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14 of the best family-friendly cycling routes in the UK

14 of the best family-friendly cycling routes in the UK

After teaching your child how to cycle , the world is your oyster: be it a few kilometres on the balance bike , building confidence…

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After teaching your child how to cycle , the world is your oyster: be it a few kilometres on the balance bike , building confidence on quiet cycleways or your first full family day out on bikes.

Early experiences are really key, so we’ve brought together the best family-friendly cycle routes for the whole family to enjoy, using traffic-free tracks that also take in glorious countryside, great cafe stops and intriguing sites to explore along the way.

Here’s a selection of routes for all abilities, from shorter, paved loops to beginner mountain biking trails and epic family days out. Many of these take in disused railway lines, which not only offer traffic-free riding, but tend to be flat too. Perfect for little legs!

Some of these routes feature bike hire centres for getting you kitted out, or you can check out our guide to buying the best kids’ bikes here.

Don’t be put off by the distances: these can all be shortened based on your family’s ability, and similarly, there are also options to extend the routes for most options. To help you get the most from your day out, check out our guide to cycling with kids . Bristol to Bath Railway Path

25.7km / 16mi

Predominantly traffic-free, paved, flat Start: Bristol Temple Meads railway station, BS1 6QF This former railway line has been turned into a shared cycling and walking path linking two of the South West’s most vibrant cities. This was the first major project from cycling charity Sustrans, which […]

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