We recently checked out the new cycle trails in the grounds at Lanhydrock house which opened this spring. What a fantastic afternoon! I was blown away by how magic it was to be weaving my way through the canopies of ancient woodland. The quality of the tracks was really high, with each journey feeling well thought out with beautiful views all the way. The designers have done a great job of catering for all abilities of cycling as well, with an assortment of different coloured routes to choose from. The main green trails, which are the entry level tracks, would make for the ideal family bike ride, whereas the various blue routes which branch off give the more adventurous spirits a good option for a little more speed. Then there are the red routes, which provide for the more experienced riders or any adrenaline junkies out there!
You can bring your own bikes in which case the trail is free to use, or if you want to hire bikes for the day or half day there is a great new cycle hire centre at Lanydrock. There is a wonderful cafe to retire to after your exertions, serving up the wholesome lunches, cracking cakes, and cream teas which the National Trust do so well! And if after refueling you’re up for something a little different, there’s still the fairy-tale historic house to have a look around. Lanhdyrock house tells undoubtedly one of the finest preserved stories of life as it was a couple of hundred years ago that the country has to offer. All in all, I couldn’t recommend a visit highly enough- it was one of the most memorable adventures of 2014 so far!