Posted 10th July
With cycling holidays currently proving to be a very popular pick, Visit Heritage has shared some of the top spots for taking in some of the sights of the UK – they’re also guaranteed to provide a healthy dose of British heritage too
Best for cycling with a view - Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire
Dating back to the 13th century, Grimsthorpe Castle has an incredible series of State Rooms and galleries which house an impressive collection of tapestries, paintings and furniture. There's 3,000 acres of parkland to discover, which is ideal to do on two wheels. There's also a cycle trail leading to lakes, through gardens and ancient woodlands, while there's the option to ride along the track of Lord Willoughby d'Eresby's private railway, offering views of the castle as you pedal.
Best for family cycling trips - Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Clumber Park has over 3,800 acres of parkland, woods and heathland for visitors to enjoy. It was once the estate of the Duke of Newcastle, but the park is now looked after by the National Trust. It has its own cycle hire centre which makes it easy to find the ideal ride for the entire family, be it a trike, bike or tandem. There are also a series of cycle routes, ranging from five to 10 miles, for families to explore and there are plenty of sights to spot along the way, including glimpses of the estate's past life and a wide variety of wildlife.
Best for serious cyclists - Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire
Doddington Hall stands exactly where it did when it was first built in 1595 and remains a family home too. A state-of-the-art cycling store and cycle cage on site in partnership with Giant is perfect for test-riding bikes, hiring a ride and getting advice adventures on two wheels. It's also the ideal way to explore the extensive estate, with a mountain bike trail providing a challenge, while a new cycle path will connect through to Lincoln, allowing exploration of the city beyond.
Best for the ultimate weekend away - Broughton Hall, North Yorkshire
Standing as testament to the 900-year legacy of the Tempest family, the Broughton Hall estate is 3,000 miles of private parkland, farmland, woodland and moors. It can be privately hired, with the 16 en-suite bedrooms providing the ultimate destination for a weekend away with a group of cycling friends. There are several cycling routes through the estate just waiting to be discovered.
Best for a far-flung adventure - Floors Castle, Kelso
Currently home to the 10th Duchess of Roxburghe, Floors Castle is a true architectural masterpiece which overlooks the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. The castle and estate make a seriously impressive view, so make sure you soak up the State Rooms before you head outside to make the most of a new cycle trail for stunning Scottish landscapes. Be sure to watch out for oyster catchers and heron on the river or a family of otters on the banks - however, you don't want to miss the holly tree that marks the spot where King James II was killed when his canon backfired.