What better way to take in the idyllic scenery on display than by cycling in Nottinghamshire. There’s a host of cycle trails through the rolling hills, picturesque market towns and along historic sites such as Sherwood Forest, Wollaton Hall and Creswell Crags. With Nottinghamshire being one of the more scarcely populated regions of the UK, the cycle routes, country lanes and bridleways will be tranquil and ready to explore.
With many cycle trails offering breathtaking views, cycling in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding towns cycling is a great way to explore. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you, cycle hire is available at Clumber Park and Sherwood Pines. Here they provide 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. If you prefer to get the adrenaline pumping and want to try mountain biking, there’s a range of routes from the beginner to the experienced rider.
The Ancient Sherwood Route and the Adventure Pine Route are both approximately 20 miles long. The route is designed to take a day when incorporated with planned stop offs for refreshments, activities and enjoying the attractions. There are three road crossing points en-route and a further two within Clumber Park.
Of course if you would rather keep the bike firmly planted on the ground, Nottinghamshire’s many winding country lanes, quaint villages and towns have a great network of roads connecting them all together, meaning you’re never far away from the next great attraction or beauty spot to admire. If you’ve explored Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park already, then just a stone’s throw away is Edwinstowe, teeming with shops, cafes and restaurants and in the heart of the countryside. It’s the perfect stop off point to rest the legs and take in one of the county’s most picturesque locations.
For more information on what there is to explore, be sure to have a look at our Things to Do in Nottinghamshire guide.