Get active at our places
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 13 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 wheels 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.
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.
Clumber is a perfect place to get active. There are miles of routes for walking, cycling, running and orienteering. An on-site bike hire and sales centre offers a range of bikes suitable for all ages and abilities.
Clumber parkrun takes place every Saturday morning and the estate also hosts Clumber Park Cricket Club, with its beautiful grade 1 listed pavilion. The vast open spaces are perfect to play informal games, and sports activities are organised throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire
Nostell has over 300 acres of parkland perfect for runners and cyclists. Follow the marked trails to pass through peaceful woodland, enjoy lakeside views and discover the Obelisk Lodge.
Download the free family cycle trail, go on a guided bike ride or visit the stables courtyard where you'll find secure cycle racks and essential tools to borrow for any running repairs. A free cup of tea is offered with any purchase in the stables tearooms to anyone arriving by bike.
For those happier on two feet than two wheels, join in the weekly parkrun, health walks and beginner’s running group or the regular buggy walks and themed parkland walks. Visit during school holidays on Active Wednesday to get stuck in to a range of self-led sporty fun.
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.
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. There are also monthly led cycle rides as well as women-only Breeze rides weekly between April and October.
If you prefer two feet to two wheels you can follow one of the marked running routes, which take in the best view points on the estate. If you’re not a seasoned runner there are running groups for beginners, or if you fancy a challenge there are various organised events throughout the year.
Other activities include orienteering, with five trails, including a picture trail for children, taking you to hidden parts of the estate you may not have visited before. Saltram has its own bit of coastline, so there are water sports activities on offer too, including paddleboarding and canoeing. Keep an eye out for the sports box which is full of equipment for you to have fun with.
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 at your own pace. Keep an eye out for the sport box every Wednesday, which is full of sports equipment for you to use.
If you’re looking for something organised then take a look at the Sporty Speke programme for the opportunity to try out archery and orienteering, as well as take part in cycle rides and running sessions.
New for 2015 is Game On, a community sport event where you can take part in fun races as well as golf, taekwondo and climbing taster sessions, to name a few. All activities are suitable for beginners.
Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods, North Somerset
Let your running shoes on and enjoy the tracks and trails of Victorian Tyntesfield or the beauty and tranquillity of Leigh Woods. Start your weekend off with a Feel Good Friday group run at Tyntesfield or head out for a self-led run on the 3-2-1 routes and other paths around Leigh Woods. The whole family can also get involved with mountain bike trails or orienteering at Leigh Woods. Download the cycle trail and the orienteering map from the links underneath this article.
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Discover the views and landscapes of the Wimpole Estate on three cycle routes suited to 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.
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