OK, we kinda’ missed the boat when it came to National Cycle Week, probably because we were too engrossed in England’s latest World Cup tragedy. Nevertheless, and rather belatedly, we’ve compiled a short, but rather sweet, list of our five favourite family cycle routes in the UK.
There’s clearly no better feeling than the summer breeze running through your hair whilst you furiously pedal through an enchanted forest with the rest of your clan . . . would you care to agree?
The Wizard Trail, Cheshire
Speaking of an enchanted forest, The Wizard Trail, which is situated in Alderly Edge, is a scenic cycle route that includes plush parkland, old copper mines and even a wizard’s well. The 13 mile route, which should take around 2 – 3 hours to complete, also incorporates Alderly Mill, a 15th century watermill, as well as the tranquil woodland of Hare Hill, both owned by the National Trust – There’s probably no better way to spend a day in Cheshire!
Moor to Sea, North Yorkshire
We really recommend hitting the Moor to Sea cycle route this summer, especially if you’re seeking a little slice of solitude after all that ‘Tour de France’ fever. Believe it or not, you’ve got around 150 miles of pathway to explore, from windswept coastline to demanding moorland, there’s certainly something for everyone here. If you’re heading out with the family, the Whitby to Scarborough route, with a seaside resort at either end, is a secure and spectacular affair.
Wyre Forest, Worcestershire
With a selection box full of family forest cycle trails, Wyre Forest is not only an exciting place to ride, but it’s also claimed to be one of the most ecologically important forests in Britain. With fresh and fun aplenty, you can always opt for the thrill of ‘Go Ape’ if you’re not too keen on cycling along the disused railway line, or getting up close and personal with the wondrous woodland landscape.
Elan Valley, Powys
Be warned. The stunning scenery may take your breath away. Well, you wouldn’t expect anything less from mid-Wales, would you? The Elan Valley trail is essentially a linear route that follows the line of the old Birmingham Corporation Railway. Stretching, weaving and roaming through the valley, the path is virtually flat, so immerse yourself in the history of Barnes-Wallis and the compelling story behind the Dambusters.
The Cuckoo Trail, Sussex
If you’re heading towards the South East, more specifically the East Sussex area, then the 14 mile Cuckoo Trail is well worth a shot. Accessible, green and traffic free countryside will greet you as you pedal through the corridor of grass verges, along this former railway line. Open up your senses and keep a watchful eye out for some natural wildflowers and wildlife. The trail is part of the National Cycle Route and perfect for families seeking something a little less demanding.
Whether you’re looking to get away for the day, or maybe your thinking about incorporating said bike ride into your wider family holiday, here are just a few of the places that we like to get to!