Cycling is an excellent way to get fit and have fun.
Find local rides
Nottinghamshire offers great opportunities for cycling. Here's a few ideas but there are many more places to enjoy the great outdoors if you explore on two wheels.
Bilsthorpe Leisure Trail
A 7km leisure route linking Vicar Water Country Park at Clipstone, with Sherwood Pines and Bilsthorpe. The route connects into the County's wider leisure network. It provides an onward connection via National Cycle Network Route 6 to Worksop at the northern end, and to the Southwell Trail, which ends at Bilsthorpe.
The route, created from a derelict mineral railway line, increases the number of safe crossing points on the A614 north for walkers, cyclists and horse riders – improving access to tourist attractions such as Sherwood Pines and Vicar Water Country Park.
In Clumber Park, a local National Trust property, there are more than 20 miles of cycle routes around the lake or through the woodland. Clumber park also hosts many Cycleabout events throughout the year.
Sherwood Pines near Clipstone has woodland paths as well as all levels of mountain bike tracks.
Sherwood Pines is perfect for a day of outdoor adventure and in additional to cycling offers walking trails, adventure play parks, parkland and picnic areas, Go Ape and a brilliant café for refuelling.
You can take your own bikes or hire them on site from the friendly team in the shop.
Southwell trail is 7.5 miles and built on the former railway line of the Midland Railway. It stretches from Southwell to Bilsthorpe and passes the villages of Farnsfield, Kirklington and Maythorne.
You can walk, cycle or horse ride along the trail and there are a number of free car parks to allow access
It's a very important route for wildlife, providing a habitat corridor through the Nottinghamshire landscape.
Sustrans National Cycle Network
Route 6, which is part of the National Cycle Network, runs through Nottinghamshire, from Nottingham to Worksop or Derby. Route 64 goes from Bingham to Lincoln and route 15 from Bingham to Grantham.
Thoresby offers many walking and biking trails and there's the opportunities to get off the beaten track discover the ancient oaks and abundance of wildlife in the forest. Eco Voltz bike hire available.
Vicar Water Country Park
Vicar Water is a country park created on former Clipstone Colliery site. The park offers lakes, wildlife, walking and cycling trails, spectacular views from the top of the hill and a visitor centre and cafe.
Cyclists can use various dedicated bridleways and there is access to the National Cycle Network.
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Other trails and parks
Get into cycling
The British Cycling website has some new ‘How to get into’ pages for anyone who has caught the cycling bug and wants to get more serious.
For family riders visit lets ride
Local cycling clubs and groups