The bank holiday weekend is slowly creeping up on us.

Why not plan ahead what you'll be doing to beat the mad rush at the weekend thinking of where to go and what to do.

Have you thought about getting the family together and going on a bike ride?

We've got so many amazing places to visit in Cumbria, some of which are perfect for cycling too.

We've taken a look at some of the best places to go cycling in the Lake District to help you decide what to do this bank holiday.

Keswick to Mungrisdale along the Cost 2 Coast

Keswick is on the Coast to Coast cycle route 71. This is a great long distance cycle challenge which will take you from the Western coast of Cumbria to the North East coast of Northumbria.

The exit from Keswick is on a railway path, part of the old Cockermouth–Keswick–Penrith line – one of Beeching’s most unforgivable closures. The route then ducks onto a cyclepath alongside the A66.

The hill in Newton Reigny has a speed readout sign that triggers for bikes as well as cars.

Keswick to Threlkeld

A popular section of the C2C cycle is the family-friendly route that takes you from Keswick to the village of Threlkeld.

Some of the path is still closed after severe flood damage, but work is ongoing to open the full path again.

For all information on where the path is closed, click here.

Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter Forest is home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District.

Cyclewise Whinlatter Bike Hire and shop is based here and is the perfect location from which to enjoy the amazing graded mountain bike trails situated amidst the beautiful forest setting.

Coledale valley from Braithwaite to Force Crag Mine

A good off-road route is the track that gradually climbs the Coledale valley from Braithwaite to Force Crag Mine, an abandoned metal ore mine beside the waterfall that gives it its name.

The route goes through a gate and rises at a gradient of around 1:10 for 200 metres. It has a well-drained and smooth surface. Go through another gate and the mountain views really open up with Outerside, Eel Crag and Grisedale Pike dominating. Don’t forget to look back to see Braithwaite village nestling below. Skiddaw, Blencathra and the northern end of the Helvellyn ridge form a stunning backdrop.