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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sky Ride visits National Trust's Charlecote Park

If you like cycling but don't like cycling alone or want to get out and join a group and go somewhere new, Sky ride can help. This year there are a few local rides aimed at all ages and abilities. Many of these rides are connected with the National Trust. Some starting at National Trust properties, some ending and some stopping for refreshments and a half way break. 
Charlecote Park is one of those properties joining Sky ride to give an all round better experience. There are two types of rides that link Charlecote with the local area. The first one which I was at Charlecote for when they arrived, is the 'Charlecote Loop'.

I was asked if I would mind coming in to take a few photos of this event and of course I was happy to do so which is why I can now share this event with you.
I did say in a previous blog that being a volunteer at Charlecote Park you can never get bored, there is always something new happening and it is correct. I love the challenges of taking so many different types of photos. You have everything in one place, Nature, Landscape, animals and wildlife, two rivers, a lake, a meadow and a beautiful grand house and gardens on top of all that. Then of course there are the special events from the Sky rides to Shakespeare plays. Always something happening. Plenty to keep everyone happy :)

The Charlecote loop was led by three team leaders for extra safety. One at the front, one in the middle and one at the back to make it all a more relaxing ride. 

                                  The team leaders on the Charlecote loop.

The riders entered Charlecote Park along the second drive between the avenue of trees which runs along the River Dene and has an amazing view of  the river and West Park. 

The bridge further down the River Dene leading into West Park. One of my favourite places to spend time. I could sit there for ages relaxing and watching the world go by, or should I say the animals :)

The Charlecote Loop is an 18 mile ride which starts at Warwick Racecourse stopping at Charlecote Park for a midway break and refreshments in the beautiful Tea Garden which I have to say is looking glorious right now. I will share some of the photos I have taken of the flowers there too.

The next dates for the Charlecote Loop Skyride if you would like to join them are the the 3rd of August and the 31st of August. For more information on the Charlecote Loop, click on this link.

Some of the beautiful flowers in the Tea gardens. It is full of colour, very beautiful.

                                                 The beautiful Foxtail lilies.

            The Tea Garden kiosk selling light refreshments.

             An ice cream on a hot day. Don't mind if I do :)

The tea gardens looking beautiful. Many of the riders had not been to Charlecote Park before and found it a lovely place to stop saying they would have to come back again for longer visit so that they could have a proper look around. Beautiful and stunning were just a couple of words used to describe Charlecote Park.

The Sky Ride Team leaders with two of the cyclists who joined them for the day in front of the entrance to the Tea Gardens.

The second Sky Ride which involves Charlecote Park starts at in Stratford-Upon-Avon Recreation Grounds Car Park close to the playground. Dates for this are the 29th of June so this Sunday coming, 10th of August and the 14th of September. For more information on this ride, here is a link to the Sky ride page.

I love the Tea gardens at Charlecote, it is like a secret garden of beautiful colours which you don't really see properly until you walk through the gate. Then you can really admire it. As you can guess I love sitting in there.  :)

Some of Charlecote's Fallow deer.

It was a beautiful sunny day at Charlecote Park

After light refreshments and a little rest, the group of Sky riders exited under the archway near the stables back up the drive between the avenue of trees.

From the look of everyones faces it looks like they have all had a lovely day and a good rest before heading back to Warwick.

This leaflet kindly given to me by one of the team leaders lists all the other
 Sky rides events in Warwickshire.
Click on the images to enlarge.

                                     For other Sky rides, check out their main website

Charlecote Park link

Getting Outdoors with National Trust
                                        Photos Copyright Jana Eastwood

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