A Lake District Grand Tour

A Lake District Grand Tour by Mike Carden

A Lake District Grand Tour

A Lake District Grand Tour.

Pedalling through Lakeland:

The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones

“For the armchair adventurer, cycling the Lakes with Mike is an enlightening experience”

The North West Evening Mail.



MeIn ‘A Lake District Grand Tour’ by Mike Carden the author visits all the lakes of Lakeland, pokes into its most distant corners, and cycles over every mountain pass (well, he attempts to).

Along the way he tells the story of Lakeland. He sees where poets wrote and climbers climbed, he tells of ‘oond trailin’ and fell-racing, and he hunts for golden eagles and elusive ring ouzels.

With his twenty-year-old son alongside him on the ride (actually more often ahead of him, disappearing up a hill) and sharing his sense of humour, Mike’s story of The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife and The Scones is proving popular:

Cumbria Life magazine: ‘Relaxed and chatty with a ready wit.’

Cycletourer website: ‘Charming and easily readable.’ 

Keswick Reminder: ‘A very well written book with a chatty humorous style.’

Conserving Lakeland magazine: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the book.’

The Cumbria Magazine: ‘A sense of humour in abundance.’

The Lake District in Books‘I lost count of the wifely queries, “What are you laughing at?”.’

A Lake District Grand Tour by Mike Carden - cycling tour of the Lake District

To read the Introduction to the book, click here.

This was the total route:

The route of 'A Lake District Grand Tour'

Each day also has its own web page, and on each there is a Strava route link, e.g. Day Seven below:

Day Seven

Here are some cycling (and the occasional walking) images from around the Lake District and Cumbria, many from the Grand Tour, others from just being in the Lake District. Sit back and relax!.

A Lake District Grand Tour by Mike Carden is published by

Bike Ride Books

A Lake District Grand Tour by Mike Carden,  ISBN 978-0-9556602-2-1, price £8.99.

Also available in a Kindle edition.




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Some ideas for reading alongside A Lake District Grand Tour:

A Bit Scott-ish: Pedalling through Scotland in search of Adventure, Nature and Lemon Drizzle Cake  The Full English: Pedalling through England, Mid-Life Crisis and Truly Rampant Man-Flu