Cycling in Northamptonshire
With many cycle routes offering stunning views of Northamptonshire’s famous landmarks cycling can be a great way to explore and keep active while you’re away on holiday. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you cycle hire is available at a range of shops across Northamptonshire providing a range of bikes to hire from kids bikes to trial and mountain bikes also providing helmets, tools and maps to help rookie cyclists in the region. In addition many cycle shops offer coaching, training courses and guided tours for the inexperienced cyclists who still want to enjoy riding in Northamptonshire.
There are a range of great cycle routes, here are some ones that we recommend trying in Northamptonshire. Firstly Brixworth Country Park The route visits the pretty villages surrounding the reservoir including Brixworth, Walgrave and Scaldwell. Cycle hire is available at the western end of the park and there is also a cafe for refreshments. Secondly Fermyn Woods has a number of cycling trails formerly known as Brigstock Country Park, it is located a few miles north east of Kettering. For cyclists there are three way marked trails to enjoy: The Skylark Nature trail is an all abilities trail on good surfaced paths. It takes you around the ponds and woods located next to the car park. The Woodland trail is about a mile long and takes you a little further into the woods on good footpaths. The Fermyn Forest trail is just over two miles taking you deep into the woodland on a mixture of hard and soft tracks. Lastly Stanwick Lakes lets you explore 750 acres of parkland and nature reserve in the heart of Northamptonshire's beautiful Nene Valley. The park has a lovely cycle and walking track passing between the many lakes.
We recommend using Sustrans National Cycle Network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables the user access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK. Click here for a range of pubs with rooms catering for cycling holidays.
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