and Calder Navigation to the south, past the Royal Armouries and Thwaite Mills Industrial Museum, to the nature reserve at Fleet Bridge and on to Wakefield.   Information can be viewed online at

The Yorkshire Dales

Penyghent, Whernside & Ingleborough – (I think I’ll try these Individually…Don’t you?)



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