Cycling Packages Available

at The Kings Arms Hotel

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride" - John F. Kennedy

The Kings Arms Hotel in Temple Sowerby is the ideal location for a cycling holiday surrounded by quiet country roads with the option to go for gruelling hills or gentler rides. We are also ideally placed as a stop off for an overnight stay on longer routes such as the Lands End to John o' Groats (LEJOG) or Coast to Coast route (C2C). A cycle tour holiday gives a great sense of achievement as well as being a lovely way to experience new places and really get a feel for the landscape.

We offer cyclists all of the following:

  • Secure bicycle storage
  • A few essentials (including foot pump, puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes, alan keys & bike oil)
  • A range of cycling books and leaflets to peruse
  • The option of a take away breakfast if requested in advance
  • We will make you a packed lunch if this is requested in advance for an additional charge
  • The hotel can recommend a variety of local routes all starting and finishing at The Kings Arms

All of the above is included in the price of our standard rates

Kings Arms Cycling Temple Sowerby Eden Valley Penrith

Route Inspiration

You are simply spoilt for choice with the number of cycle routes and challenges surrounding the area of Temple Sowerby. Here are the details of just a few of the excellent challenge routes on our doorstep! If none of these appeal, then why not invent your own route as you will be spoilt for choice by the many quiet country lanes and sleepy villages that you can cycle through completely undisturbed by traffic.

The Coast to Coast Cycle Route

The coast to coast cycle route is the two-wheeled version of Wainwright's infamous coast to coast walk. There are a few variations of the cycle route all headed from the North West coast of the Lake District (St Bees / Whitehaven / Workington) to the North East Coast of the Tyne and Wear (Sunderland / Tynemouth / South Shields). What a fantastic sense of achievement to get from one side of the country to the other all through pedal power! Do not forget that according to tradition you must pick a pebble at St Bees to skim the ocean with when you get to the North East coast! 

The Kings Arms Hotel is 7 miles (40 mins of cycling) off the coast to coast route. For those looking to split the Coast to Coast cycle route into two days (60-70 miles of cycling per day) or three days (50-60 miles of cycling per day) The Kings Arms Hotel would make an ideal rest point at the end of the first day. 

The Lakes and Dales Loop

The Lakes and Dales Loop is a brand new cycle route only just launched in March 2016. The loop replaces the old Cumbrain Cycle Way which was developed in the 1980s it was 260 miles long and signed on main roads. The new Lakes and Dales Loop is a much safer route on quieter country roads which more closely follow the Lake District's boundary. The new route is 190 miles long and there are different route options to split it into 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days of cycle touring depending on your ability. 

The Kings Arms Hotel is 5 miles (25mins cycling) off the Lakes and Dales Loop and is an ideal cycle-friendly location for those wishing to break up the route in this area.

In addition to the Lakes and Dales Loop challenge the same organisation has set up a number of 'day loop' challenges all of which can be viewed on the same website.

The Lands End to John O' Groats Route

The Lands End to John O' Groats cycle route is quite possibly the ultimate in UK cycle tour challenges. Covering the entire length of the country this route is not for the faint of heart! One of the interesting features of the Lands End to John O' Groats cycle route is that there is no set route - only very clear start and end points! This gives more adventurous cyclists plenty of flexibility to follow their noses (so long as their nose is generally headed north!) and discover lovely countryside and their own personal route as they go along. If you are up for the challenge but looking for quality accommodation stops along the route then have a look at the beds for cyclists website (linked below). The website provides a suggested Lands End to John O' Groats route map as well as links to cycle-friendly accommodation all the way along so that you can take stops as and where suits your level of ability.

The Kings Arms Hotel is on the 'Beds for Cyclists' suggested route - so we are an ideal place to stop if this is the route you are following.

The Reivers Route

Coast to coast route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. A slightly more northern version of the Coast to Coast cycle route!

The Kings Arms Hotel is 19 miles (1 hour 40 mins of cycling) off Hesket Newmarket on this route. This is less convenient for a cyclist starting at Whitehaven and heading to Tynemouth, however for those who are splitting the route and taking different sections as and when we could be an ideal stop off on the way to your challenge!


Local Bicycle Hire and Cycle Guides

Country Lanes Lake District Cycle Hire

Home to England’s longest lakes and highest mountain, the Lake District National Park and North West region provides a playground of activities to suit all tastes. Rich in literary associations, blessed with an inspiring landscape that includes homes and gardens steeped in history and with the North West hospitality guaranteed, the Lake District and Cumbria has something for everyone.

Country Lanes Cycle Hire specialise in cycle hire, mountain bike hire, group cycle and mountain bike hire events, cycling activities, cycle tours, bespoke holidays and corporate events. Our cycle hire staff are friendly, approachable and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. If you’re planning a day out or active holiday in the Lake District this year, you’ve come to the right place!

Web.               Tel. 015394 44544    


Inspiring Cycling

Based in Kings Meaburn, Inspiring Cycling is just down the road from The Kings Arms in Temple Sowerby. Inspiring Cycling has a fleet of hybrid bicycles available for hire as well as electric bicycles and offers a delivery service right to our door!

Web.               Tel. 07887 764 987


Lake District Bikes

Lake District Bikes is situated in the heart of the lake district and caters to all cyclists from tourers, to road cyclists to mountain bikes there is something for everyone. The services offered include bike hire, guided tours and fully planned cycle holidays.

Web.               Tel. 07887 731 552    


Stonetrail Mountain Bike Hire

Stonetrail are based in Ravenstonedale right by our sister hotel; The Fat Lamb. They offer mountain bike hire complete with helmet, lock and route maps. Their hire services are ideal for anyone wanting to get off-road and cycle the pennine trail.

Web.               Tel. 015396 23444   

Velo Bikes

Velo Bikes have shops in Grizedale and Ulverston and offer both sales and a hire service. Perfectly placed for a day's adventure mountain biking in the heart of the Lake District with some of the most adrenaline-fuelled trails this popular area has to offer.

Web.               Tel. 01229 860 335   



Kings Arms Cycling Temple Sowerby Eden Valley Penrith

Mountain Biking


There are many different trails to suit all levels of mountain biking individuals in Grizedale forest which is only a stone's throw away for The Kings Arms Hotel (approx. an hours drive). For the more adventurous there are red (difficult) and new for 2016 a black (severe) graded mountain biking trails. Check out the video of the new trail here. 


Whinlatter forest also offers a fantastic mountain biking experience and boasts the longest purpose-built mountain bike trail in the Lake District. There are trails of different lengths and difficulties to suit various levels of ability.

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Guest comments

A selection of recent comments from our valued customers

December 2018

A Wonderful Hotel. Must recommend this hotel. Just checked out after a 3 night stay with my wife. Visited nearby locations such as Keswick, Grasmere and Windermere. This hotel is in a very good location for accessing the surrounding area. The hotel itself is 400 years old and is oozing character, it's warm & comfortable. We stayed during horrendous weather and the hotel was soooo nice to come back to especially it's open fire. Staff are polite, welcoming & helpful. I didn't give a 5 out of 5 because I very rarely do. Amsterdam is our next getaway
Tim T.
November 2018
Great for us and the dog! Returned here for B&B after living in the village 5 years ago. It has not changed. The staff as friendly as ever, the food was excellent both off the menu and the full english. We arrived in the afternoon and had a walk around the village with the dog before relaxing in our spacious room before dinner. Sat in the bar for food as had the dog but I think it had a great atmosphere with the locals and the open fire. Good value for money and definitely recommended.

Anne I.

November 2018

Beautiful surroundings for a quiet relaxing break, tasty food and wonderful staff. Lovely relaxing stay as part of a longer road trip. Comfy bar, lovely staff and tasty food!


Thursday 7th July 2016

My wife and I were just passing The Kings Arms tonight and decided to stop for food. We had the mushroom and haggis starter, I had the New York burger and my wife had the stir fried chicken. The food was excellent, as was the beer and the service; we will certainly return. The only negative was the size of the portions - we couldn't eat it all! Brilliant!

Tony C.

Sunday 26th June 2016

Enjoyed a two night stay here in a comfortable double room with en suite bathroom. The owners and staff were friendly and welcoming, we came with bikes to explore the area and were able to lock them up in a secure outhouse overnight. Our breakfasts and meals in the bar and restaurant in the evening were very good indeed!

Kevin C.

Thursday 9th June 2016

We used this little pub as a stop over en route from The Midlands to Loch Lomand, and it was a great little find. 
We had our dog with us and this really wasn't a problem. We were allowed to take him in the bar, where we had a lovely evening meal, and a table was set up for us in the bar area for breakfast (dogs are not allowed in the restaurant/breakfast room, nor are they allowed in rooms unattended)
We were in room 7, which faces the road at the front of the property. It is such a quiet little village that there was hardly any traffic to disturb us, nor was there any noise from the downstairs bar. The village itself is very pretty. The room was very traditionally decorated, clean and comfortable. 
A hearty breakfast and friendly hosts make this the perfect place to visit.

Family J.

Wednesday 25th May 2016

We stayed one night here in room 8. Our room was spacious and quiet. Our hostess was very attentive to our needs. We ate dinner in the bar and enjoyed a good quality pub meal in a cosy and friendly environment and a hearty English breakfast the next morning.

Tom W.

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Just arrived home from a 2 night stay with our dog at this fabulous establishment, management and staff were top notch, food and drink were superb, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. We could not have asked for any more and would recommend to anyone.
Thanks for a lovely stay

Michael E.