Family friendly bike routes in the UK

15 Family friendly bike routes in the UK

Thursday 06th Jun 2024 |

Whether you’re off on a biking holiday or you’re simply looking for a new route or destination to cycle as a family this summer, we’ve put together 15 family-friendly routes you could be peddling to in the coming summer months, in England, Wales and Scotland.

Wherever you’re going for your family holidays UK this summer, there are plenty of cycle routes out there for all ages and abilities.

Scroll down to discover some cycleways you could be exploring soon:

England

  1. Forest of Dean – Located in Gloucestershire, this nine-mile cycle route is perfect for beginners and for those who wish to immerse themselves in nature within the forest.
  2. The Phoenix Trail – This 7.5 mile trail is located in both Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, between Princes Risborough and Thame. The route is flat, well-surfaced and traffic-free.
  3. Cuckoo Trail – If you have a budding artist or sculptor in your family, this 11-mile cycle route from Polegate to Heathfield in East Sussex could be the route for you. Along the route, you may spot a few oak and metal sculptures which have been created by local artists.
  4. Red Squirrel Trail – If you’re searching for a longer route to cycle this summer, one that also has an element of searching for animals in their natural habitat, the Red Squirrel Trail is a 32-mile loop waiting for you. The loop is flat, perfect for all the family, and comes with the chance of spotting a red squirrel roaming around.
  5. Dalby Forest – Located in Yorkshire, this trail is popular amongst families with smaller children, due to the option of a 1.7-mile route or a slightly bigger route of 2.8 miles. This route is better known as the Ellerburn Trail.

Wales

  • Swansea Bike Path – This six-mile cycle route is traffic-free and takes you along the coast, offering views of Oystermouth Castle and the Gower Peninsula.
  • Lon Eifion Trail – Situated along a section of an old railway line, linking Caernarfon with the old slate harbour of Port Dinorwig, this 3.5-mile cycle path is a great route for all the family.
  • Clydach Gorge – Located west of Abergavenny, this cycle route is an easy cycleway with only one steep part. Within the 7.9-miles, there are plenty of views to take in, including views of Clydach Gorge itself, Skirrid Mountains, Brecon Beacons, and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
  • The Millennium Coastal Path – Starting at the Discovery Centre in Llanelli, this coastal cycle path leads you to the Pembrey County Path. In total, this coastal cycleway is a smooth, flat, traffic-free 4.5 miles.
  • The Three Parks Trail – A 13-mile, traffic-free cycle route that leads you in and around three of Wales’ parks. If cycling with some budding artists and sculptors, be sure to keep an eye out for a large sculpture called Wheel of Drams. For any nature lovers in your cycle pack, you’ll also peddle through ancient wild oak wood and parkland.

Scotland

  1. Loch Katrine – If you’re looking for a day out that includes a bike ride, this could be the place for you. Not only does Loch Katrine offer a 13-mile bike route, but there’s also the opportunity to ride a steamboat, alongside the perfect picnic spot!
  2. Argyll Forest Park – How about cycling through Britain’s oldest Forest Park? Not far from Glasgow, this is the perfect location for those who wish to do a spot of cross-country mountain biking.
  3. Tentsmuir – Located south of Dundee, this pine forest with windswept sands and plentiful wildlife to spot is home to a network of level and firm trails offering easy cycling routes for all that visit.
  4. Laggan Wolftrax – Near Newtonmore, this mountain biking trail centre is a great place for all ages, offering an array of routes to choose from.
  5. Culbin Forest– Located near Inverness, this cycleway destination offers riders the choice of where their adventure takes them in both cycle length and view opportunities. There’s plenty of wildlife to discover and forest tracks to peddle around.

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