Cycling at Lanhydrock
Whatever your experience as a cyclist, there's bound to be a trail to suit at Lanhydrock. Enjoy the ride through woodland and choose from a range of flat or hillier routes. Download a copy of our map before you come.
The cycle hire is open 10-4, 5 days a week, Friday - Tuesday, closed on Wednesday's and Thursday's.
Note: We will be open every day through October half term, 23rd-31st October.
Pre-booking bikes is highly advised, especially through the holiday seasons. To book your bikes, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information;
- Preferred date and time of your ride,
- a contact telephone number,
- the heights of riders ages 11 & over,
- ages of all riders aged 10 & younger (and whether these individuals are riding bikes or if you would prefer tag-alongs/trailers)
When you collect your bikes, please arrive at your booking time and wait outside the cycle hire. If we're running a little late and the group ahead of you have not left yet, please remain at an appropriate distance.
We'll complete the fitment of bikes and helmets, introduction to the cycle trails and payment while outside the building.
Hire bikes need to be returned by 3.45pm on the day of hire.
For adults, we stock a fleet of Whyte 603 & 604 mountain bikes in a range of sizes from XS to XL. With front suspension, 18 gears and hydraulic disc brakes, these are a great entry-level mountain bike, capable of tackling all the trails at Lanhydrock.
Our children’s bikes are a range of Specialized Hotrock mountain bikes in 20” & 24” wheels, Frog bikes in 16” wheels and Specialized Hotwalk balance bikes.
No booking is necessary to use the cycle trails, but normal car parking charges apply (£1 for an hour, £5 all day or free for National Trust members).
Please note, we request that no walkers or dogs use the trails for safety reasons as they are designed for riding at speed. There are lots of dog-friendly walks around the estate available to download here.
A map of the cycle trails is downloadable here:
Green (easy) grade trail
Lodge trail - 2.5km (1 ½ miles) 15-30mins - This gentle ride takes you through a mix of English woodland and conifer trees on the Lanhydrock estate. for families and beginners the cycle trail is wide, well surfaced and has no challenging technical features. This trail is also suitable for trailers, tagalongs and disability bikes.
Skills area and balance bike track
This is the perfect place to start your off-road adventure at Lanhydrock. Practice your skills over rollers & jumps, banked corners and drops. These features have been designed to accurately portray the obstacles you’ll encounter on our Blue and Red graded trails. For those riding on smaller wheels, the balance bike track is a small loop with gentle bumps and corners, ideal for getting little ones used to riding on uneven terrain.
Blue (moderate) grade trails
Bazley's trail - 3km (2 miles) - Bazley’s trail is the first step into mountain biking, introducing gentle gradients, small rollers and banked corners. The trail features a shortcut and links with the Green trail, so you can dip in and out as you build your skills on uneven terrain.
Walter's trail - 1km (2/3 mile) - The first of the moderate blue trails, Walter’s Trail winds down and back up through the woods of the Walter’s Plantation. With switchback corners cascading riders across the hillside and some rollable jumps along the straights, it provides the stepping stone to Lanhydrock’s more technical trails.
Hart trail - 1.5km (1 mile) - The perfect transition between the Walter’s Trail and the Timber Trail, the next of the moderate blue trails – the Hart Trail – offers a mix of faster, flowing banked corners leading to a fast-paced section of linked turns before the finish.
Timber trail - 1.5km (1 mile) - Featuring more challenging corners, jumps and drops, the Timber Trail is Lanhydrock’s most technical trail. As the trail progresses, corners get tighter and gradients get steeper, providing a test for even the most competent of mountain bikers.
" ...these trails have to be some of the coolest in the country"
Red (difficult) grade trails
The Saw Pit - 500m (1/3 mile) 5 mins. The Saw Pit is a dual slalom race track, featuring tightly packed rollers, jumps and banked corners. The trail features two tracks running side by side downhill, giving you the opportunity to race friends and family. Who will be the champion of the Saw Pit?
" Just been to check out the new Lanhydrock cycle trails, super impressed, another great venue to get some miles in!"
You're sure to build up an appetite with all this exercise so pop into the friendly Park Café, which is situated near the car park, where you'll find a takeaway food, snacks and drinks.