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Lichfield Circular

Lichfield Circular

EBike Tour 10

This lovely 3 night cycle tour takes you through beautiful Staffordshire countryside, to the west of the National Forest. The lovely cathedral city of Lichfield is a delight to explore. In addition to the cathedral we recommend visiting Erasmus Darwin House, celebrating the life of Charles Darwin and the birthplace of Samuel Johnson. The route includes large off road section through the heart of Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding. National Trust owned Shugborough Hall is a delight to explore. Be sure to get a timed ticket to visit the personal quarters of Lord Lichfield, the famous photographer. In the ancient Needwood Forest you can discover one of the Noon Column sculptures created by renowned artist David Nash. Football lovers will enjoy a visit to St George's Park, the training ground of the English football team. The highlight of your final day is a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum. Crowned, Large Visitor Attraction 2018, the Arboretum provides a serene and fascinating memorial to those that have been killed serving their country. The memorials are set in a wonderful landscape, bordering onto the River Trent.

ACCOMMODATION

This route uses small independent hotels

Bed and breakfast

INFORMATION

  • Nights

  • Ave daily mileage

  • Availability

    3
    20 - 30
    Start any day, all year

PRICE

Price includes

Electric bike hire, accommodation on a b&b basis, luggage transfer each day, car parking, detailed self-guide route to follow at your own pace, helmets. We're on hand to offer local support when required

Price excludes

Travel to your holiday starting point. Entry to attractions. Single supplement. Dinners. Extra nights. Travel insurance

£475 per person

ROUTE DETAILS

DAY 1

Your electric bike holiday starts in the small cathedral city of Lichfield. With a wonderful cathedral and museums celebrating both Charles Darwin and Samuel Johnson, Lichfield has plenty to explore. With a vibrant food market and Food Festival, Lichfield is also quickly becoming known as a foodie destination. You will find plenty of choices for all tastes. Even a distillery! Today we will bring your bikes to your hotel and ensure that they fit properly. We will provide you with everything that you need for your tour, including contact numbers in case you need any additional support on your journey. We can of course recommend some local routes, should you wish to explore further today.

 

DAY 2

Today's ride will take you over the wonderful Cannock Chase, to the National Trust property of Shugborough Hall. A large section of the ride is off road, allowing you to fully enjoy the woodland experience. Stop at the Cannock Chase museum to learn more about the heritage of the area. A little further along, the Visitor Centre tells more about the local fauna and flora found in this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Shugborough Hall was recently adopted by the National Trust and was the ancestral home of the renowned photographer Lord Lichfield. Vegetable growers will wander with envy through the kitchen garden, abundant with fruit and vegetables. The parkland includes a number of follies and monuments to explore, including a China house and a replica Greek Temple. It's a short ride from Shugborough to tonight's overnight stop.

 

DAY 3

Today's cycle ride starts with a cycle around the Blithfield Reservoir to the Staffordshire village of Abbotts Bromley. The village is best known for the ancient Horn Dance, performed around the village in September every year. It is also a frequent winner of the Staffordshire best kept village competition. A ride through the peaceful Staffordshire countryside brings you to Jackson's Bank, part of the ancient Needwood Estate and a site of Special Scientific Interest. The woodland is also home to one of the oak Noon Column sculptures, carved by renowned artist David Nash. At true noon the sun will create a shadow through the needle like hole in the sculpture. Football lovers will enjoy a visit to the St George's Park, the training centre for the English football team, where tours take you behind the scenes. Today's cycle ride finishes in the neighbouring village of Barton under Needwood. The bustling marina is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or something to eat and to amble around the individual shops. Alternatively, lovers of luxury can choose to stay the night at the Hilton Hotel, in St George's Park, where you may also enjoy the wonderful spa facilities. DAY 4 Today's highlight is a trip to the serene National Memorial Arboretum. This is the national centre of remembrance and winner of Visit England's award for best large visitor attraction. There are over 350 memorials to discover within the grounds, each telling a different story. The memorials are set in glorious grounds, bordering the River Trent, making it a wonderful place to wander at any time of year. The final stretch of your holiday takes you alongside the Trent and Mersey canal back to your starting point in Lichfield. We strongly recommend that you enjoy a well earned beer canal-side at Fradley Junction.