Cycling in Churnet Valley with Churnet Valley Cycle Hire

cycling in Churnet Valley

Who fancies cycling in Churnet Valley today? I ask as I dish out the pancakes and strawberries.

Me!!! The reply was unanimous.

It was a Sunday morning and our first full weekend at home following a summer road trip to Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. As I looked out of the window, the sun was just beginning to make an appearance and the sky appeared a deep shade of blue. It looked like it was going to be a glorious day, so we quickly packed the van and headed out to try our hand at Cycling in Churnet Valley Staffordshire.

Churnet Valley in Staffordshire is an area rich in history, spectacular scenery and wildlife.  The Churnet Valley trail is a railway path following the river Churnet through woodland and meadow along the old railway line.

Farm on the Hill and Churnet Valley Cycle Hire

As I still have to purchase a bike, we headed to Churnet Valley Cycle hire where we met Ben, who provided me with a bike, a bike seat for the little man and two helmets. With all members of the family now equipped with either a bike or a bike seat, we set off in the beautiful sunshine armed with the directions for the local cycling trail.

There are various trails around Churnet Valley. The area surrounding Farm on the Hill has a number of cycle routes for all abilities including a cycle trail along the old railway line, through the woods around Dimmingsdale and quiet country lanes. We headed off to find the railway line in search of a picnic spot and an ice-cream.

I am so proud of our eldest who was just getting to grips with riding her bike. It was a great basic trail, and fairly flat in parts to give her the opportunity to practice. With sheer determination, (a few falls) and a few blisters on her thumbs – she did it!

So proud of this little one today. She has only recently learned how to ride her bike and we have been for a mammoth bike ride today. I lost count of the times she fell off and got back on. A little superstar. It’s been such a lovely day cycling through Churnet Valley, Staffordshire. I hired a bike as I don’t actually own one (I now absolutely need one 😂) I have forgotten how much I enjoy a bike ride in the sunshine. . . . . . . . #churnetvalleyrailway #staffordshire #littlefierceones #myfamilyadventures #countrykidsfun #Curiouslittleexplorers #raisingragamuffins #UKexplore #lifeoflittles #instatravel #lovelifeoutside #moretoexploreoutdoors #beyondthewanderlust #funseekingkids #lifewithinfourcorners #pottyadventures #watchthemlearn #littleandbrave #justpassingthrough #mummyshot #naturelearners #littlefamiliesofig #thesincerestoryteller #infinity_children #familyfunuk #adventurelikebeatrixpotter #traveldeeper #bikeride

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Cycle Hire

Farm on the hill offers cycle hire and cycle repair.

Cycle Hire Prices (Nov 17)

Adult Bikes: £10.00/half day £13/full day
Childrens Bikes: All Day/£7.50 Child Seat (up to 22kg) – £5.00

Camping at Farm on The Hill

Whilst we were visiting, Ben showed us around their eco campsite on the farm. It is a small, peaceful and hidden eco-campsite set in around 12 acres of woodland and meadow on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border. The campsite is arranged to ensure it keeps its secluded and exclusive feel and there are pitches to suit all needs, with areas to accommodate multiple tents, and areas to accommodate just one tent (or camper van) to provide a secluded getaway.

The pitches share a raised compost long drop toilet on the edge of the site with amazing views of the Churnet Valley. There is also a solar shower and wood-fired sauna.

Because it remains a small site the owners go above and beyond to make your stay memorable and enjoyable. There are BBQs available on site and a large stone fire circle with stone seating for group campsites. Cycle hire is available and fresh seasonal fruit and veg on sale grown organically on the farm. There is also a tea room serving tea/coffee and cakes and scones in an open fronted barn at the main farm house that is open at Weekends during Summer (or weekdays/evening by prior arrangement).


For more information you can head over to Farm on the Hill online

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  1. Judy b
    November 14, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Love this, might be tempted!
    We forget that we have beautiful places , right on our doorstep!

  2. November 16, 2017 / 11:09 am

    Loving the pics and well done for the family cycling! We are working on balance with our 4 years old, the stabilisers off for a couple of months, hoping next spring will do some nice countryside trips. Thanks for sharing!

  3. November 16, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Looks like loads of fun. I wish i had learnt to ride a bike as a child as I love the idea of going on family bike rides.

  4. November 16, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Oh how lovely! My son and husband love cycling and I’m looking to get a bike so we can all go! This looks like a gorgeous place to ride!

  5. November 16, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Oh, I love cycling. It’s huge in Copenhagen where I used to live. It looks beautiful there! xx

  6. November 16, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Now the boys are getting a bit older, we are starting to think about getting some bike and doing some cycling / outdoorsy holidays. It’s such a great way to get out and enjoy the country.

  7. November 16, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    What a fun day out. I love cycling trips

  8. November 17, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Oh wow, this looks lovely – definitely a campsite to put on our list to check out next year I think! We love cycling but don’t have a bike rack for the car, so knowing there’s cycle hire nearby would be perfect!

  9. November 17, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    It’s great when they learn to ride, isn’t it? The campsite sounds lovely. Just the sort of place to get away from the milling crowds here in London!

  10. November 18, 2017 / 8:35 am

    What a beautiful part of the country and a great family day out!

  11. November 18, 2017 / 11:44 am

    That looks like a beautiful place for a family day out.

  12. November 18, 2017 / 11:58 am

    What a beautiful place to explore as a family, it’s great you managed to squeeze in a mini break. It’s fab that you managed to get out on a family bike ride together, well done to your eldest for cycling herself the entire time. I can certainly see why you picked the Churnet Valley to explore, it’s beautiful, I’m sure you’ll be back again.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  13. November 18, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    We have got Eliza off her stabilisers now so I am desperate to take them all out for a cycle ride. Want to try Sebby with a gator bar

  14. November 18, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    What a beautiful place for a bike ride. Well done to your eldest for managing such a big bike ride too. #countrykids

  15. November 19, 2017 / 9:42 am

    This looks so beautiful and your pictures are lovely. Definitely a fab place for an adventure 🙂 #countrykids

  16. November 20, 2017 / 12:01 am

    I love going for bike rides with N although we do need to find a proper cycle route sometime to do. And I need to get back on my bike again #countrykids

  17. November 20, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Can’t believe I’ve never heard of Churnet Valley, it looks beautiful. We’ve not done any long family cycle rides yet but this looks a good place to start for a weekend away. #CountryKids

  18. Taslyn Russell
    November 20, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    This looks like such a lovely place to go for an outting I have never heard of it before this post

  19. November 20, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Beautiful pictures, it’s so lovely to get out on your bike together

  20. November 23, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Doing local travels has made me appreciate how much beauty we have at our very door stpes and churnet valley is one such beauty. What a gorgeous day out for a ride

  21. November 24, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Oh wow, this looks perfect! We usually go to our local National Trust property for the girls to cycle, or to the Forest of Dean if we’re all cycling but it’s great to have another option, this isn’t too far for us either. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips.

  22. November 26, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Pancakes and berries! I’m not sure you would drag me away – but this does look so tempting. What a lovely route and you had the perfect day! Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

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