Herstmonceux Castle – Nr. Pevensey

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We are very excited to add Herstmonceux castle to our growing number of partner venues.   

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds is a 600 acre estate including woodland, formal themed gardens and of course a 15th century moated castle. Made from red brick Herstmonceux Castle is one of the earliest examples of a brick built building in England. In 1946 Sir Paul Latham sold Herstmonceux Castle to the Admiralty, which established it as the new home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. From the early 1950s until 1989 Herstmonceux Castle remained a centre of scientific research and home to one of the world’s leading astronomical organizations. As well as operating throughout spring and summer as a popular tourist attraction, Herstmonceux Castle also operates as an International Study Centre for Queen’s University in Canada, the castle hosts international students every year who come to England to study within this tranquil setting.

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Specifics for this location

Please note that we do not hire bikes using the ‘Linka Go’ app at this venue. Instead, we can arrange to deliver bikes if hiring them for the day. Please give us at least 2 or more working days notice to try and plan things for you. The more advance warning you give us, the more likely it is we will be able to support your request, especially during the busy summer months!

Where will the bikes be dropped?

Our bike posts are situated just inside the estate and can be accessed using the bridal path next to All Saints Church (Postcode: BN27 1QJ). If coming by car then please park opposite the church and make your way to the bikes following signs for the bridal path.  

Note you need to pay to visit the Castle or Observatory Science centre. The pay kiosk if you want to visit is found up near the Science observatory.  

Cycling level

Type of cycle routes: We recommend leaving the castle estate and heading south along the beautiful quiet lanes through the flats towards Sustrans route 2. From here you can either head to the coast and down to Eastbourne or up towards Hastings. Alternatively, you can connect up to the off-road Cuckoo Trail at Polegate. 

Suitability:  Older children and adults comfortable to cycling on the lanes.

Difficulty: Easy – the routes are mainly flat as a pancake and along Sustrans recommended cycle routes.

Herstmonceux castle routes – please download our handy guide that you can also reference whilst out and about – Herstmonceux route maps

How to order bikes

FAQs 

Please do give us at least 2 or more working days notice to try and plan things for you. The more advance warning you give us, the more likely it is we will be able to support your request especially during the busy summer months!

Step 1:

Fill in the request form on the website or email us (hello@countrybike.co.uk) with the following details:

  • Your name and a contact telephone number
  • Where you would like to have the bikes delivered and picked up from
  • How long you would like to rent the bikes for
  • If you need bike helmets
  • The sizes of bikes that you want to hire – please download the pdf guide if needed for more information – Frame size guide 19

Step 2:

Once we have all the details above we will email you a proforma quote along with our standard terms and conditions.

Step 3:

If you wish to progress with the reservation, then we would require you to confirm in email that you are okay with the details in the quote and that you have agreed to our standard terms. We also then need to take details of a valid credit card to take payment in advance of delivery.

Step 4:

Once we have taken payment, we will email you to confirm it has been taken and that your reservation is confirmed.

We do sometimes need to ask for a delivery and collection charge depending on where you want the bikes and how many you want delivered.

As a rule of thumb we can normally offer free delivery if within 5 miles of Tunbridge Wells and if for four or less bikes. We will normally ask for a delivery fee if further afield or we need to use a trailer to transport multiple bikes.

We are based near Tunbridge Wells and try and offer delivery where we can throughout Kent & East Sussex. The further away from Tunbridge Wells, the more notice the better. Please note delivery charges will apply based on how far away you are.

If you want some more guidance on what frame size is suitable for you then please just download our pdf frame size guide – Frame size guide

Note: the number and sizes of each of the bikes normally stationed at each venue are shown on the venue webpage – click here for a list of our partner venues an links to their pages

We rent bikes out for the day for £20 each. For longer term rentals we charge an extra £10 per bike per day up to £45 for a weeks hire.

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Enquiry form

To enquire about ordering bikes, please just fill out the form below: