Sunday was a lovely warm (almost) Autumn day and we headed to the beautiful Clumber Park, one of the National Trust’s most splendid places in Nottinghamshire.
We visited before in the Summer and loved joining in with the 50 things activities and exploring the play area but today was all about a family cycle ride exploring the park and surrounding countryside!
The cycle hire was really busy as everyone clearly had the same idea as us! We were quickly given a bike and a map of suggested routes and set off! The park had four main cycle routes which are all determined by numbered routes. We decided to do the easiest which is 5 miles and takes you around the Lake. There are also 7, 8 and 10 mile routes which would be good to try another time.
There were some stunning views along the way, which takes you along the Lakeside. We saw swans, signets, moorhens and ducks. We also passed through Hardwick Village, which was built in the 19th century to house the workers on the estate.
It took us about an hour to complete the 5 mile route which is largely flat and easy (we did do lots of stopping!). The boys loved going through the muddy puddles (actually, strike that, we all did!).
The café at Clumber Park is cosy and inviting and we tucked into Hot Roast Pork sandwiches, jacket potatoes and red pepper and parmesan tart with homemade coleslaw and salad. It was now about 3pm and they had sold out of cake so we headed over to the Food and Drink Festival.
The cooking demonstrations had finished but there was still lots of things to sample and we bought delicious brownies to have with a cuppa when we got home.
Another lovely day at a National Trust property!