Burghley Park to Fineshades in the East Midlands
Due to the dash down south from York to celebrate Lottie’s birthday in Stamford, we’ve leapt at the chance to give the girls a sleepover and take in a little of the activities you can find around this corner of the East Midlands…..
Amazingly, it’s only ever been owned by one family (just think of the family heirlooms!) and has some apparently exquisite rooms inside with treasures aplenty (from Hells Staircases to a Heaven Room)… but it’s no less beautiful outside with lakeside walks, ornamental gardens (Garden of Surprises) and a Capability Brown inspired parkland landscape full of conker trees about to shed their seasonal load…. Perhaps made all the better by the welcome October sunshine!!
So with the leaves falling and the nearby Forestry Commission woods at Fineshades only a quick 15 mins away (even in a motorhome)…. We thought we’d add this series of mountain bike trails and skill loops to our growing collection of Bike Adventures across Europe.
Although our bikes were in the motorhome, we’d previously hired bikes with the girl’s cousins when we visited the Rutland Cycles store at Nene Outdoors…. (including a first for us as we saddled up and headed out on a tandem around Ferry Meadows… ) so we grabbed a couple of bikes for a reasonable £10 and set off….
Every region should have Something special
Fineshades doesn’t just have bike loops for families, there’s enough for a seasoned mountain biker or even toddlers to visit the Gruffalo nature trails or even enjoy some of the adventure playgrounds (perhaps the smaller ones than these below!)
And you can’t visit a fair without taking advantage of the dodgem cars and a chance to bump the parents…. or to visit a stall and win a prize to tuck under your arm on the way home….. So plenty of happy, smiling faces we returned back with tummies full of candyfloss…. what could possibly go wrong with tonight’s sleepover!!!
so where did we park the bus for the night?
We’ve visited relatives nearby, but we’d recommend the campsite at Fineshades. Perfectly located if your family enjoys bike rides through the forest