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We have superb leisure facilities in and around Carlisle

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Sport and Recreation

Carlisle City Council and their partners deliver high quality sport and physical activity programmes throughout the Carlisle district. We have superb leisure facilities in and around Carlisle providing activities for everyone at various levels of ability. Whether you join in for fun or you want to develop your skills further in a particular sport, we can help.

If you prefer the great outdoors, our walking programmes take place on various routes including parkland and woodland across Carlisle’s urban and rural district.

We also hold the annual Carlisle Sports Awards (see below) in partnership with Carlisle Sports Council.

Leisure facilities

Our leisure facilities at The Sands Centre, The Pools, Stony Holme Golf Course, Bitts Park Tennis and Recreation Area and the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium are managed by GLL, who work closely with us in providing high quality leisure services.


GLL is a non profit distributing organisation with charitable 'Trust' status which also operates a number of facilities in Carlisle which include The Sands Centre, 'The Pools', Stony Holme golf course and Sheepmount athletics stadium. Under the terms of the agreement with the Council, GLL is responsible for the management, operation and development of the leisure facilities.

One immediate benefit from the arrangement is the introduction of new membership initiatives which will allow customers to use Cockermouth Leisure Centre, Keswick Leisure Pool, Workington Leisure Centre & Pools as well as the facilities in Carlisle.



Carlisle is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.

Sky Ride Local events

We have an exciting new partnership with British Cycling to deliver free bike rides throughout Cumbria.

To view our full ride schedule please visit 

Ride Social campaign

Ride Social is Britain’s biggest social cycling community, helping you get together with like-minded cyclists and ride your way. The Ride Social website, powered by British Cycling, lets you  organise your own bike rides using your favourite routes. Share your ride for local cyclists to join and before you know it you have your own cycling group.

Cycling Clubs and Venues in Carlisle

The Border City Wheelers has been promoting cycling in Carlisle since 1925. The friendly club is welcoming to new members of all ages and abilities. They have an active membership of over 200 involved in most types of cycling, including road racing, time trialling, grass track racing, sportives, reliability rides and social riding.

The Eden Valley Cumbria Group of the CTC organises rides every Wednesday and Sunday. These are largely on scenic routes and quiet lanes, varying in length and pace. Normal rides are 50 to 70 miles in the summer (plus an annual 100 miler), less in winter. Most rides have designated breaks at cafés, allowing cyclists to ride directly there, to shorten or lengthen their day.

The Watchtree Wheelers Cycle Centre opened in July 2009 and is based at Watchtree Nature Reserve, between Wigton and Carlisle. The centre provides adapted cycles for all abilities, as well as high quality instruction and guidance, including learning to ride, improving riding skills, and selecting the right bike for your needs.

Cycle Carlisle aim to make cycling in Carlisle, safe, convenient and popular. To encourage people to use cycling as part of their normal daily transport and turn Carlisle into a progressive cycle-friendly city.

Map of Sports Facilities

This A to Z of services list provides links to service pages alphabetically