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21 family-friendly bike rides in the UK

John Crozier

21 family-friendly bike rides in the UK

Bike Touring Collection by Cycling UK

21

Tours

22:27 h

181 mi

6,550 ft

One of the best things about cycling is that it can be enjoyed at any age. From the tiniest legs using a balance bike, to granny and grandad showing the kids how it’s done, cycling is a great activity for the whole family. That’s why we’ve put together this bumper list of 21 fantastic family-friendly rides.

Our chosen trails are either flat or only have gentle elevation changes to enable everyone to take part, including young children. We’ve chosen some loops but lots of the trails are linear. This means you can adapt the distance to suit your family’s needs and complete a full out-and-back or simply turn around when you want to.

Car parks, visitor centres, cafes, and facilities are all abundant on most of these rides. We’ve picked traffic-free routes too, so you can focus purely on the birds in the trees, the wind in your hair and what flavour ice cream you might order at the end.

Whether you’re looking for family cycle trails to ride during a holiday or for routes closer to home, check out these wonderful bike rides and we’ll see you out there!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:11
    9.62 mi
    8.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Afan Valley is famed for its tough mountain biking routes but it’s also home to a wonderful, traffic-free family trail. There are two versions of the Y Rheilffordd trail …

  • Easy
    01:16
    12.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    How does 13 miles (21 km) of beachside, traffic-free cycle trail sound to you? The Millennium Coastal Path is that and more, passing nature reserves, wetlands and stunning harbours. With …

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  • Easy
    01:00
    9.04 mi
    9.0 mph
    375 ft
    400 ft
    Easy gravel ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At nine miles long (14.5 km) and flat, this is a great cycle trail for the whole family. Taking you from the mountains to the beach, the Mawddach Trail begins …

  • Easy
    00:19
    3.59 mi
    11.2 mph
    50 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At just three-and-a-half miles long (5.6 km), this part of the Lon Las Menai trail links the wonderful town of Caernarfon with Y Felinheli alongside the Menai Strait. As the …

  • Easy
    00:56
    8.61 mi
    9.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Easy to access at both ends, this rural cycle route sends you across flat, gorgeous countryside between Braintree and Dunmow. Mostly traffic-free, this family-friendly route has you pedalling on tarmac …

  • Intermediate
    01:57
    17.1 mi
    8.8 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Great for families with older children used to cycling, the HArTT Route (Helix Around Town Tour) offers a full day adventure around Falkirk, taking in some magnificent sites. Starting at …

  • Easy
    00:57
    6.09 mi
    6.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A six-mile (9 km) trail through glorious evergreen woodland, the Loch an Eilein Route begins from the Rothiemurchus Centre and will spark the imagination of every child (and adult)! Using …

  • Easy
    01:25
    11.7 mi
    8.3 mph
    325 ft
    300 ft
    Easy road ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This has got to be one of the most beautiful cycle rides on our list with spectacular Highland scenery. The Caledonia Way is an extraordinary long-distance cycle path and this …

  • Easy
    00:37
    7.69 mi
    12.4 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy road ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This flat cycle route is ideal for families with children who are comfortable with road riding on quiet lanes. At 7.8 miles (12.5 km), this is a fantastic day out …

  • Easy
    00:15
    2.05 mi
    8.3 mph
    150 ft
    25 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This linear route is short but perfectly formed for young children and family days out. At two miles (3.2 km) long one way, a round trip is still a manageable …

  • Easy
    00:22
    2.54 mi
    6.8 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Just north of the Mourne Mountains, Castlewellan Forest Park is packed with wonderful activities including bike trails for every ability. The Family Trail is perfect for young children as it’s …

  • Difficult
    00:46
    3.42 mi
    4.4 mph
    650 ft
    50 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This woodland trail has fantastic views and a few ups and downs to challenge the legs. Off-road and in a tranquil forest setting, it makes a great place for all …

  • Easy
    01:00
    9.97 mi
    10.0 mph
    275 ft
    75 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The combination of canal path and disused railway track makes this an exceptionally family-friendly bike ride through Derbyshire’s stunning scenery. The trail links Long Eaton to Shipley Country Park and …

  • Intermediate
    03:18
    22.6 mi
    6.8 mph
    400 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Norfolk is a particularly family-friendly cycling county thanks to its low-lying landscape and gorgeous rural surroundings. The Marriott Way makes the most of this abundant greenery and winds for 26 …

  • Easy
    01:03
    9.80 mi
    9.3 mph
    175 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Woodlands, fields and vibrant hedgerows make this completely traffic-free cycle route utter bliss. A former railway track, the Forest Way extends for 10 miles (16 km) between Groombridge and East …

  • Intermediate
    01:10
    10.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    500 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Largely traffic-free, the Cuckoo Trail is a cycle path perfect for families. Starting from Heathfield in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and travelling, more or less due …

  • Easy
    01:17
    9.78 mi
    7.6 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This nine-mile (14.4 km) trail is a fantastic way to explore the majestic Forest of Dean as well as enjoy a fun family bike ride. A circular trail, you cycle …

  • Easy
    00:31
    3.07 mi
    5.9 mph
    50 ft
    25 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This seaside ride is blissfully flat, mostly traffic-free and topped and tailed by ice cream stops. What’s not to love? At three miles (4.8 km) long, the Isle of Wight’s …

  • Easy
    00:14
    1.74 mi
    7.3 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Just outside of Exeter, the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park is a brilliant place to hit the trails with your family. The Discovery Trail is a shared hiking and cycling …

  • Intermediate
    02:32
    16.9 mi
    6.7 mph
    725 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    One of Cornwall’s stunning cycle paths, the Camel Trail is mostly traffic-free and flat; ideal for families. Linear and 18 miles (29 km) long, you can break it down into …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    21
  • Distance
    181 mi
  • Duration
    22:27 h
  • Elevation
    6,550 ft
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21 family-friendly bike rides in the UK