Shortly after arriving in Kendal, we set out to “hire cycles” in Brit-speak so we could extend our range beyond walking distance. The nearest cycle hire was 10 miles away in Windermere and we went to hop a train for the 15 min. ride, whereupon we learned that the train which runs every hour was canceled indefinitely. Two local women explained the situation to us, called a taxi and allowed us to share a ride.
The Cycle Hire was immediately adjacent to the train station—a lesson for transit options everywhere—and we were soon mounted on perfectly-tuned Marin hybrids heading back to Kendal. A “cycle path” picked up 400 m
outside the station and took us 4 mi. to where we could roll onto small backroads. Thank goodness, because car traffic on A591 from Windemere to Kendal was intense with little patience for bikes.
The last 6 miles on quaint country roads made our day. It’s why we love to get on a bike!