Five brilliant reasons to bring your bike

Pedalling through the woods at Wallington

Dust off the bike rack and discover the Dragon Cycle Trail at Wallington. Here are just five brilliant reasons to enjoy pedal power next time you visit.

1) Get close to wildlife

The cycle trail brings you closer to nature, and since cycling is quicker and quieter than walking there’s a good chance you might spot wildlife during your ride. Roe deer, hares and red squirrels have all been sighted out on the trail.

Watch out for the barn owl house as you weave your way between the ancient trees at Upper Huntley.

2) Great for all ages

The Dragon Cycle Trail is suitable for families and riders of all abilities so everyone can enjoy the fresh air and freedom exploring on two wheels.

If you’ve not been on a bike for a while or are looking for a safe, traffic free spot for taking the stabilisers off, the Green Trail is the perfect introduction. Once you’ve built your confidence, challenge yourself to exploring the longer Blue Trail.

3) Peace of mind

When you head out on the cycle trail you can really experience the peacefulness and beauty of Northumberland.

Pedalling through the countryside is undoubtedly good for the soul and, knowing that, just by visiting Wallington you're helping to look after this special place should give you a sense of welbeing too.

4) Find your new favourite spot

The Dragon cycle trail allows access to parts of Wallington you won’t have seen before: climb up Broomhouse Farm’s fields and see how far you can see across Northumberland, take a rest at the pretty picnic spot before whizzing down through woodland filled with ancient trees to the new Dragon Kiosk where you can enjoy ‘guilt-free’ coffees and ice creams.

5) It's healthy and fun

Cyling is an activity that the whole family can enjoy.  Take the opportunity to get active and out and about together, appreciating the fresh air and freedom of exercising on two wheels.  Challenge each other to see who can climb Coombe Hill the fastest - great for competitive mums and dads.