Cycle the City Package
VisitMK – CYCLE THE CITY
Who’s This For? Milton Keynes is renowned for its impressive Redway cycling network, and visitors flock to the city throughout the year to experience some of our unique cycle tours. This package is a must for all cycling enthusiasts!
Costs: The cost of the package is £72 per person.
• Return train travel from your home railway station
• Bed and breakfast at De Vere Horwood Hotel
• A guided tour of Ride High Equestrian Centre
• Hire of a Santander bike for the duration of your visit
• Led cycling tours as described above
This package includes overnight accommodation at renowned National Badminton Centre, home to the GB team. On arrival by train into MK Central, you will be met by Santander bikes, where you will cycle straight to the Ride High Equestrian Centre. Meet some of the equine residents at the Ride High Equestrian Centre, a unique social enterprise where all profits go towards supporting the charitable works of Ride High, a charity transforming the lives of Milton Keynes’ most disadvantaged children. Take a tour of the stable yard and then get up close with your new pony pals as you learn what makes them tick and have-a-go at grooming. Hot/cold drinks and biscuits included. From there onto the picturesque, Loughton Lodge Lake. With bed and breakfast included in the package, guests will also receive a tour of the badminton museum and a led cycle through North Loughton Valley Park to visit the city’s famed Concrete Cows.
The VisitMK – CYCLE THE CITY package is available on the following dates:
Available to book:
10th and 11th November
17th and 18th November
24th and 25th November
1st and 2nd December
8th and 9th December
The cost of the package represents a saving of 40% against booking individual trip elements. All items are subject to availability. Upon booking, a representative from Destination Milton Keynes will contact you to ensure this package is fully prepared for your individual needs.
MK Central Train Station to Ride High Equestrian Centre, Loughton
This is a short (0.6mile) downhill bike ride which will take approx. 5 minutes following National Cycle Route (NCR) 51.
Route 51 is a long distance route that connects major cities in the south of England. It links Milton Keynes, Bedford, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich on its way and also links the University Cities of Oxford and Cambridge with the coast at Felixstowe before continuing to Harwich and Colchester.
Ride High Equestrian Centre to Loughton Lodge Lake
Following the iconic Redway network this 2 mile (10-15 min), relatively flat ride will take you to and around Loughton Lodge Lake.
Lodge Lake is a good spot to enjoy rich and varied birdlife such as herons, swans, little grebes and even the occasional kingfisher.
Before the advent of the new city of Milton Keynes, Loughton village was a thriving rural community. A short detour at the lake’s south end, under the H5 Portway, brings you into Loughton. Some of the buildings you can see from the village green date back to the 16th century, but there was probably a settlement here in Saxon times, or even earlier. Originally there were two villages: Little and Great Loughton, separated by the brook. Each had its own church, manor house and farms. They were joined together to form Loughton village in 1408.
Loughton Lodge Lake to Badminton Centre
Just around the corner (0.1 mile) to your hotel accomodation for the evening.
Led Cycle through North Loughton Valley Park
After leaving the National Badminton Centre you will return on your bike to Lodge Lake where you will follow the Redway under the A5 to the Southern point of the linear North Loughton Valley Park.
This 4 mile, out and back, cycle ride along the River Ouse will enable you to enjoy the wildlife it supports as well as seeing 3 cultural attractions in Milton Keynes;
Bancroft Roman Villa
And The Cows…. Our most iconic piece of public art created by Liz Leyh in 1978