With the promise of a sunny bank holiday weekend ahead of us, it's the perfect excuse to grab all of the family and head out on a brilliant bike ride.
The UK is full of beautiful forests, coastal pathways and picturesque cities to cycle through with hidden treasures to keep the children entertained.
Bribe them onto their bikes with the lure of a visit to Cadbury World or stop them constantly asking "are we there yet?" by following the entertaining solar system trail from York to Selby. Whatever you fancy, there's a family friendly bike ride here to suit you.
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Spanning 27,000 acres of ancient oak woodland and coniferous forest, the Forest of Dean makes for a fantastic family day out. Pack a picnic and pile the kids into the car and head to the forest for a day's worth of cycling. Pedalabikeaway in Cannop, rents out a range of bikes from adult's to children's, tandems to trailers, all ideal for completing the twelve mile circular Family Cycle Trail. Rows of oak trees and blooming bluebells line the traffic-free trail making it a picturesque and enjoyable route for all.
Travel from Mercury to Neptune, pausing at Jupiter for lunch, as you cycle along York's Solar System route. This scale model of the solar system is spread out over 6.4 miles of disused railway tracks and is a fun and innovative way of teaching your children about the planets. Keep them entertained by placing bets on who can travel from Earth to Mars the quickest or turn it into a treasure hunt hiding clues at each planet.
Spend the morning cycling the six mile chocolate trail with the promise of an afternoon at Cadbury World spurring any reluctant children (and adults) on to the finish line. Starting at Rowheath Playing Fields follow a series of primarily traffic-free paths and canal towpaths around Birmingham's prettiest parks before arriving at the chocolate capital, Bournville. From here it's just a quick ride to the real life Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory - Cadbury World.
With a choice of cycling trails, Haldon Forest has plenty to offer keen cyclists of all ages. For families the one and a half mile easy Discovery Trail and the slightly more difficult seven and a half mile Challenge Trail are must dos. Children's play parks, old forts, BBQ spots and picnic areas can be found tucked away along the trails allowing you to break up the routes with a spot of lunch or a quick go on the swings. Bikes can be hired from the Forest Cycle Hire and cycle trails begin at Haldon Gateway.
This seven mile coastal cycle path is completely traffic-free and affords riders beautiful views over the Gower Peninsula. The Millennium Coastal Path starts at Llanelli Discovery Centre and after passing through Sandy Water Park, Ashpit Ponds Nature Reserve, Burry Port Marina and Pembrey Forest, it ends in Pembrey Country Park. Along the way cyclists can ride through a rare sand dune forest, spot up to 35 species of butterflies and even the odd bird of prey. Once you've arrived at Pembrey Country Park you can choose between trying out some of the cycling tracks around the park or extend your ride by heading out to Kidwelly Castle or joining up to the Swansea Bike Path.
Take the family along the UK's longest seafront cycle route pedalling along the promenade from Blackpool to Fleetwood. The twelve mile route passes by a number of seaside attractions that you can stop off at as you please or hit up on the way back. Ride a roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, take a panoramic snapshot from the top of Blackpool Tower, eat an ice cream on one of the three piers, stop for a game of pitch and putt at Anchorsholme Park, play in the wave machine at the UK's biggest water park and check out the sculptures at The Great Promenade Show. You're certain not to be bored cycling along this route.
Twenty one miles in length, the Lisburn to Jordanstown cycle route can seem a bit daunting to take the whole family on but it's flat, traffic-free trail makes it accessible to riders of all ages and abilities. Starting in the riverside city of Lisburn, the route takes you waterside to Clement Wilson Park and on into the centre of Belfast. You could stop off here for lunch or to visit Belfast Castle or the zoo before continuing on to Belfast Lough and Jordanstown. If at any point you fancy a break from cycling, the route follows a train line with bicycle-carrying carriages that you can hop onto to give your legs a rest.
Another lengthy cycle route, the thirty three mile Water Rail Way trail is flat and traffic-free and runs from Lincoln to Kirkstead Bridge. Running along the route of the former Lincoln to Boston railway line, cyclists can follow a sculpture trail inspired by the works of poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. Once you've arrived at Kirkstead Bridge you can choose to head into Woodhall Spa village or follow the rail way further to Langrick Bridge or Boston. It is also possible to complete a shorter stint of this trail with plenty of turn around points along the route.
A short, easy cycle route, the seven mile Cardiff to Castell Coch trail can be completed in just a couple of hours. Starting from the Victorian-designed Bute Park, you will cycle past the Millennium Stadium and Melingriffith Water Pump before arriving at the turreted, fairy-tale like Castell Coch. This cycle route is a short stretch of the 55 mile Taff Trail which runs between Cardiff and Brecon - perhaps one for a day when you don't have the kids in tow.
An easy cycle route along the Avon canal, the Bath to Bradford-on-Avon bike ride is a small seven mile section of the 85 mile Kennet and Avon cycle route from Bath to Reading. Passing two limestone aqueducts and a pumping station, all of which have been fully restored to working order, you can cycle along a seemingly endless pretty canal path keeping an eye out for all of the wildlife along route.
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