Cycling is an perfect way to discover the full beauty of the estate and the surrounding countryside. With quiet roads and off-road paths exploring Ford & Etal on bicycles is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Refreshments are available at various outlets in the villages on and near the Estates and, of course, there are number of attractions to visit in the area.
Cycle racks are in place on the Heatherslaw Mill site, at Ford Village Shop and at Lavender Tearooms in Etal.
Sustrans Route 68 (Berwick-upon-Tweed to Derby) runs through the estate and there is an option to follow an off-road path (hard surface) along the banks of the River Till, a lovely route which offers ample opportunities to view wildlife on the river.
If you don’t have your own bicycles with you when you visit, you can hire a bike from Ford Village Cycle Hire? A range of good quality road/trail bikes along with helmets, bike locks and route maps are available (pre-booking recommended). A range of local cycle routes can also be found also be found at Heatherslaw Visitor Centre.
Ford Cycle Hire operates from the village shop and offers a range of good quality road/trail bikes (NOT off-road bikes) comprising 8 adult bikes, an adult tandem, 2 x 20″ and 2 x 24″ children’s bikes plus a baby seat.
Helmets and bike locks are provided along with a selection of maps and suggested routes to suit all levels of ability and interest.
Please note that for reasons of health and safety, hirers must be able to comfortably reach the ground with their feet when seated on the bike and must be confident cyclists.
To book your cycles please visit Ford Cycle Hire or telephone 01890 820230. Although bookings may be accommodated “on the day” it is strongly recommended to PRE-BOOK your bikes at least 24 hours in advance in order to avoid disappointment.