The National Trust is launching a series of new “cycle challenges” around Britain this year, all of which will start & finish at their properties.
Cycle challenges translates as cycling events through the countryside, presumably using a lot of National Trust land, which will be marshalled by professional events organisers.
The cycle routes are intended to get people out and about, and of course to visit at least 2 National Trust properties with a whole series of cycle routes planned from short distance rides to 100 mile cycle slogs.
The cycle challenge event will be taking place at:
- 1 May – National Trust Pembrokeshire Challenge Ride at Stackpole in Wales
- 19 June – Fathers Day Ride at Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire
- 3 July – National Trust White Peak Challenge Ride – Illam, Peak District (TBC)
- 3 July – Kingston Lacy in Dorset
- 24 July – Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire
- 11 Sept – Wimpole in Cambridgeshire
- 2 October – Dartmoor Atlantic Challenge at the Parke Estate in Devon
- 9 October – Sizergh Castle in the Lake District
Alongside this, the National Trust is planning a Cycling Festival to take place in various locations 16th to 24th July 2011 from Fountain’s Abbey in Yorkshire to Scotney Castle in Kent, and 23 others in between.
For more details, see the National Trust cycling pages