Penshurst Place 2018-09-06T19:34:22+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!

To read about a cycle ride we did in May along the ‘Tudor Trail’ that is featured on the ExploreKent website – click here.

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

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

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

  • To end your rental, you must return the bike back to the same bike stands that you hired it from.
  • When you have returned to the original place, use the U-bolt that is connected to the bike stand to loop between the lock and the front wheel of the bike.
  • Ensuring the lock is sitting over the U-bolt and making sure no spokes will be in the way when the lock closes, use the Mobile app to end your rental.
  • Note there is a safety feature on the Mobile app requiring you to hold the slider down for three seconds before swiping it to the right.
  • When you tell the Mobile app to end the rental, then the lock should beep and the shackle slowly close securing the U-bolt and bike stand to the bike.
  • Once securely locked, your rental period ends and the Mobile app will tell you how much money will be debited from your credit card for the bike hire.
  • Please note that if you have hired multiple bikes, then you must return all at the same time to end your rental. Simply use the app to re-lock one bike at a time until all of them are safely locked up. The App will now end your group rental and tell you how much money will be debited from your credit card for the hire of the bikes. 
  • Thank you for using Countrybike. 

How to rent the bikes

Please note that you need to have a smart Phone and a credit card. You are now able to hire multiple bikes from the same phone and account details.

To hire a bike, then follow the instructions below:

  • Download the Mobile phone app ‘Linka Go‘ and register your details. 
  • Carefully read the terms and conditions 
  • The lock is attached to the front wheel of the bike. It is activated with a small button on it’s right hand side when it is sleeping. It is opened and closed by using the Mobile app.
  • Choose the bike you would to use. Make sure to check it over thoroughly before deciding to hire it.
  • If you see any issues, then please do not hire the bike and report them to us via email – hello@countrybike.co.uk
  • Having chosen your bike, press the button on the right hand side of the lock. It should make a beep showing it is now awake.
  • Follow the instructions on the app and either scan the QR code (found on the laminate instructions in the basket) or by type in the 4 digit number of the bike found on the green sticker on the handle bars.
  • The lock 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 scan the additional bike QR code. 
  • You are all set…your countryside awaits!

When you are out and about you can use the Mobile app to secure the lock as many times as you want. To end the rental though, you must return the bike back to the same place you hired it from and re-secure it to the bike stand.

The maximum hire period allowed is 12 hours and all bikes must be returned and secured within that period. Likewise all bikes must be returned within daylight. 

Download Linka Go from the App Store
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The bikes themselves

At Penshurst Place we have the following bikes:

  • Small – 1 x 16inch frames – suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 28″ (indicative average height 5’3″-5’7″)
  • Medium – 2 x 18 inch frames – suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 30″ (indicative average height 5’7″-5’11”)
  • Large – 3 x 20 inch frames – suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 32″ (indicative average height 5’11”-6’2″)

Please note that pending availability, we can also deliver extra adult bikes as well as children’s bikes in advance of your visit. To enquire about this service, please email hello@countrybike.co.uk

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

Suggested cycle routes and places of interest

Sustran cycle route 12 is mainly off-road. 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.  

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.