Let’s go on a day out to cycle, skate or scoot,
Here’s our handy guide with all the best routes!
From Bournemouth, Devon, Wales and more,
There’s so much for you and the family to explore!
Bournemouth Beach, Dorset
Enjoy an easy cycle along the promenade which runs form Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks. It’s 10 miles in total so a bit far for little legs but there are numerous car parks and cafes along the way that you can just cover a few miles, whilst enjoying the spectacular views across to The Isle of Wight, Needles and Old Harry Rocks. (You can’t ride between 10am-6pm in July & August as it’s too busy!)
Studland Peninsula Cycle Trail, Dorset
This is a gentle route that will take you across the peninsular, dunes and heathland, with picturesque view of Knoll Beach. The kids can even enjoy spotting some wildlife including deer, insects and birds! It’s 6.5 miles long.
There are 2 safe family cycle tracks to take around the historic parkland at Killerton. You will see beautiful countryside views, plus get a great ‘tour’ of the estate including the House, stable blocks and chapel!
Ashridge Estate Buckinghamshire
There are various routes to take through woodland, over small bridges and lush meadows. The Duncombe Terrace route is perfect for families as it’s only 5 miles long and there are surfaced cycle paths through the forest which makes things easier for little legs and inexperienced riders.
The Bristol and Bath Railway Path, Somerset
This track along a former railway line links Bristol and Bath. It is 3m wide path with a tarmaced surface all the way and is an attractive and easy route, with several opportunities along the way to stop for refreshments.
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
There is a flat cycle route through the forest, perfect for all abilities. Children will love passing through tree ‘tunnels’ and racing along the surfaced track which was the old Severn ad Wye Railway line- you will even see some old stations! It’s 11 miles in total but with little ones you can always turn back after a few miles. The route starts in the Cannop Valley.
The Tissington Trail- Peak District
A 13 mile route mainly along the trackbed of an old railway line. It’s even suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs! It’s traffic free and kids will love whizzing under the railway bridges! Towards the Southern end (near Mapleton) there is a bit on a steep incline but the rest is totally flat!
Sett Valley Trail, Peak District
A nice and easy short trail along a former railway line, from New Mills to Hayfield. There’s easy parking at either end, plus toilets and a refreshments. There are couple of pad crossings to watch out for though.
Cardiff to Castell Coch, Wales
Take a lovely riverside ride along the Taff River. The route is mainly tarmac and children will enjoy seeing the wonderful Castell Coch as it appears ( there’s even a café there to keep Mum and Dad happy!). The route is 14miles return.
The Eskdale Trail runs for 8 miles. It’s a little out of the ordinary in that you must pre-book your bikes onto the steam train, which takes you to Ravenglass then you can head back on the bikes via the trail to the railway car park! There is a short hilly section but surely the kids won’t mind getting sore legs if a train ride is involved too!
Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire
This is the UK longest seafront Cycle route, it runs along the beach and is nice and flat so kind on the legs! Along the watt you will spot many famous landmarks including, the Tower, Pleasure Beach and the Jubilee Gardens! If you go all the way you will end up at Fleetwood 12 miles away!
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