Get active at our places with Sport England
Get active at one of our top places for sport and you’ll enjoy inspiring views and landscapes, bucket loads of fresh air and wildlife at every turn.
You can play games and get active at any of our places but 12 in particular have gone sport mad. With help from Sport England each one now has a packed programme of sporting events including Sky Ride Local events, parkruns and our new night time trail running series, Night Run.
They've also got games for children, equipment that you can use and loads of trails for you to follow on two feet, two wheel or even four legs. Whether you already love to exercise or are keen to give sport a go, you’ll feel refreshed and reinvigorated taking part in activities including cycling, canoeing and horse riding.
Where can I get involved?
Head to one of these top sporty places and try something new today.
Killerton has a network of circular walks, trails, bridleways and cycling tracks to be explored. You can also join the weekly Killerton parkrun on Saturday mornings and there are lots of active play opportunities for kids, orienteering trails and sporty challenges programmed throughout the year.
Tyntesfield, North Somerset
Tyntesfield is perfect for exploring. Why not try their orienteering trail? All you need to do is grab a map when you arrive and off you go. There’s also plenty of games to be played – just look out for the box of sports kit next to the house. For the extra adventurous head to near by Leigh Woods and have a go on the mountain bike trails.
Osterley has a wide range of sports on the front lawn in the summer, from table tennis to volleyball, mini football to badminton, all set against the backdrop of the 18th century house. You can also pace around the parkland on Osterley’s parkrun every Saturday morning.
Visit Osterley Park and House
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Attingham Park is the ideal outdoor gym with fitness courses in an inspirational setting and running groups taking advantage of the well-maintained paths. There’s also volleyball, table tennis, badminton, rounders, football and more in the Shoulder of Mutton play field.
Visit Attingham Park
Lake District, North-West England
An adventure playground for all ages, in the Lake District there are ways to get active at every turn. Walk, climb, run, canoe or swim in surroundings which have inspired Wainwright, Beatrix Potter and outdoor enthusiasts across the centuries.
Visit the Lake District
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Discover the views and landscapes of the Wimpole Estate on three cycle routes suited for all abilities, get the muscles going even more at the weekly parkrun or for something a bit different look out for their bowling green which is being refurbished.
Visit the Wimpole Estate
Longshaw and Eastern Moors, Derbyshire
Longshaw and the Eastern Moors have lots of trails perfect for cyclists, trail runners or horse riders. If you head over to nearby Froggatt Egde you’ll find one of the best rock climbing and bouldering spots in the entire Peak District.
Visit Longshaw and Eastern Moors
Lyme Park, Cheshire
Get active on two wheels or on horseback in the rugged and varied terrain of Lyme Park’s deer park. For fun on two feet try orienteering, join one of the jogging groups, challenge yourself to complete a parkrun or try out the marked running trails under your own steam.
Visit Lyme Park
Gibside, Tyne & Wear
At Gibside you can test your accuracy on the archery field, fish on one of the best wild trout rivers in the north east, ride a bike along a disused railway line, join regular runs (featuring warms ups with inspiring backdrops) or exercise with a buggy on pushchair-friendly routes.
Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire
Nostell has over 300 acres of parkland perfect for runners or cyclists. Follow the marked trails to pass through peaceful woodland, enjoy lakeside views and discover the Obelisk Lodge. Download our free family cycle trail, join one of our guided bike rides or visit our stables courtyard where you will find secure cycle racks and essential tools to borrow for any running repairs. We also offer a free cup of tea with any purchase in the stables tearooms for anyone arriving by bike.
Visit Nostell Priory and Parkland
Speke Hall, Liverpool
The Speke Hall grounds are interspersed with running routes suitable for beginners and regular runners alike and you can also explore the estate by bike. Look out for programmes of activities such as volleyball, archery and orienteering.
Visit Speke Hall
At Saltram you can peddle part of the coast-to-coast National Cycle Network Route 27, taking in the Plym Estuary. The route is mostly gentle and tarmacked and handily passes the Park Café. Saltram’s second cycle loop has an off-road section through a beautiful dell. Keep an eye out for the sports box which is full of equipment great for a kick about.
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