Whether you're looking for a challenging ride or a fun family day out, there are lots of downloadable cycle route maps from the National Trust to inspire you to visit some of Britain's most stunning sites by bike.
From Beatrix Potter's house to Giant's Causeway and orchid filled fields, there is a National Trust-themed bike ride for all. Here are ten of the best varying in skill level and length, perfect for a bank holiday weekend's riding.
1. Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
A twelve mile round-trip route starting and ending in Portstewart, allows cyclists to visit the Giant's Causeway and marvel at the infamous basalt columns.
Cycle through Portrush and Bushmills and then follow the tourist train track to the Causeway. You'll need a ticket to get to the columns, this can be bought in advance online or upon arrival at the ticket centre.
Whilst there, be sure to ascend the Shepherd's Steps and hike across the cliff-top trail for the best view of the Causeway. On your way back to Portstewart take the inland cycle path to make it a circular route.
2. Edale Valley, Derbyshire
Cycle across the wild Pennine Moorlands taking in spectacular views of heather strewn fields, rolling hills and fabulous peaks along the 16 mile Edale Valley cycle route.
This is an challenging mountain biking trail starting and ending in Barber Booth car park. The trail passes by Jacob's Ladder and Edale Cross, continues along the River Sett and down the Pennine Brideway before ascending Rushup Edge and down into the Edale Valley. Many of the ascents are extremely steep -as are the descents- and the ground can be rough and rocky as it zig-zags around mountains and hills making for a tricky but rewarding ride.
3. Manifold Valley, Derbyshire
Following the route of the former Leek and Manifold Light Railway, the Manifold Valley bike trail covers eight and a half miles of fairly flat ground suitable for novice riders as well as the more experienced.
En route stop to take in Thor's Cave with its 18 metre high entrance and take a break in Wetton Mill Tea-Room. Wildlife lovers should keep an eye peeled for kingfishers playing by the river and ground nesting birds.
4. Claife Heights, Cumbria
Experience the picturesque views that inspired Beatrix Potter whilst cycling along the family friendly ten mile Claife Heights mountain bike route. The trail starts at the side of Lake Windermere and heads up into the woodland and along a track to Wray Castle and St Margaret's Church before looping back round to the lake.
Despite its length this route is fairly easy and can be completed by cyclists of all ages without too much previous experience.
5. Saltram House, Devon
An eight mile cycle along the Saltram House bike trail will take you from Plymouth Hoe to Saltram House. The trail follows the coastline for an enjoyably scenic ride before a short uphill stint to arrive at Saltram House in time for a well-deserved lunch or afternoon tea break.
You will pass by the Barbican Mayflower Steps and the Aquarium on your way both of which are worthy of a short stop, especially if you have children in tow.
6. Corfe Castle, Dorset
This seven and a half mile route along the Grange Arch cycle trail offers fabulous views of Corfe Castle. The trail is mainly off road and passes underneath the castle ruins and across flower-filled fields to 18th century folly Grange Arch. The folly is the halfway point of the trail and from here it is mostly downhill passing ponds, heathland and woodlands as you head back towards the castle car park.
7. Barrington Court, Somerset
Visit two historic houses, Barrington Court and Montacute House, as well as dozens of quaint English villages along the South Somerset cycle route starting at Barrington Court.
At twenty miles, it's a lengthy cycle but an easy one and suitable for all the family. Pack a picnic and enjoy it riverside whilst looking out for the otters that live in the River Parrett. Towards the end of the trail you can choose to veer off route and visit Treasurer's House rather than heading straight back to Barrington.
8. Box Hill, Surrey
Choose your own cycle route around Box Hill, an idyllic spot for a family bike ride on a sunny day. An old bridleway makes for a gentle and picturesque ride, especially in early summer when the orchids are in full bloom. For those after a slightly more demanding ride with a rewarding panoramic view, you can head up to the top of Box Hill by following the winding summit road.
9. Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
For a chance to spot red kites filling the sky, follow one of the good quality bike trails through the Gibside 600 acre estate. With views across the Derwent Valley, cyclists can roam through the manicured gardens, extravagant grounds, wildlife filled woodland and along the pretty riverside. Stop off for lunch at the Potting Shed Cafe or pick up a picnic lunch from the Gibside Larder Farm Shop.
10. Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Cycle around the northern most part of Sherwood Forest in Clumber Park. Bikes are available to hire there and the flat ground make it an enjoyable ride for all. Choose to pedal through Europe's largest lime tree avenue, discover exotic plants in the Pleasure Ground or get your binoculars out at the lake to spot some of the 200 species of bird that reside there. This route can be completed as a family day trip or incorporated into a longer ride to take in more of Nottinghamshire's beauty.
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