Update: At present, the National Trust have now closed many of their parks and grounds. We hope you still enjoy the read and maybe use it for inspiration when they re-open.
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.
Phone: 01442 851227
Culzean Castle & Country Park, Scotland
Key Features: Wide range of scenery – woods, beaches, parkland, swan pond, deer park, and cliffs across 260ha estate.
Phone: 01655 884455
Key Features: 3-mile, easy Dragon cycle trail, 13,000-acre estate.
Penrose Estate, Cornwall
Key Features: Loe Pool, the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall.
Location: Penrose, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0RD
Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Wales
Key Features: Amazing views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.
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.
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
Key Features: Spectacular wildlife in one of Europe’s most important wetlands.
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