The uniquely charming geography of the British Isles make it a fantastic place for a family bike ride, even more so in the wake of recent investments in biking initiatives. Successes in the world of professional cycling from the likes of Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy have inspired the country to get outside and get cycling.
Cycling is a fantastic form of exercise for the whole family and can serve as an incredible bonding experience. Here are five of the best cycle routes that his country has to offer you and your family this summer.
Hastings and Bexhill Waterfront, East Sussex
Riding alongside a railway line; this flat route is ideal for families with younger members. At three miles long, the route is long enough to offer the family a good workout and plenty of scenic views out over the sea.
There are no risks of traffic on this route either, making it even better suited to young families. The majority of the route is paved but there is a small section on a shingle beach. Trains travel into Hasting regularly from London and the South Coast making it accessible for a large number of people.
Treat Yourself: The De La Warr Pavilion is a charming restaurant and café bar serving soups, sandwiches, teas, coffees and cakes.
Bath Two Tunnels Circuit, Somerset
A slightly longer route at 13 miles, the Bath Two Tunnels Circuit comprises of two National Cycle Network routes that have combined over the years. The undemanding course has plenty of off-road, undemanding sections that are perfect for families with smaller children.
The circuit contains Britain’s longest cycling tunnel, Combe Down. At a mile-long, the new surface offers little resistance and means you simply glide along the road. After emerging from the tunnel, you will be able to take in Midford Castle, once owned by Nicholas Cage.
Treat Yourself: The Angelfish Café offers panoramic views over the canal and homemade food.
Sky Ride, Manchester
One of the largest Sky Ride events in the country, the Manchester instalment gives riders of all ages the chance to cycle through the city without the worry of traffic. The route takes in many of the city’s historic and modern landmarks.
Organised in partnership with Sky Television, Halfords, Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council; Sky Ride is a fantastic way to meet new people with the same passion for cycling.
Treat Yourself: The Bike Café along the route has a festival atmosphere allowing all participants to relax with a drink.
Y Dramffordd, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
A hugely popular route in the welsh county of Pembrokeshire; Y Dramffordd is a part of the longer Celtic Trail. This 2 mile route is perfectly suited for families who are seeking a fun Sunday cycle. The route is well-paved throughout, making it ideal for littler legs.
On nice days, this route is particularly popular with fellow cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users, meaning that you will have to be conscious of others. With sprawling hills and coastal views, Y Dramffordd is a perfect place to while away a few hours with the family.
Treat Yourself: The sea air and beautiful views make this the ideal place for a family picnic after a bike ride.
Tissington Trail, Peak District
The picturesque Tissington Trail runs close to part of the first leg of this year’s Tour de France. Whilst the professionals were tasked with gruelling uphill climbs, the Tissington Trail offers cyclists a flat route built upon an old railway line.
The 13 mile route through the heart of Derbyshire countryside is a relaxed, traffic-free route benefitting from a couple of bicycle hire shops and cafes. The route also offers riders the opportunity to stop in on the historical village of Tissington, famous for its eponymous hall.
Treat Yourself: Herbert’s Fine English Tearooms in Tissington Hall is every bit as charming and quant as it sounds.
If you and the family are considering any of these routes or the multitude of others in the country, visit the All Round Fun bicycle page for excellent deals on bikes, or call on 0800 043 0437 to speak to our dedicated sales team.