Biking is a great way to get kids outside and having fun! There’s no easier way of getting the little ones into cycling than by giving them their own bike. Cycling can be an excellent form of exercise in all sorts of different environments, so it really doesn’t matter where you’re going as long as there are some bikes available for use.
Cycling trails are one of the best ways to explore a new region. Here we’ve compiled a list of 6 fantastic family friendly cycling routes around Great Britain for you to try! These generally allow walkers and even horse riders, though it is always recommended that cyclists should venture out on two wheels if possible.
The former Midland Railway line is a traffic free route that runs for 8.5 miles between Chee Dale and Bakewell, taking in some fantastic Peak District scenery as well as going through old railway tunnels to make your journey extra adventurous!
If you’re a cyclist looking for an adventure, this is the perfect route. There are many places to stop and explore along the way like Glasgow & Loch Lomond – all without having to worry about your bike!
One of Scotland’s first long distance cycle paths has been created from just outside Glasgow up through beautiful Loch Lomond (or however far you wish). Alongside parks, riverside trails and train stations on the way there if legs do get tired during your journey; take advantage of being able to hop right back onto the train at any time with ease.
Bewl Water is the largest stretch of open water in England, and we’ve featured it in our ‘6 Great Cycle Routes across the UK’ blog because you’ll find a fantastic place to exercise. Set amidst outstanding natural beauty; there are endless views for your eyes to explore as well as many things that will pique your interest on this 12.5 mile long track around the reservoir!
After a long day of work, the idea of biking over 7 miles to get back home may seem like an impossible task. However, if you start in Cardiff and head towards Castell Coch – one beautiful castle that sits on top of a hill overlooking all around it- then your journey will be worth every pedal stroke! The Taff Trail is 55 miles total but this first section from Cardiff takes cyclists past many great sights including Millenium Stadium (if any sports fanatics are reading) as well as plenty more natural treasures before they reach their final destination.
The Buxton to Ashbourne railway line is 13 miles long and perfect for all riders. The trail is mostly flat, making it easier on cyclists of any skill level while also being traffic-free. Along the way, you can visit a restored old signal box (and go inside) and explore 600 meters of the tunnel into Ashbourne!
The Forest of Dean, England has something for everyone! If you want to go on a high-adrenaline mountain bike ride through the woods then there’s no better place than this forest. The scenery is stunning and will have your heart racing. There are family-friendly trails as well with routes connecting old railway lines and wide stone paths that take in natural beauty like it was intended.