Arragons Cycles is an independently owned & family run cycle shop which is proud to be a part of Penrith's landscape for over 50 years. We were voted Regional Winner for 'Britain's Best Bike Shop' in 2017, we were 'Highly Commended' in Best Small Shop Award in 2018 & 2019 and Finalist for 'Best Independent Store' in BikeBiz 2019. Our small yet well established and highly experienced team prides itself on offering the best customer service, backed up with premium bikes & accessories.
In July 2018, we began offering Cycle Hire from the beautiful surroundings of Lowther Castle. The venture coincided with the launch on the Lowther Estate of a network of dedicated cycling and walking trails enabling visitors, particularly families, to enjoy the beautiful terrain of the Lowther Estate in Cumbria. Last year, we added a small fleet to our Penrith store as well as into Pooley Bridge with hire from Hillcroft Park. For this year, we have bikes available to hire at The Quiet Site, also Pooley Bridge
Visitors are able to hire a range of bikes, from trail bikes (Scott Aspect) for junior riders, superlight mountain bikes (Saracen Mantra) to a selection of pedal assist electric bikes (Scott Aspect with Bosch Performance CX motor) ideal for anyone who cannot face the more uphill stretches of the Lake District. Our electric bikes are equipped with industry leading motors which are capable of covering in excess of 50 miles in one charge, so even if you're out of practice, you will be ahead of the pack!
Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.
Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old (and four-legged), Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy. And when all of you are ready for a rest, you can retreat to the café and have some delicious food, before taking to the gift shop and indulging in one last treat.
Lowther Castle & Gardens are open every day from 10am to 4pm in winter and 10am to 5pm in summer. For castle and garden entry fees, click here. Last entry to the gardens 1 hour before closing. Shop, café, courtyard and parking free.
Owned and operated by the Heath Family, the award-winning Hillcroft Park is set in the beautiful Ullswater Valley, and offers year-round holiday accommodation to suit every taste and pocket. Sitting above the pretty lakeside village of Pooley Bridge, we offer traditional camping, camping pods, luxury lodges and holiday homes plus two fully-equipped, year-round self-catering cottages.
At Hillcroft Park, life takes on a slower pace – a throw back to those carefree, childhood holidays. While you can connect to the world wide web during your stay with us, we’d encourage you to ditch the digital, disconnect and discover simpler pleasures like a walk up the fell, a dip in the lake followed by a family feast or a quiet pint and a breathtaking sunset to the sound of birdsong.
Arragons Cycle Centre is run by Phil & Sarah with the help of a dedicated team of Sales Staff and Cycle Technicians. The business has been in the family for 50 years, with Sarah's parents owning the shop previously. Because of this history, we have long standing great relations with our suppliers, who are the industries finest.
We are a Shimano Service Centre, with investment in tools & our mechanic team who are trained in the most up to date methods & technology. We are accredited service centre for Bosch, Fazua & Shimano Steps.
Our store manager Chris is trained to offer Precision Bike Fit, thanks to John Dennis of Physiohaus. With a dedicated Cycle Fit Studio, he has a wide ranging and growing portfolio of successful fits where customers report increased comfort & performance, as well as injury alleviation.
We've been honoured to collaborate with Lowther Castle & Gardens to launch Arragon's Cycle Hire and are proud to be associated with this amazing attraction, offering a selection of E-Bikes, all terrain bikes, some super light children's bikes & a number of Scoots to hire. With qualified Cycle Guides, we're now able to guide our customers with a selection of routes available when booked ahead.
As a family run independent business, our aim is to ensure our customers receive the best service possible, for any inquiry, every time!