Cycling in Newark and Sherwood
Cycling is an excellent way to get fit and have fun. It gets you outside in the fresh air and can be enjoyed with friends and family. Dust down your bike or hire a Brompton and get exploring our beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside on two wheels.
Tour of Britain 2023
Nottinghamshire welcomed back the Tour of Britain on Wednesday 6 September 2023.
Stage 4 of the race started in Edwinstowe and finished in Newark, passing though many of the towns and villages within the district.
Find out more on our Tour of Britain page.
Local bike rides
Bilsthorpe leisure trail
This 7 kilometre flat route was created from a derelict mineral railway line. It links Vicar Water Country Park at Clipstone with Sherwood Pines and Bilsthorpe.
The route connects into the county's wider leisure network, providing an onward connection via National cycle network route 6 to Worksop at the northern end, and to the Southwell Trail, which ends at Bilsthorpe.
You’ll find more than 20 miles of cycle routes at this National Trust property around the lake or through the woodland. Find out more and download cycle routes for Clumber park from the National Trust website.
At Sherwood Pines near Clipstone you’ll find woodland paths as well as all levels of mountain bike tracks. You can take your own bikes or hire them on site. Check out the Sherwood Pines cycling club website for more information on rides and events.
If cycling isn’t your thing, Sherwood Pines is perfect for a day of outdoor adventure with walking trails, adventure play parks, parkland and picnic areas, Go Ape and a brilliant café for refuelling.
Southwell trail is a 7.5 mile flat route built on the former railway line of the Midland Railway. It stretches from Southwell to Bilsthorpe, passing the villages of Farnsfield, Kirklington and Maythorne. You can walk, cycle or horse ride along the wildlife-rich trail and there are a number of free car parks to allow access.
Sustrans national cycle network
There are many opportunities to get off the beaten track and discover the ancient oaks and abundance of wildlife in the forest with the walking and biking trails at Thoresby Park. Electric bike hire is available here - find out more on the Eco Voltz bike hire Facebook page.
Vicar Water country park
Vicar Water country park has been created from the 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’s access to the National cycle network.
Other trails and parks
- Rushcliffe county park has a trials bike track
- Bestwood country park is great for cycling
- Greenwood community forest offers various cycle routes suitable for all the family
- Newark to Harby Sustrans cycle route (PDF File, 473kb) - download a printable map of this 15-mile route through the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire countryside
- Newark to Cotham cycle route - discover this traffic-free route from Newark Northgate station to the village of Cotham
- The national byways - find out more about the national byways scheme which passes through the district
Get into cycling
Caught the cycling bug and want to get more serious? The British cycling website features advice on how to get into different area of cycling like track, mountain biking, cycle cross, road racing and even commuting. It's also free to sign up for their newsletter, The Inside Track.
Family riders should check out the British cycling Let's ride website.
If you want to find out more about British Cycling in your area, then visit the British cycling East Midlands website.
Brompton bike hire
The dock at every location holds 8 Brompton folding bicycles and residents can book out the bikes via the Brompton bike hire app available on the Apple and Google store. Once downloaded, residents need to create an account and have their ID at the ready. Bikes are 24 hour hire as standard and you can hang on to it for as long as you like. The Brompton Customer Service team may check in with you to make sure everything is going smoothly after 30 days.
When you're finished with the bike, residents can simply drop the bike off at the docks. Bikes are simple to unfold and can be placed easily on trains and in offices, even under desks.
Brompton want to make cycling as easy and as accessible to as many people as possible. That’s why 24 hours of hire costs just £5.
The standard helpline if you're having issues with hiring a Brompton bike is 0204 538 3225. The helpline is open 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday.
Lots of Bike Hire members use hire as a thorough test ride. And that's because hire fees can be redeemed against the purchase of your very own Brompton - up to £150 for a regular bike and £250 for Electric.
For more information, please go to the Brompton hire bike website.