Penshurst Place – Penshurst 2018-12-13T05:44:19+00:00

Penshurst Place

What a fantastic venue to host our bikes. Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place and Gardens has stood on the banks of the river Medway since the 1341. It is surrounded by 11 acres of beautiful formal gardens. Visitors to Penshurst Place enjoy nearly seven centuries of history, heritage and horticulture. There is also bundles of fun to be had with the Adventure Playground, Woodland Trail and Toy Museum.

Once used as a hunting lodge by Henry VIII, Penshurst Place has long been famed for its Grade 1 listed parkland and beautiful historic gardens. The Estate covers over 2600 acres of farmland, woodland and parkland in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The House and Estate have been part of the landscape of Penshurst for over 650 years. Bronze Age man occupied the high ground in the park 2500 years ago. Romans worked iron ore and cut wood at Cinderhill. Settlements around Penshurst village date back to before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The field and farmland were created from large areas of woodland once used as denns. When settlements became larger and permanent, a diverse landscape emerged of small fields amongst woods, hedges and rivers. The need for a large open area for hunting created the medieval deer park. This is today’s parkland, with its trees and avenues. 

Today Penshurst Place Estate is a truly memorable day out and is also situated at the start of Sustrans route no.12, a mainly off road cycle route all the way to Tonbridge via Haysden Country park and reservoir. Perfect!

Specifics for this location

Where the bikes are located

Our bikes are situated in the car park just outside the ticket office, shop and Porcupine cafe. Under the CountryBike sign you will find three wooden bike racks. 

Bikes at Penshurst Place

Cycling level

Type of cycle routes: We recommend the Tudor Trail which is predominantly off road apart from a short stretch on a quiet lane near Haysden Country park

Suitability:  The Tudor Trail is suitable for a wide range of ages and ability

Difficulty: The Tudor Trail is an easy off road route with some hills

Sustran cycle route 12 is mainly off-road (The Tudor Trail). The route runs from the carpark of Penshurst Place through to Tonbridge Castle. Enjoy the stunning views atop the short hill at the start, it is then flat all the way. The beautiful Haysden Country Park and reservoir is ideal for stopping off and having a drink or a bite to eat. This is a truly picturesque cycle ride and very family friendly too.  To read about a cycle ride we did in May along the ‘Tudor Trail’ that is featured on the ExploreKent website – click here.

For the more confident cyclists, in the other direction lies Chiddingstone National Trust village about 4.5 miles away and Hever Castle about 5 miles away. There are some glorious pubs such as the Henry V111, Spotted dog & The Bottlehouse that can be found nearby too.  

How much the bikes cost

Autumn / Winter prices now on – To rent a bike using the Mobile app costs £5 for the first hour of rental and then £2.50 per 30 mins afterwards

How to hire the bikes

  • 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
  • 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 in the basket of the bike)
  • 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
  • You can adjust the seat height by opening the quick release clasp where the seat post meets the bike frame, raising or lowing the post and then re-securing the clasp
  • 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…
Please note that due to poor mobile data reception at Penshurst, it may be better to download the app and sign-up on wifi at home or in the Porcupine Cafe before hiring the bikes. The wifi has also just been boosted to offer a range beyond where the bikes are situated. We would advise therefore using wifi when hiring and returning the bikes if your normal mobile signal drops as the app needs a data signal to start and end your rental.

How to return the bikes

  • 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 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 bikes themselves

Please see below the bikes stationed at this venue:

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.

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Adult small (also suits older kids)

Dawes Aluminium framed 21 gear hybrid bike

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

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Adult medium

Dawes Aluminium 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 large

Dawes Aluminium framed 21 gear hybrid bike

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

Note that 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.

For more details about our bikes see our bike page.

Planning in advance? To enquire about reserving bikes in advance of your visit, then just email hello@countrybike.co.uk. Do please give us 24 hours notice to try and facilitate your needs.

Helmets

Basic helmets are available at this venue to use for free when renting one of our bikes. For details of where to pick them up from, then please read the laminated instructions in the bikes’ basket (including terms and conditions for their use).

Helmets