On your bike

462363123Cycling is a fun way to get the whole family active in the great outdoors this summer. Take a look at our favourite riding routes to get you and yours out and about

Top forests

Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park, Snowdonia

With play areas, picnic sites and beautiful waterfalls set against the dramatic views of Cadair Idris, Coed-y-Brenin. See forestry.gov.uk/coedybrenin.

Bedgebury Forest

Ideal for cycling and adventure play. Don’t miss the National Pinetum, the world’s finest conifer collection along your route – perfect for picnics. See forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury.

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nottinghamshire

This 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 all-weather network. See forestry.gov.uk/sherwoodpines.

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

The 11-mile, purpose-built surface of the Family Cycle Route is flat, circular and great for all ages. It starts in the stunning Cannop Valley. See visitforestofdean.co.uk.

Top promenades

Hastings to Bexhill, East Sussex

This fantastic traffic-free coastal cycle route is ideal for beginner cyclists and runs alongside the seafront offering wonderful sea views. See eastsussex.gov.uk.

Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool

Starting at Otterspool Park, this is a five-mile, traffic-free ride beside the River Mersey that passes Tate Liverpool and the famous Beatles Museum. See visitliverpool.com.

Blackpool, Lancashire

With over 12 miles of promenade, it’s the UK’s longest seafront cycle route and is suitable for learner bikers. See visitblackpool.com.

Estuary Trail, Essex

This seafront trail has some of the most breath-taking views of the Thames Estuary and is part of the National Cycle Network route 16, which runs all the way into London. See visitsouthend.co.uk.

Heacham to Old Hunstanton, Norfolk

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. See visitwestnorfolk.com.

Viking Coastal Trail, Kent

Covering 32-miles, taking in the coast of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, the trail provides family friendly cycling on traffic-free promenades and broad sea walls. See visitthanet.co.uk.

Top abandoned railways

Stratford Greenway, Warwickshire

Originally part of the Stratford-Honeyborne railway, the Greenway 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. See sustrans.org.uk.

The Longdendale Trail, Derbyshire

Situated in the Upper Longdendale Valley, within the Peak District National Park. The route follows the line of the former Manchester to Sheffield railway, converted to a safe, traffic-free trail for everyone. See peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk.

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. See peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk.

The Strawberry Line, Somerset

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. See thestrawberryline.co.uk.

Top country parks

Haddo Country Park, Scotland

The stunning Haddo House Country Park has everything from a play park, great cycling paths to pretty woodland areas. See aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Seven Sisters Country Park, Sussex

Seven Sisters comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, river valley and open grassland. The valley floor provides the ideal terrain for cycling with a flat surfaced path along the Cuckmere River leading all the way to the beach. See sevensisters.org.uk.

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 traffic-free trails. See visitleevalley.org.uk.

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. See moors-valley.co.uk.

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