Sports and activities

Families riding their bikes at Nostell Priory 

Families riding their bikes at Nostell Priory

Here at Nostell we have plenty of things to see and do with a whole range of activities running throughout the year. As part of the National Trust’s joint partnership with Sport England we’re developing new opportunities for you to try different sporting activities within our grounds. So whether you fancy a gentle jog around the parkland or a splash on the lake come and find out what exciting activities Nostell has to offer.
To find out more about any of these activities please contact Mark Hible on 01924 866839 or by email.

Trails and maps

  • Family cycle trail

    Explore the parkland and wider estate by bike and enjoy our family cycle trail.

  • Obelisk Walk

    Discover the eyecatching Obelisk Lodge on this beautiful walk in the Parkland.

Activities at Nostell


Walkers in the woodlands at Nostell Priory  © National Trust

With rolling countryside, woods and tracks, Nostell Parkland is an ideal place to bring the family for a walk in the fresh air. Grab a map and follow our marked trails to explore for yourself, or join one of our many guided walks if you prefer to walk in company.


Running group © Gareth Wilson

With over 300 acres of parkland to explore the Nostell estate is the perfect place for a gentle jog or longer run. Follow our marked trails to pass through peaceful woodland, enjoy lakeside views and discover the Obelisk Lodge. Join our regular running group in Spring or take part in a charity event.


Cyclist at Nostell © Classlane Media

Cycling is an excellent way to explore the Nostell parkland and local countryside. 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 in the stables tearooms to anyone arriving by bike!


Family Canoeing with the National Trust  © National Trust

An exciting opportunity to get up close to the wildlife and explore Nostell using paddle power. Back by popular demand, look out for canoeing sessions on the Middle Lake.


Join the digital treasure hunt © John Millar

Joint the digital treasure hunt and find the caches at Nostell. Not tried it before? Don't have a GPS unit? Then join one of our organised events, borrow a Garmin handset and try out our taster caches.


Family orienteering © David Levenson

‘Explore the park, find the markers, complete the challenge, have fun together’.
Xplorer is a fun family challenge combining a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making. Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour depending on the course.
Pick up a map from reception and get hunting!

Den building

Having fun den building © National Trust/Julie Tucker

Build your own secret hideaway and tick off one of those '50 things', build a den in Joiner's Wood. Simply have a go or join one of our organised events.