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Best places to cycle, skate and scoot this Winter!

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Let’s go on an adventure… there’s not much else to do,
so let’s get cycling, skating or even scooting too!
If you’re looking for the perfect place locally to explore,
Here’s our handy guide with all you need and more!

Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

Enjoy an easy family winter cycle ride along the beach promenade which runs from Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks. Although 10 miles in total, which may be a bit far for little legs, there are numerous car parks and cafes dotted along the route providing the chance for a breather and to take in the spectacular views across to The Isle of Wight, Needles and Old Harry Rocks. Find out more.

Cyclexperience, Hampshire

Explore the glorious New Forest and enjoy a wonderful family day out! With over 200 miles to be explored, Cyclexperience can advise on the best routes to take and help you choose the most suitable bikes for you and your family. Cyclexperience is open all year round, so blow the cobwebs away in the crisp winter air whilst looking out for the world-famous New Forest ponies along the way. Find out more here.

Tarka Trail, Devon

It can be harder to stay fit in winter and in lockdown! But if you and your family love to keep active and be outdoors head to the Tarka Trail in Devon! The trail follows the journey of the famous Tarka the Otter, the inspiration for the track. The cycle track spans around 290km so you’re sure to see some wonderful wildlife and stunning scenery. So get on your bike, get fit and stay in touch with your wild side! Find out more.

Shoreham Skatepark, West Sussex

Located in the coastal town of Shoreham-by-Sea, this skatepark is aimed at both pros and beginners. Designed with plenty of obstacles to show off existing skills or learn something new, it’s a great destination for families of all ages to show off their moves! Find out more.

Studland Peninsular Cycle Trail, Dorset

This gentle 6.5 mile cycle route which will take you across the peninsular, dunes and heathland offers picturesque views of Knoll Beach. Getting around on two wheels is the ideal way to enjoy the winter sunshine whilst spotting some of Studland’s abundant wildlife including insects, birds and deer! Find out more.

Killerton, Devon

There are two safe family cycle tracks to take around the historic parkland at Killerton. The tracks are surfaced and offer beautiful countryside views and the chance to get a great ‘tour’ of the estate including the house, stable blocks and chapel! Find out more.

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

There are various cycle routes at Ashridge which meander through woodland, lush meadows and over small bridges. The 5-mile Duncombe Terrace route is perfect for families and includes surfaced cycle paths running through the forest to make things easier for little legs and inexperienced riders. Find out more.

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path, Somerset

This track along a former railway line links Bristol and Bath. Ideal for a family winter bike ride, it’s a three-metre wide path with a tarmac surface and is an attractive and easy route. There are several opportunities along the way to stop for refreshments and give little ones a chance to rest. Find out more.

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

The Forest of Dean is perfect for a family winter bike ride with a flat cycle route through the forest that’s ideal for all abilities. Children will love passing through tree ‘tunnels’ and racing along the surfaced track which was the old Severn and Wye Railway line – you’ll even see some old stations along the way! The route starts in the Cannop Valley and although 11 miles in total you can always turn back after a few miles. Find out more.

The Tissington Trail, Peak District

The spectacular 13-mile Tissington Trail follows mainly along the trackbed of an old railway line. Suitable for wheelchairs, scooters and pushchairs, the trail is totally traffic-free and ideal for kids who’ll love whizzing under the railway bridges! Towards the southern end (near Mapleton) there is a bit of the trail on a steep incline but the rest is totally flat! Find out more.

Sett Valley Trail, Peak District

If you’re looking for a nice and easy winter cycle ride, this short 2.5 mile trail along a former railway line from New Mills to Hayfield is perfect. Although there are a couple of road crossings along the trail, there’s easy parking, toilets and refreshments at either end. Find out more.

Cardiff to Castell Coch, Wales

Ideal for novice cyclists and children, enjoy a spectacular family riverside ride along the Taff River. The traffic-free and mainly tarmac 9-mile route passes the Millennium Stadium and takes in magical views of the fairytale Castel Coch.  There’s even a café to keep Mum and Dad happy! Find out more.

Ravenglass, Cumbria

The spectacular Eskdale Trail runs for 8.5 miles and is a great destination to blow away the winter blues! Be sure to pre-book your bikes onto the steam train which takes you to Ravenglass then head back on your bikes via the trail to the railway car park. There is a short hilly section but the kids won’t mind if there’s the promise of a steam train ride involved! Find out more.

Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire

As it’s nice and flat, the UK’s longest seafront cycle route is kind to little legs and follows alongside the vast sandy beach at Blackpool. Task the kids with spotting the many famous landmarks along the way including the Tower, Pleasure Beach and Jubilee Gardens. If you make it all the way to the end, you’ll end up at Fleetwood – 12-miles away! Find out more.

Cyclopark, Kent

This exciting centre has a range of great facilities for cycling, running, skateboarding and extreme sports. With something to suit families of all ages, it’s an ideal winter destination to keep fit whilst having fun!  Check out the website for the latest activities. Find out more.

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