It’s the third bank holiday of the year and the first of two this month (we love May!) How are you going to spend them? Housework? Boring. Sleeping? Waste.
We think spring bank holidays are all about getting out and enjoying the good (fingers crossed!) weather. You’ll either be grabbing a waterproof or a t-shirt and as long as you’re dressed appropriately, there’s nothing better than getting some fresh air in your lungs on a bike ride.
To help you, we’ve put together a list of our favourite bike rides around Nottingham. So have a read, grab your bike and take in the sights!
Bestwood Country Park
If cycling around royal residences is your thing then this route is for you! Idyllically situated in Bestwood Country Park’s beautiful grounds, you’ll find Bestwood Lodge Hotel, which was once home to King Edward III.
Bestwood Country Park offers 650 acres of luscious green space, just waiting to be explored. You can follow the peaceful waterside route whilst observing the migrating birds around the park’s Mill Lakes. Moreover, to enhance this stunning space, there are wildflower meadows and serene forest trails through the ancient oak woodland. Why don’t you make a day of it with the family and stop off at the hotel for a late lunch before heading home?
City Centre Route
There is no day like the present to act like a tourist and see all the iconic landmarks us Nottingham residents take for granted! And in our opinion, there is no better way to see them than by bike. You could start off at the Nottingham Tourism Centre and work your way through the city. Conveniently, you can also hire a bike here for just £4 per day.
You can ride through the picturesque arboretum, visit Wollaton Hall to take a picture in front of Batman’s house, cruise along River Trent whilst pit stopping at a few pubs AND take in the sights of the world-renowned cricket club. These are just to name a few!
NOTE: This route involves road riding.
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Sherwood Pines Mountain Bike Cycle Trails
Enjoyable for kids, intermediates and experts, there is a route to suit all! Pick one of Sherwood Pine’s routes to explore their 3000+ acre forest:
- Family Cycle Trail (3 miles)
The perfect taster route to see what the forest has to offer, combining both quiet forest roads with off road trails! Take along the children and look out for the vast array of wildlife along the way.
- Adventure Trail (6 miles)
The adventure trail starts and finishes on the family cycle route but also provides the chance for bikers to be a little more adventurous (as the name suggests). It’s a great place to safely develop your skills and test fitness your levels. This route is suitable for mountain bikes only as it is unsurfaced and may be quite a rough ride in places!
- Kitchener’s Trail (8 miles)
This fast-paced, unsurfaced trail loops around the forest constructing both a mentally and physically exhilarating ride. The trail does require a high level of skill and fitness but if you think you’re up to scratch, it’s definitely worth it!
The Woodborough Rounds
There are two ways you can tackle this rewarding route – bridleway or the smooth all-road version. This area is notorious for its hills but the views from the top make the climbs 100% worth it, and of course, what goes up must come down!
You can start from either Lambley or Dorket Head, both passing through the village of Calverton. Slightly off the route is Brookfield’s Garden Centre – a great place to re-fuel with a fresh sandwich and a coffee, or if you fancy something cold, the Traveller’s Rest pub sits conveniently along this course.
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So whether we get rain, snow or shine, make the most of the bank holidays and try something different! Each route has something diverse to offer and we’re sure you’ll find one (or four) that you love!