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At TWC we love to find a way to make every national holiday revolve around cycling and for Easter, we've thought up a trooper of an excuse to get out pedalling - Easter egg hunts by bike.

The kids will love it, the oldies will love it and the cycle-mad amongst us will be in our element too. It's sure to be a winner all round.

If you're good at planning ahead, you could set out early on Sunday morning and leave a trail of eggs ready for your children to find later on.

Or, you could take it easy and head along to an organised egg hunt instead. Pick one a few miles from home and you'll get to enjoy a short stint of continuous pedalling before the hunt begins and you have to pull over each time someone spies a glimmer of colourful foil in the grass.

Here's a sneaky peek at the five best Easter egg hunts by bike taking place around the country in the lead up to Easter weekend. Pick the one closest to you and get ready to pedal your way to panniers full of chocolate eggs. Good luck!

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Better By Bike, Sustrans and Bristol City Council have all teamed up to organise this Easter cycling extravaganza in Manor Woods Valley on Saturday 28th March.

Sure to be an excellent family day out, kids and adults can choose to complete the Easter egg hunt on bikes, scooters or walking and there's plenty of other activities taking place to keep the kids entertained all day long.

Dr Bunny will be on hand to carry out safety checks on your children's bikes, kids will be able to have their faces painted and there will be lots of games to be played.

There will even be savoury eggs for purchase for those visitors without a sweet tooth in the form of locally made Scotch eggs - a great way to get the kids to eat at least one snack that isn't chocolate this Easter!

The entire day is completely free, just turn up with the whole family between 11am-3pm ready for some Easter cycling fun.

Take a look at the event website for more information.

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A couple of days after Easter, Sky Ride have organised a 5 mile circular Easter egg hunt ride for mums, dads and children.

An easy-going route, the ride is expected to last for around two hours and is suitable for mountain bikes and hybrids. Parents can bring little ones in baby seats or in trailers but kids riding on their own must be able to do so without stabilisers.

All participants will set off on the ride together searching for clues left by the Easter Bunny to discover where all the Easter eggs are hiding. At the end of the ride every child will receive a chocolate egg.

The ride is free and places can be booked on Sky Ride's website. Helmets must be worn.

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Taking place in Sutton Park on 27 April between 11am-4pm, Bike North's Easter egg hunt by bike is a completely free event and open to everyone.

There's no need to book, you can just turn up on the day with your family in tow and head to the registration desk to receive your egg map. A trail of numbered eggs will have been set up all around the park and you can complete the course as quickly or as slowly as you like.

Bikes are also available to hire from Wyndley Leisure Centre but these must be pre-booked by calling 0121 464 7742.

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Free for all the family, Sky Ride have organised another Easter egg hunt by bike but this time it's in Nene Park in Peterborough.

Taking place at 10am on Sunday 8 April, everyone is welcome to participate in the hunt as long as they are on a bicycle. Everyone who takes part will also get entered into a free prize draw, and all children will get given an Easter egg too.

In the afternoon there are two non-egg related family bike rides taking place around the park too. These are both organised by Sky Ride and set off from the Watersports Centre at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

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The weekend before Easter, Life Cycle UK have organised a tandem ride and Easter egg hunt for young people in Somerset.

Life Cycle UK are an innovative charity who have been working hard since 1996 to encourage people of all ages and abilities to make cycling a part of their daily lives.

To support their work and find out a bit more about what they do, grab the kids and head to Portishead to take part in the leisurely ride along the river complete with the promise of lots of chocolate and a tasty lunch.

To find out more, send an email to: tandemrides@lifecycleuk.org.uk