Reviews for A Lake District Grand Tour

For full reviews of A Lake District Grand Tour, click on the Lake District Grand Tour website but here is a selection:

Cumbria Life Magazine review of A Lake District Grand Tour, July 2013

“Relaxed and chatty with a ready wit, Mike Carden charts a nine-day bike ride around the Lake District with his 20-year-old son Richard. Starting out at Brockhole Visitor Centre and ending back at Bowness-on-Windermere, there are plenty of detours en route to fascinating places like Wray Castle and Castlerigg Stone Circle and digressions on everything from local wildlife and dialect poetry to meditations on rain, quarrying, the Lake Poets and Cumberland Sausage: something for every taste. His humorous observations are reminiscent of Stuart Maconie’s travelogues but covering a smaller area, and with added panting and pedalling.”

Cycletourer website review

‘Mike’s charming and easily readable style has you cycling alongside as he paints a wonderful picture of the differing landscapes of the Lake District in to which he weaves the history of the Lakeland fells and its surroundings.’

CYCLO.CO.UK – the web news digest for cyclists

“A Lake District Grand Tour is gentle and lyrical, but above all it is an open invitation to come and cycle by the shores of Ullswater, Grasmere, Wast Water, et al. And why wouldn’t you want to? Read the book – take the tour, Lakeland is waiting.”

The Cumbria Magazine, June 2013

‘You need a sense of humour to saddle up for a nine-day tour of every lake in the Lakes, every major town, every fearsome pass (including Hardknott and Wrynose on the final day) – a grand total of almost 400 miles of bottom-buffetting, thigh-pumping pedalling – and Carden has this in abundance as he rattles through the wildlife, the history, people and stories of the region he is passing through in the company of son Richard. And, of course, the cappuccinos and scones they needed en route to complete their epic.’


Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park Authority

‘This is one hell of way to see the Lake District National Park! A great description of the grandest of Lake District tours. Get pedalling!

The Keswick Reminder

“This is a very well written book with a chatty humorous style which prompts me to read his previous books where he pokes gentle fun at the English and the Scots.”

Lord Inglewood, President of The Friends of the Lake District.

‘An affectionate Grand Tour of the ups and downs of cycling the Lake District’.


Lake District in Books website

‘From “Dunmail’s ghostly warriors” above Grasmere to the elusive golden eagle over Haweswater, Mike Carden leads us around the Lakes, ever entertaining. I lost count of the wifely queries, “What are you laughing at?”.’ 

Hannah Reynolds, Fitness Editor, Cycling Weekly magazine

‘A book to inspire both the armchair adventurer and the hardened cyclist. Discover the Lakes through the humorous and insightful account of Mike Carden’s Grand Tour. It’s a route accessible to cyclists of all abilities, you can dip into sections or follow the full route. Whether from your armchair at home or reading it as a companion to your journey, you will learn all kinds of interesting trivia as Carden’s keen observations and propensity for chatting to strangers brings many Lakeland tales to life.’

Conserving Lakeland magazine and the Arrivée cycling magazine for long-distance cyclists