At Wheatland Farm eco lodges we have a sizeable and growing collection of ‘farm bikes’, which are all free for you to use on your holiday. We have kids’ and adults’ sizes. They’ve all been rescued from the local recycling centre and refurbished. So they may not be sparkly new, but they are serviceable and fun.
You can’t book them, but we’ve never run out (we have more bikes than we have bed spaces on the farm, though of course if everyone wants the same size we’ll have difficulty).
Children absolutely love borrowing them and riding around the farm. Adults find them a good way to get to the village, local shops including the cider factory, the pub, or just to the start of lovely walks.
If you’re staying here and thinking about a cycling day out we have lots of information, and can unlock the detailed route notes pages on our website for you – they have a variety of trips we’ve tested ourselves, usually taking in a tea shop or two.
Borrowing a farm bike means you agree to some simple house rules – here they are:
- Please return bikes to the bike store each day when you’re done, so others can borrow them. If you want a bike all week, we can arrange good value hire for you.
- Bring your own helmet if you want to wear one. We have a few to lend out, but not all sizes.
- You ride at your own risk. Before you ride off, please check the bike over, including the brakes, the chain and the tyres. We fix problems we know about, but someone else may have forgotten to tell us what went wrong. If something goes wrong when you’re out, let Ian know. He can fix most things.
- There are a couple of light-weight deterrent padlocks you can borrow, and we’re assuming you won’t be leaving the bike where it’s an obvious target. If your borrowed bike does get stolen, we’ll ask you to pay £30 so we can replace it.
- Please don’t ride the bikes after dark. They don’t have lights, so you wouldn’t be legal on the road. If you want to ride after dark, please hire a bike or use your own lights and safety equipment.