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New cycle scheme at National Trust Ickworth near Bury St Edmunds sees 160 bikes hired out in first week

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Over 160 bikes were hired out by visitors during the first week of a new scheme at Ickworth.

The offer, developed in partnership with Sport England, allows visitors who might now have their own bikes to roam the estate and cycle the nine kilometre route through the beautiful parkland.

During the first week of the scheme, over 160 bikes were hired out, with 55 people people saying it was their first time back on the saddle in over a year.

Over 160 bikes were hired out during the first week of the scheme. Picture: Mecha Morton
Over 160 bikes were hired out during the first week of the scheme. Picture: Mecha Morton

Aimee Monk, Visitor Operations & Experience Manager at Ickworth said: "We're excited to open our new cycle hire offer at Ickworth, and it’s been great seeing visitors exploring the wider estate, getting closer to nature and enjoying the peace and tranquillity our parkland has to offer.

“It’s thanks to Sport England's funding that we've been able to develop this new experience, and already in the first week it’s been really busy. Our family trailers have been very popular with lots of happy faces to be seen exploring the trails along the River Linnet and around the Monument.

"We have been listening to visitor feedback and are excited to see how the offer can be expanded in the future. We will soon be introducing dog trailers and are exploring options such as electric bikes, meaning more people will be able benefit from the offer.”

A range of bikes can be hired from the new cycle hire hub in the main car park of Ickworth Estate.

Open from Thursday to Sunday, prices start from as little as £3 for two hours.