We are really pleased that you are thinking of visiting us with your bike. We want to encourage everyone onto their bikes as much as possible.
Facilities at Grounds Farm
Locking your bike
We have bike hoops at all our properties where you can lock your bike out of sight. We also have a bike cover to keep it dry.
You are welcome to clean your bike during your stay and we have a bucket and brush available. The outside tap is located under the kitchen window at Chase Lodge and there is a water butt with tap near the Cow Shed.
Equipment and tools
We also have a box of handy cycling tools that you are welcome to use during your stay should you need them. The box includes:
- Basic first aid kit
- Track pump
- Puncture repair kit
- Set of spanners and Allen keys
We have a great bike shop in Kenilworth which has all the essentials that you may need if you have problems with your bike during your stay. They also do servicing and repairs so If you have any major problems give them a call and they will try and fit you in.
We have a station in Kenilworth which is a local service and operates to Coventry and Leamington to link up with other national services. This train runs once an hour. You are able to take your bike on this train and there is no charge. Alternatively there is a covered bike storage area where you can rack your bike for the day.
You can take your bike on national services but you may have to make a reservation. Please note that during peak times (7 – 10am and 4 – 7 pm) full sized bikes are not allowed on trains travelling in and out of London.
Maps and route ideas
National Cycle route 52
There are several routes that you can access easily from Kenilworth, national cycle route 52 is one. This has tarmac off road sections to Warwick University and Burton Green, part of the route to Warwick is off road too.
Directions to Route 52
(Warwick university direction)
From Chase Lodge
Head down Chase Lane. At the bottom of the road go straight across and up Beehive Hill. This road then turns into Upper Spring Lane. At the ‘T’ junction turn left. Continue on this road until you start going down the hill. You will see a bridge across the road, this is the cycle path. Turn left just before the bridge and this will take you onto the route.
From The Cow Shed and Shepherds
Head down to the main road, turn right onto Castle Road. Take next left up Forest road. Continue straight onto Abbey Hill. At the end of the park there is a funny junction you want to take the second right (which is straight opposite) called Albion street. Continue on here past the shops and Wyandotte pub. The next left, just before the tyre garage is Forge road. Turn onto this road and at the end you will see the cycle way onto the common. Turn right after the bridge over the brook , then just before the railway bridge head up the hill to the left. All routes are sign posted from here.
Route 52 also heads into Warwick. To join the route turn right at the end of Chase Lane. Follow this road round and past the main entrance to the Castle. Just after the sharp left hand bend there is a zebra crossing. Immediately after this on the right hand side is the Route 52.
The ride into Leamington is not cycle friendly and not for the faint hearted. If I was cycling into Leamington I would head towards Warwick and cut across Spinney Hill and Greville road.
There is a cycle route all the way into Coventry from the edge of Kenilworth where it runs alongside the A429.
This website has a map of all the cycling facilities in Coventry and the main routes into town, route 10 and 11 head towards Kenilworth. www.coventry.gov.uk/cyclemap
This is also a great local route planner map.bikecitizens.net/gb-coventry
Ideas for routes
This website has some route ideas for around Warwickshire www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/county-cycling/Warwickshire
This is a great website for planning routes around the local countryside cycle.travel/city/kenilworth/map. Here are some links to some of my favourite routes, the links can also be found on our website. You will notice that the routes start from our other cottages at North Mere which is just down the road.
Burton Green, Honiley, Rouncil Lane from North Mere
Warwick Circular from North Mere
Quick Kenilworth Greenway from North Mere
Berkeswell, Balsall, Honiley from North Mere
Rouncil Lane, Hay Wood from North Mere
Hatton Locks from North Mere