Let’s Go Ride a Bike
To help set children off on the right track, balance bike specialists Kiddimoto has put together their top suggestions of where to ride, in conjunction with the launch of their new Super Junior Max balance bikeâ¦â
Offering a safe, healthy off-road environment, forests can make a great stomping ground to get children's first experience of cycling off to a flying startâ¦
Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park, Snowdonia - There's something for every member of the family and skill set. For tiny tots getting to grips with balance, there's a fun beginner pump track. With play areas, numerous picnic sites and beautiful surrounding with waterfalls, an abandoned gold mine, dramatic views of Cadair Idris, and tranquil river spots, it's an ideal place to go ride a bike this summer. Click HERE for further details.
Bedgebury Forest, Kent â Ideal for family cycling, walks and picnics Bedgebury Forest offers safe, healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities with a selection of adventure play areas to enjoy on route. Click HERE for further details.
Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nottinghamshire â The regions premier venue for off road cycling and has a wide variety of trails for all abilities. The Family Cycle route covers a three mile loop that starts at the Visitors Centre and loops through the forest on an extensive all-weather network. Click HERE for further details.
Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire â The11 mile, purpose built surface of the Family Cycle Route is flat, circular and great for all ages. It starts in the Cannop Valley, whisking past trees in tranquillity. Click HERE for further details.
The traditional British seaside promenade provides even, flat surfaces, safely away from the road for children to begin honing in on their balance and coordination skills, whilst mum and dad can enjoy a relaxing stroll and take in the sea air!
Hastings to Bexhill, East Sussex â A part of National Cycle Route 2, this fantastic traffic-free coastal cycle route is ideal for beginner cyclists that want to ride away from motorised traffic. The route runs alongside the seafront offering wonderful sea views.
Blackpool, Lancashire â With over 12 miles of promenade, it's the UKs longest seafront cycle route and a part of National Cycle Route 62 and makes provides terrain for learner balance bikers. Click here for further details.
Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool â Starting at Otterspool Park, this is a five-mile, traffic-free saunter beside the River Mersey, passing Tate Liverpool and the Beatles Museum. Click HERE for further details.
Viking Coastal Trail, Kent â One of the most attractive circular cycle routes in Kent, covering 32-miles, taking in the coast of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, the trail provides family friendly cycling on level, traffic free promenades and broad sea walls. Click HERE for further details.
Heacham to Old Hunstanton, Norfolk â A varied and pleasant route with even terrain, making for an effortless cycling route â ideal for beginners - with stunning landscapes of ocean and beach; from the quiet beach-hut lined promenade of Heacham, along the popular sea front attractions of Hunstanton, to the cliffs and rugged shoreline of Old Hunstanton.
Estuary Trail, Essex - Encompassing many of Southend's key attractions, the seafront trail has some of the most breath-taking views of the Thames Estuary and is also part of the National Cycle Network route 16 which runs all the way into London. Click HERE for further details.
Top Disused Railways
Disused railways can make ideal places for children to learn to ride, even terrain for long stretches in often tranquil, quiet settings.
Tissington Trail, Derbyshire - A wonderful traffic-free 13 mile route from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay. Enjoy sweeping views over the rolling green dales of the White Peak around Alsop, plus a chance to explore the exquisite estate village of Tissington. Mostly flat, the trail is well surfaced and a convenient car park. Click HERE for further details.
Forest Way Country Park, Kent - Enjoy the peace and quiet of the stunning countryside in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Flat, level, wide tree-lined track through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The trail is a disused railway track. Click HERE for further details.
The Strawberry Line, Somerset â A traffic-free ride with no steep gradients, taking in a variety of landscapes from flat marshes and cider apple orchards around Yatton, wooded valleys and a tunnel through the Mendips, to historic Axbridge and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge. Click HERE for further details.
Bristol & Bath Railway Path, Avon â This popular 13 mile route begins in the historic port of Bristol, and passes via Mangotsfield, Warmley and Salford before arriving in the heart of Bath. The path features a variety of sculptures (including a drinking giant!) and working steam engines at the old train station at Britton. Click HERE for further details.
Stratford Greenway, Warwickshire - Originally part of the Stratford-Honeyborne railway, the Greenway is a high quality surfaced path suitable for cyclists. It is part of the National Cycle Network, forming a five mile section of the West Midlands Cycle Route, which links Oxford to Derby via Birmingham. The Greenway is traffic free, but you will need to cross some minor roads along the way. Click HERE for further details.
The Longdendale Trail, Derbyshire - Situated in the Upper Longdendale Valley, within the Peak District National Park. Starting in Hadfield, cruise along a smooth dirt track all the way up to the Woodhead Tunnel â accompanied the whole way by rather spectacular moorland scenery. The route follows the line of the former Manchester to Sheffield railway, converted to a safe, traffic-free trail for everyone. Click HERE for further details.
Top Country Parks
A perfect place to explore whilst learning to ride, country parks combine peaceful off-road riding with even, often surfaced, trails within scenic surrounds that enable the family to benefit from the best mother-nature has to offer.
Lee Valley Country Park - River Lee Country Park stretches between Waltham Abbey in Essex and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. This 1,000 acre park has a huge variety of activities to enjoy and is perfect for kids and families to enjoy a cycle ride along miles of traffic free trails. Click HERE for further details.
Margam Country Park, Wales - provides an excellent place for family cycling. Where better to enjoy the countryside and get fit at the same time! Click HERE for further details.
Moors Valley Country Park - There are many miles of paths and tracks through Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. You are welcome to cycle on any of the gravel or tarmac paths however the best paths for cycling are waymarked. Click HERE for further details.
Severn Sisters Country Park, Sussex â Named after the famous Seven Sisters that form part of the chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast, that form one of Britain's finest unspoilt coastlines. The country park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, river valley and open chalk grassland. The valley floor provides ideal terrain for children to find their feet cycling, with a flat surfaced path beside the meandering Cuckmere river, leading all the way to the beach; ideal for picnics! Click HERE for further details.
Haddo Country Park, Scotland - a lovely place for families, couples or on your own, the amazing Haddo House country park has everything! a play park, great cycling path. woodland area. Click HERE for further details.
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