Some of the finest historic houses, gardens, coast and countryside owned by the National Trust is just a short distance from the National Cycle Network. From Europe’s largest stone circle at Avebury in Wiltshire, to the beautiful gardens of Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. It pays to get on your bike as many properties offer discounts on admission or a cup of tea to those arriving by pedal power.
Jo Burgon, Head of Access and Recreation at the National Trust, says, “Cycling is one of the best ways to get a feel for the sights and sounds of the Great Outdoors. It’s also a great way to gently get into shape for the summer. With more than 100 National Trust properties near to the National Cycle Network there is plenty of choice when planning a day out on two wheels.”
More than 110 National Trust properties are within 1-mile of the National Cycle Network, including: Knightshayes Court in Devon, Scotney Castle Garden in Kent, Powis Garden in Powys, Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, Orford Ness in Suffolk, Crom Estate in Co. Fermanagh and Wordsworth House in Cumbria. Individual property pages on the Trust website have direct links to the National Cycle Network website detailing local cycle routes. More information is also available at Sustrans
Web downloadable cycle rides
We are developing a series of simple trail sheets that give ideas for great cycle rides around National Trust countryside, highlighting things to look out for and a map to help you on the way. These can be downloaded from our website, printed out and taken to use on a day out. So far there are five on offer, from an easy ride around Blickling estate in Norfolk, to a more energetic mountain biking route through the Yorkshire Dales at Malham Tarn. Take a look at The National Trust
Here is a pick of the fantastic places to visit close to National Cycle Network routes:
· Aberdulais Falls in the Neath Valley in South Wales can be found on NCN route 47. For over 400 years these famous waterfalls on the river Dulais have provided energy to drive the wheels of industry.
· Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire is just over one mile from NCN route 51. Visitors to this Jacobean House with lovely extensive gardens will receive a discount on admission when arriving by bike. For further information contact: 01223 810080.
· Avebury in Wiltshire is near to NCN route 4 and 45, for great cycling through the rolling countryside of the Wiltshire Downs. There is a reduced admission price for cyclists to the museum at this world famous prehistoric site. For further information contact: 01672 539250.
· Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire is near to NCN route 65. This 18th century mansion with an interesting collection of paintings from the National Portrait Gallery is well worth a visit and cyclists receive a discount on entry. For further information contact: 01904 472027.
· Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire has links to NCN route 6 and offers an extensive network of cycle paths through its parkland and peaceful woods. It also offers bike hire and a cycle orienteering trail. For further information contact: 01909 476592.
· Dunham Massey in Cheshire is one mile from NCN route 62. A grand country estate with impressive mansion, gardens and deer park to explore with a reduction for cyclists
· Greys Court in Oxfordshire is situated on the Oxfordshire Cycleway. Get a complimentary cup of tea when you arrive at this intriguing Tudor house with a tranquil walled garden. For further information contact: 01494 755564.
· Lanhydrock in Cornwall is next to NCN route 3. It’s a fascinating Victorian country house with woods and parkland running down to the river Fowey. There’s also a discount on admission for visitors arriving by bike. For further information contact: 01208 265950.
· Sizergh Castle and Garden in Cumbria is one and half miles from NCN route 6. A medieval house surrounded by lovely gardens and an estate with dramatic views across the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. Visitors receive a reduced admission when arriving by cycle. For further information contact: 015395 60951.
· Sunnycroft in Shropshire is one mile from NCN route 81. A Victorian gentleman’s suburban villa with a ‘mini-estate’ in its grounds. If you arrive by bike you‘ll get a discount on the entry fee. For further information contact: 01952 242884.
· The Vyne in Hampshire is just one mile from NCN route 23. It’s was a great Tudor ‘power house’ overlooking a pretty garden and ornamental lake. Visitors arriving by bike get a discount on entry. For further information contact: 01256 883858.
For even more suggestions for the best places to visit by bike, take a look at Car Free Days Out or call 0870 458. 4000. The National Trust handbook and website provide information on how to get to all properties by foot, by bike and by public transport. Our website also links through to the Sustrans website, giving cyclists a map showing local cycle routes around each property.