Chiddingstone Castle – Chiddingstone

Please note we have brought our bikes in from Chiddingstone Castle now for the Winter months. If you would like to hire bikes from this venue then we are still offering day rentals if given enough notice (ideally at least 48 hours). Please see our delivery and collection service page for details of how to book.

A listing of all our venues that you can hire our bikes using the Linka Go app during the Winter months is found here – click here.

Chiddingstone Castle can be traced back to the early 1500s. During its life, the castle has undergone a number of architectural changes and has been owned and lived in by an eclectic mix of people and families. The castle served as a base for military forces during the Second World War, and General Montgomery reviewed his troops here before taking command of the Eighth Army. After the war, it was home to the Long Dene School until 1955, when Denys Eyre Bower bought it to house his diverse antique collections. We say it is a simply wonderful and fascinating gem in the heart of the Kent countryside.

Chiddingstone Castle image

Whether visiting the Castle for its history, the amazing antique collections inside, or just a coffee and a walk around the grounds, Chiddingstone Castle is a wonderful base for the day and venue for our bikes. Why not head out for a cycle ride to explore the nearby Bough Beech reservoir, or perhaps cycle to Hever or Penshurst Place and back. The ancient local countryside is stunning. It is likely you might spot a wild deer or two along the way too! Kent bike hire and Chiddingstone bike hire is made easy with Countrybike.

Image of lake at Chiddingstone Castle

Specifics for this location

Where the bikes are located

Our bikes are situated immediately on the left hand side as you enter the main carpark next to the Countrybike sign – Postcode: TN87AD. They can be accessed regardless of if the Castle is closed. If the Castle is closed however, please rent the bikes and start your bike ride by exiting back down the driveway so as not to disturb any private functions (such as weddings) that might be underway. 

Image of bikes at Chiddingstone Castle

Cycling level

Type of cycle routes: On country lanes.

Suitability:  Older children & Adults comfortable with cycling on roads.

Difficulty: Medium routes available with some hills.

3 castle route – please download our handy guide that you can also reference whilst out and about – Chiddingstone – extended Tudor Trail cycling route map

How much the bikes cost

To rent a bike using the Mobile app costs £5 for the first hour of rental and then £2.50 per 30 mins afterwards.

If you are planning to go out for longer than 4 hours, then please just get in touch as we can arrange discounted day rates if you contact us in advance.

Please note that at the start of your rental the App will look to pr-authorise a standard £30 charge to your credit card. When you end your rental this fee is automatically replaced with the correct amount based on the time you have hired the bike for in the end.

How to rent the bikes

Just click on either of the links depending if you use an iPhone or Android device to take you to the relevant App to download:

(You just need to do this once and it will take about 5 minutes)

  • Download the Mobile app ‘Linka Go’ from either Google Play or the App Store
  • We recommend this is done at home or on wifi before visiting the venue to hire the bikes if possible
  • Register an account using your email address. Note you will need to validate the email address as part of the process (please also note that the system does not work with Outlook email addresses)
  • Carefully read the terms and conditions
  • Add valid credit card details to the app

  • Check over the bike or bikes you plan to take out 
  • If you spot any problems with any of the bikes then don’t hire them and email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk to let us know
  • Make sure you choose a bike that has the right size frame for you (sizes are shown on the bike)

(takes about 30 seconds)

  • Make sure you have a good signal to your phone or else join local wifi if available
  • Make sure none of the spokes of the front wheel are touching the shackle of the lock
  • Press the button on the right hand side of the lock to wake it up
  • Open up the Linka Go app on your phone
  • Click on the ‘Select bike’ button
  • Scan the QR code or enter the 4 digit number of the bike found in the basket 
  • The lock on the bike should now open
  • To add an additional bike to your rental then simply click on the ‘+’ button next to your current bike number in the centre of the App screen and repeat the scanning a QR code or entering a bike number process
  • Please make sure to recheck the bike before heading off. If you spot any problems then please return the bike to the bike post, re-lock it and then email us to let us know. We will make sure you are refunded for any charges the app assumes to make for your rental of that bike
  • You are all set – your countryside awaits…

  • Return the bikes back to the original venue / bike stands that you hired them from 
  • Ensure your phone is switched on, mobile data and bluetooth are both enabled and that you have a mobile signal
  • If you do not have a mobile data signal then please use local wifi if possible as internet connection is needed to end your rental
  • If you are unable to connect to the internet then please use the ‘Pause Rental’ function on the Mobile app to re-lock the bike and email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk to let us know. We can end your rental remotely and ensure you are only charged the correct amount

  • Hook the lock at the front of the bike over the U-bolt which is attached to the bike post
  • Turn the wheel slightly if needed to ensure that the shackle of the lock will not hit a spoke when it closes 

  • Open up the Mobile app and click the ‘End Rental’ button. This will close the lock of the bike the app is currently talking to (shown by the bike number in the bottom centre of the screen)
  • Ensure the shackle of the lock closes fully and is not caught by a spoke
  • If you have hired more than one bike, then repeat the process until all the bikes are re-locked
  • Once all bikes have been returned then the app will give you a summary of the distance you travelled, the calories you should have burned and the overall fee for the rental
  • We hope you had a good time. Please do let us know how it went. You can leave reviews on Facebook or Instagram @wearecountrybike or on Google maps where you see the Countrybike tag. Likewise, please email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk. We are a family owned business and keen to do everything we can to offer a great service and keep improving as we go

The number of bikes stationed at this location

Each venue has a different number of bikes stationed at it. The number of bikes and the different size frames available at this location are shown below.

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Adult large

Carerra Alloy framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 32″ (indicative average height 5’11”-6’2″)

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Adult medium

Carerra Alloy framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 30″ (indicative average height 5’7″-5’11”)

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Adult small (also suits older kids)

Carerra Alloy framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 28″ (indicative average height 5’3″-5’7″)

Can we deliver extra bikes if needed?

Pending availability, we can also deliver extra adult bikes as well as children’s 14 inch frame bikes in advance of your visit. To enquire about this service, please email hello@countrybike.co.uk. We have have baby seats and a tag along too.

We do ask you give us at least 24 hours notice (the more the better) to try and plan things if you need extra bikes delivered to a venue. Email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk to enquire.

For more details about our bikes see our bike page.

Are helmets available?

Basic helmets are available at a number of our venues free of charge when renting one or more of our bikes. For details of where to pick them up from, then please read instructions at the location (including terms and conditions for their use).

Helmets