Staying Healthy: Best National Trust Cycle Routes

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Best National Trust Cycling

This post was originally published pre-lockdown. We thought now might be a good time to republish it. While many of the national trust spaces are now open it’s always best to check before travelling. It’s also worth noting that if you’re not a National Trust member Parking or Entry fees may now apply. We hope you enjoy and stay safe…

Looking for a break from all the doom and gloom?! There’s no denying we’re all going through difficult times. Social distancing and the constant barrage of news updates are sure to have an impact on our mental health. Yet, from every tough situation though you can be sure that some good and uplifting news isn’t too far away. 

That’s why we are so happy to hear that the National Trust is keeping many of its parks and gardens open and making them free to enter. With their large areas, these should be the perfect places to enjoy some fresh air whilst maintaining a safe distance from others. 

Staying at home for long periods of time is also likely to take a toll on our physical health too, which is why even some of the regions in lockdown, like California, are still allowing people to go out for exercise as long as safety distances are kept. Exercise is an extremely important way to improve physical and mental health, especially during difficult times, which is why we strongly believe it should still be encouraged if it can be done safely.

With this in mind, we bring you some of the best National Trust cycling routes so that you can enjoy the fresh air and keep fit on your e-bike while staying away from busy areas. As everything is changing so fast, please check that your destination is still open before you leave. Even though open spaces are likely safer than indoors in terms of infection, remember to keep a safety distance of at least 6 feet from other people. At the time of writing, there are no mandatory movement limitations but government advice is evolving quickly so please check for possible restrictions in your area. Most restaurants, visitor centres, shops and cafes will be closed, so be sure to bring refreshments and any snacks you may need to keep your energy levels up.


Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire



Key Features: Amazing carpet of bluebells in Spring, 5000 acres to explore.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate

Phone: 01442 851227

Location: Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT


Culzean Castle & Country Park, Scotland



Key Features: Wide range of scenery – woods, beaches, parkland, swan pond, deer park, and cliffs across 260ha estate.

Website: www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/culzean

Phone: 01655 884455

Location: Culzean Castle, Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE


Wallington, Northumberland



Key Features: 3-mile, easy Dragon cycle trail, 13,000-acre estate.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

Cycle Trail: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington/trails/dragon-cycle-trail-

Phone: 01670773600

Location: Cambo, near Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR


Penrose Estate, Cornwall


Key Features: Loe Pool, the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrose

Cycle Trail: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrose/features/new-cycling-at-penrose

Phone: 01326554082

Location: Penrose, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0RD


Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Wales



Key Features: Amazing views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle

Phone: 01248353084

Location: Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4HT


Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak, Derbyshire



Key Features: 18-mile cycle route, suitable for families, where you can experience the wild Pennine moorlands.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinder-edale-and-the-dark-peak

Cycle Trail: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinder-edale-and-the-dark-peak/trails/dark-peak-three-reservoirs-cycle-trail

Phone: 01433670368

Location: Fairholmes Car Park, Derwent Ln, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0AQ


Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire



Key Features: Spectacular wildlife in one of Europe’s most important wetlands.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve  

Cycle Trail: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve/trails/the-lodes-way

Phone: 01353720274

Location: Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, Lode Ln, Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP

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