Get on your bike at Wallington with low-cost cycle hire

The National Trust has partnered with British Cycling and HSBC UK to help more people get active outdoors through a new discounted cycle hire offer at Wallington.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 20:18 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th October 2018, 03:34 am
National Trust cycling officer Graham Clark cuts the ribbon for the Wallington cycle hire initiative, with guests from British Triathlon, Active Northumberland and Raring2go! magazine in the background.

The hire kit includes everything needed for a freewheeling expedition – helmets, trailers for towing youngsters and a range of adult and children’s bikes.

It will give more families the opportunity to explore the wider estate along the dedicated Dragon Cycle trail, built thanks to support from Sport England.

Bike hire will cost from £4 for a half-day hire. Optional add-ons are available at extra cost.

Gillian Mason, visitor experience manager at Wallington, said: “Whether you’re regular cyclists or newcomers to two wheels, the new scheme at Wallington offers the perfect opportunity for the whole family to let off steam and get fit outdoors in traffic-free and beautiful surroundings.

“We’ve got bike sizes to fit all, as well as accessories, tag alongs and balance bikes available to hire at very affordable prices.”

Experts are on hand to kit users out with everything they need and they will also be offering hints and tips.

Wallington is also working in partnership with Active Northumberland’s school sport programme to provide some opportunities for children to experience new and different activities in outdoor spaces.

Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is a fantastic initiative to get more families experiencing the great outdoors and the benefits that cycling has to offer.”

“Cycling is an activity that can suit all ages from pre-school to the young at heart – it’s also great for your physical and mental health and for the environment too,” she added.