Lake District or Yorkshire Dales?

26th September 2014 by  in Inspired Rides

Can’t decide between a trip to the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales?

Beautiful Northern England

Good news – now you don’t have to.

We tasked our friends at Crooklands Hotel with the job of spending a couple of days out and about, scouting and scouring the various roads and passes of two of Northern England’s most beautiful areas (*I know – tough gig eh!?!).

Their mission:

Come up with an itinerary that combines the very best of a day’s riding in the Lake District AND a day in the Yorkshire Dales.

And boy, have they delivered – just LOOK at what they’ve come up with!!

How about this for a two day riding stint?

Make your way up (or down, or over) to Crooklands (just off the M6 in the South Lakes), park up, grab a drink and relax – tomorrow is going to be a very good day.

The Venue

Crooklands Hotel
Crooklands, near Kendal, Cumbria, England, LA7 7NW
01539 567432


Crooklands is a bike-friendly 3* hotel situated just 1 mile from junction 36 on the M6, yet in a rural and peaceful location at the base of the Lake District.

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DAY 1 – Deepest Darkest Dales Loop | 157 miles

Starting and ending at Crooklands Hotel, this is a full day’s ride through some of the very, very finest roads that Yorkshire has to offer. Do this once and you’ll be looking for any excuse to come back to ride it again, and again, and again.


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DAY 2 – Lakes & Passes Galore Loop | 197 miles

If it were ever possible to overdose on magnificent Lake District scenery this would be it. With lush, green enclosed lanes to lakeside meanders and stunning switchbacks along glorious passes this route has it all!


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If there’s a better 2 days worth of motorcycling to be had in England than this, then I’d VERY much like to know about it!


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