Welcoming mountain bikers back to the Lake District, safely and responsibly.
To say it’s been a strange few months is probably a bit of an understatement. However, with lockdown rules being steadily relaxed, it feels like we’re finally starting to see some light and the end of the long, dark Coronavirus tunnel.
For obvious reasons, visitors have been discouraged, and for a while, forbidden, from coming to the Lake District, as the nation desperately tried to contain the spread of Covid-19, but that is gradually starting to change.
As one of the worst affected areas in the country, Cumbria has been understandably cautious about encouraging people to flood back to this most popular of tourist destinations. However, with holiday accommodation, bars and restaurants being permitted to reopen from July 4th, businesses are looking forward to welcoming visitors back with open arms, in a strictly metaphorical sense, of course.
Having the green light to travel that bit further from the confines of our own locality has been music to the ears of all but the most resolute of homebodies, and adventurous mountain bikers will be champing at the bit to get back to the mountains, especially if you’ve been restricted to flat cycle paths, the same local bridleways, or, heaven forbid, the roads, for the past three months.
The re-opening of the Lake District will undoubtedly lead to an influx of visitors, and some will no doubt have reservations about coming to a tourist hotspot, particularly when social distancing is still of the utmost importance. However, the Lake District National Park has implemented a range of measures to ensure that anti-contamination and social distancing guidelines are observed, including a traffic light system for car parks and an increase in contactless payment options.
As far as activities go, there are few that are as conducive to social distancing as mountain biking, where it’s easy to escape the crowds, and riding more than two metres apart is the norm.
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, a guide can show you the best trails, whilst avoiding the well trodden routes that attract the masses. Their expertise and local knowledge will also greatly reduce the chance of anything going wrong, so you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re venturing into the fells in the safest and most responsible way possible.
With our mountain bike guiding practices already adhering pretty closely to Covid-19 guidelines, there’s very little that we’ve had to change in order to resume our guided rides. In accordance with the latest government regulations, we can currently only guide a maximum number of five riders from the same household at any one time, although we hope that this will be relaxed further still before long. Otherwise, the hand sanitizer and disposable latex gloves in our leader’s pack get used a bit more frequently than before, and the Buff has been assigned an additional function. We also strongly advocate the advice to stay alert at all times, particularly on the descents!
We’ve already started guiding again, and look forward to welcoming even more excited mountain bikers back to our awesome playground over the coming months. After all, social distancing doesn’t get much better than a day out in the hills on a bike!
Contact us to find out more, or make a booking