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Top 10 Family Friendly Cycling Routes In The UK

Thursday 17th August 2017
By Kay Knight
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By Kay Knight
We know that family time is so important but keeping the little ones happy can be easier said than done, so we’ve found you 10 of the most family friendly cycling routes in the UK. What better way to keep the kids occupied than an adventure on two wheels!

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Tower Knowe Visitor Centre to Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder Forest, Northumberland

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

15.5 miles roundtrip - 2.5 to 3.5 hours duration


  • Art & Architecture spots

  • Scenic viewpoints

  • Ferry for tired little legs

The Monsal Trail, Peak District

The Monsal Trail

8.5 miles – 1.25 hours duration


  • Traffic free route

  • Unused railway tunnels

  • View of Water-Cum-Jolly Dale

Cuckoo Trail – Polegate to Heathfield, East Sussex

Cuckoo Trail

11 miles – 1.75 hours duration


  • Hellingly Millennium Arboretum

  • Nesting birds

  • Sculptures along the route

The Rob Roy Loop, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, Scotland

The Rob Roy Loop

13 miles – 2 hours duration


  • Historic Grave of Rob Roy

  • Red Squirrels

  • Views of Loch Lubnaig and Ben Ledi

The Mushroom Trail, Grizedale Forest, Lake District

The Mushroom Trail

7 miles – 1 hour duration


  • Go Ape treetop obstacle course on site

  • Fine the hidden mushrooms along the way

  • Perfect for kids

Family Cycle Trail, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Family Cycle Trail

11 miles – 1.75 hours duration


  • Severn and Wye Railway Line

  • Abandoned coal mines

  • Mallards Pike Lake

Sandown Cycle Trail, Sandown, Isle of Wight

Sandown Cycle Trail

5 miles circular trail – 30 minutes duration


  • Dinosaur Isle

  • Isle of Wight Zoo along the way

  • Good for wildlife

Red Squirrel Trail, Isle of Wight

Red Squirrel Trail

23 miles – 5 to 6 hours duration


  • Red Squirrels

  • Medina Estuary

  • Train options for tired little legs

Par Beach to the Eden Project Clay Trail, Cornwall

Par Beach to the Eden Project Clay Trail

4 miles – 30 minutes duration


  • Coastal views

  • The Eden Project

  • Par Nature reserve

The Marriots Way Cycle Route, Norwich, Norfolk

The Marriots Way Cycle Route

15 miles – 2 to 3 hours duration


  • Largely traffic free

  • Wildlife

  • Wild Strawberries grow on route

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