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A family cycling along a path in parkland at Nostell, Yorkshire
Bring your bike to try out the cycle trails at Nostell, Yorkshire | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Woodland cycle trails at Nostell

Test your skills on our bike trails, designed with families in mind. This figure-of-eight loop takes in woodland, lake views and the chance to spot wildlife.

Shared paths

This cycling loop connects two 1km bike-only routes but also includes paths shared with walkers, wheelchair users and buggies, so please take care.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Boathouse Bridge, grid ref SE407178

Step 1

Before setting off, take in the panoramic views across Nostell's Lower Lake – then head straight up the path into Obelisk Park. Please remember, this section is shared with other parkland users.

Step 2

Continue up the long straight path towards Obelisk Lodge. If you fancy a break, hop off halfway up to take in the wildflower meadows, a riot of colour in the summer months.

Step 3

You've arrived at Obelisk Lodge. This is the original entrance to Nostell's estate and you've just cycled along the route that would have brought guests to the house by horse and cart. Turn left here to try out the green cycling route: once you go through the gate, the path is for bikes only.

Step 4

Wind your way around sweeping bends under canopies of trees – and be aware that some of the chicanes are tighter than they look.

Step 5

This is a real test of your cycling skills. Steer your way down the zig-zag paths until you reach the bottom and head through the gates – that's the green trail completed. Turn left through a second gate and follow the path straight on.

Step 6

Continue past the lake on your right. When you reach the junction at the end of the path, turn left to head all the way back up to Obelisk Lodge.

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The lake at Nostell | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Step 7

When you reach Obelisk Lodge this time, turn right to try out the blue trail. Wheel under canopies of trees and wind your way around more sweeping bends.

Step 8

As you come round the bend here, get ready to head downhill on a sloping path.

Step 9

You've reached the end of the blue trail. If you've packed your sandwiches, take a well earned rest in the Hardwick Beck picnic area before following the path back to Boathouse bridge.

End point

Boathouse Bridge, grid ref SE407178

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the cycle trails at Nostell, Yorkshire
The cycle trails at Nostell, Yorkshire | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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