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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 117 - 27 August 2010

Perfect backdrop for Tour of Britain spectators

Tour of Britain 2010The National Trust has teamed up with The Tour of Britain to provide spectators with free parking and the perfect backdrop to enjoy Britain’s most exhilarating cycle race of the year [1].

For the first time in The Tour of Britain’s history, cyclists will be weaving through the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Spectators parking at any of the National Trust locations lining this new route will be close to the action and perfectly situated to witness the cornerstone of the British cycling calendar.

Stage 6 will see riders pass the front gates of Blickling Hall near Aylsham, and a short distance from the entrance of Sheringham Park near Cromer. This will be followed by the entrances of Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds and Melford Hall in Long Melford (location of an intermediate Sprint) during Stage 7.

Blickling HallPhilip Broadbent-Yale is the National Trust’s Outdoors Manager in the East of England and a keen cyclist himself; “There’s an incredible social buzz with spectator sports such as this, whether you’re interested in cycling or not, you can’t help but feel exhilarated watching the riders speed past.

“It’s great to see The Tour passing so close to so many National Trust sites. By opening our car parks for free on race days, we’re helping to keep the highways clear in the communities surrounding our properties. They also create a stunning backdrop and an ideal base for anyone wanting to make a day of it and explore the area.

“If you haven’t visited in a while, this is the perfect time. It’s a great opportunity to discover some of our regions most loved houses and gardens; and the Trust’s outdoor spaces where cyclists will be in their element, especially at Blickling and Ickworth where there are miles of cycle paths for all the family to enjoy,” he reveals.

“We’re really pleased that the National Trust has come onboard to support The Tour of Britain,” said Race Director Mick Bennett.

Tour of Britain 2010“The buildings that the Trust cares for are iconic landmarks in the East and create stunning surroundings to watch this cycling spectacle. But we hope that The Tour also leaves a lasting legacy that will inspire more people to get out on their bikes, in the beautiful parks and estates such as these.”

For those parking at Blickling Hall in Norfolk, why not take advantage of their cycle hire facilities? There are a whole range of different bikes on offer and although normally open at weekends, Blickling’s cycle hire will be open on race day for those wanting to explore the park.

Also, special arrangements have been made to open Melford Hall early on race day, visit the gardens and tearoom anytime from 11am.

[1] Stage Six

Car parks open for free on Thursday 16 September, it’s advised you arrive early before roads close:

Sheringham Park, within short walking distance, estimated time of riders arrival 12.47pm

Blickling Hall, estimated time of riders arrival 13.28

Also in the area is Felbrigg Hall, gardens are open for those visiting the area after the race. Car parking free.