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Having a Blast with the Family at Blessingbourne

Posted on May 6, 2014 @ 1:10 PM in Adventure

With word spreading not only about the fantastic mountain bike trails on the extended network of routes, but also about the exceptional accommodation on offer, the new PedalStop coffee shop at the trail head (NB limited opening hours), and the wider activities in the beautiful surrounding area Andrea and her family wasted no time in heading to the beautiful Blessingbourne estate for some fun on two wheels, two feet and four legs over the holidays!!

Here’s how she got on over on her energetic family day out…

Blessingbourne really is a family friendly place, no doubt the reason it appealed to me and so many others over the bank holiday.

The new trails provide something for every ability and age of cyclist – given the chicken runs around the new log rides, rock drops, table tops and berms. If you want a tough, technical, fast ride – you’ve got it! If you want a leisurely off-road spin in gorgeous woodland – you’ve also got it!

With word quickly spreading about the fanastic trails in such a majestic setting the self catering apartments were heavily booked, as was the new Gate Lodge cottage. Not surprisingly as all accommodation is finished to a high standard and is priced affordably for the quality and location.

The new PedalStop coffee shop at the trailhead is a work in progress, with feedback and opinions from cyclists themselves being taken on board currently to make sure the facility provides exactly what is required when the summer holidays come around. Not only can you ride the “Skinny Latte” trail on the MTB network at Blessingbourne, but with the quality Ristretto coffee being used now at the trailhead – riders will be buzzing (literally?!) about the coffee too!

Since opening, Blessingbourne’s unique feature has always been its ambience, and immense hospitality from owners Colleen and Nick. They ensure all riders, young and old, feel right at home, and they have a passion for creating a special “getaway from it all” feel.

This applies to everybody, regardless of age, cyclist or non-cyclist. If two wheels aren’t your thing, then there are walking trails for two feet, and equestrian trails for 4 legs! Colleen’s gorgeous and charismatic bay horse “Toyboy” can often be seen out around the trails.

So whether a day trip, or overnight stay, get down to Blessingbourne – where all sorts of “horseplay” is guaranteed!

Gift Vouchers are available to purchase for mountain bike hire including a well derserved traybake and coffee to enjoy after your ride.

Andrea Harrower
Andrea Harrower  The Belles

Eternal adventure seeker.... A sports enthusiast, who competes at a high level but who has as much passion for encouraging other females and kids into the great outdoors. Along with 3 other like-minded girls she founded The Belles in 2009!

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