Getting Around The Local Area By Bike

Depending on how confident and fit a cyclist you are, there are a range of destinations that can be accessed by bike from The Ridings.

The Ridings is located in Upperby to the south of Carlisle city centre, and has a wide range of amenities accessible by bike. In your local area, you’ll find shops and cafes, a post office, Upperby Park and several schools, all less than 10 minutes away. More confident cyclists will be able to reach the city centre in around 15 minutes, as well as large supermarkets, high street retailers, gyms, and more.

There are two National Cycle Network route that serve Carlisle; Route 7 is around a 10-minute cycle from The Ridings and provides a mostly traffic free route into Carlisle city centre and Route 72 connects with this route at the city centre, continuing east and west through the city and beyond.

For more information on cycling in Carlisle visit our useful cycling guides and resources page.

Planning a Journey by Bike

If you are unfamiliar with the local area and looking to plan a route by bike, an online route planner can be a really useful tool to use. You can enter your journey start point and end point and the route planner will display a number of route options on a handy map. Alongside easy to follow directions it will tell you how far the journey is, how long it will take, and even how hilly it is.

Cycle Streets is a handy website that allows you to plan your journey. Simply enter your start and end points and away you go!

Why cycle?

Cycling is rapidly growing in popularity, and through the CV19 pandemic has for many people become an essential travel option. Cycling has always, however, been a great way to travel around for those able to do so. It offers many personal benefits, such as improved health and cost savings. It also offers significant benefit to the environment and local community, helping to take cars off the road, reducing pollution and reducing congestion.

Cycling can also be a great commuter travel option. If you’re new to cycling or aren’t really sure where to starting with your cycle-commute then check out some of our handy guidance on buying a commuter bike, commuting by bike whatever the weather and the benefits of choosing to travel actively.