10 family-friendly cycle routes in the UK
Cycling to the seaside from Surrey on the Downs Link
Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael recommends cycling from Guildford town centre, along the River Wey Navigation to join the Downs Link path 36 miles to Shoreham-by-Sea. The Downs Link is an old railway line that has been converted to a path for cycling and walking. It's mostly traffic-free and can be easily ridden by very small children in sections.
3-mile family-friendly route in Glasgow city centre
Cycling UK is part of Play Together on Pedals which has taught more than 8,000 children in Glasgow and Edinburgh to cycle since 2014, This route 3 mile route is perfect for families looking for a quiet and safe route to build up cycling confidence.
Traffic-free loop in Edinburgh
Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre (ABC) is a Cycling UK project that supports people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get cycling using a range of adaptive cycles as well as standard solo bikes. This 4-mile route in the North of Edinburgh is perfect for children who have just started to cycle.
Norbury Loop in Shropshire
Liz Colebrook has helped many children learn to cycle, she created this 16-mile loop in Shropshire that is not too hilly but perfect for older children who want to go a bit further.
Milford-on-sea to Lymington
Cycling UK's Vice President Josie Dew is rather more adventurous than average, but this 10-mile route along the coast in Hampshire is great for children who have mastered the art of cycling, but want to explore more than the local park.
Portsmouth Harbour to Hayling Island
The coast of the UK offers some stunning views and great beaches. This route also by Josie Dew gives a 15-mile challenge with plenty of places to stop along the way for a rest and snack.
Western shore of Windermere
The Lake District is a popular family holiday destination, Cycling UK member and author of CycleSprog Karen Gee recommends a 9-mile potter with your children along the western shore of Windermere.
Green Quarter Fell
If you want to start mountain biking with your children and want something different to a trail centre, try Green Quarter Fell. It is a 10 mile loop Karen Gee from Cycle Sprog recommends.
Seacombe Ferry to New Brighton
Chris Alston is Cycling UK's Cycling Development Officer for Liverpool City Region, this is his favourite route for beginners and young children. It is a relatively flat, traffic free route meaning we can relax and enjoy the views of the Liverpool Waterfront and iconic Royal Liver Building which are instantly in sight as you depart Seacombe Ferry Terminal.
Vaneesa Kelly is a Cycling Projects Officer for Cambridgeshire County Council, and one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling for 2018. Here's a great loop around Cambridge City Centre where there are motor-traffic restrictions.