July and August is typically the best time of year to get on the bicycle with warm weather and still pretty light nights, it’s an excellent time to jump on the bike and go off somewhere. This is also the time of year where you’re more likely to have the children due to the school holidays, so we’ve suggested the best family friendly routes around the UK, where you’ll be safe with the children going at your own pace.
The Forest of Dean is located in the south of Wales, an old, established woodland covered with a great wealth of natural beauty, growth and wildlife. This is an excellent day out on the bike for families if you have a mountain bike as you can explore the area, which has a mix of gradients, dependant on your preference. There are many paths going throughout the forest, but most a clear or stony. This is right on the doorstep to Magor and the M4 motorway making it easily accessible to the rest of Wales. The cycling route can range from 3-11 miles.
Watermead Park is located in the city of Leicester, making it an ideal stop off when connecting to other parts of the country. If you’re stopping off in Leicester for a family visit this makes an excellent day out for all of the family. Watermead Park is essentially a meadow park surrounding a lake, making it an ideal and quiet place for families to ride their bikes. Another ideal part about this park is the distance to the city. Running parallel, to the park is the Grand Union Canal, which offers safe and traffic free connections into the centre of town, as well as a continued cycling journey. Leicester is a great place for shopping or somewhere where you can enjoy exhibits like the National Space Centre or the Richard III exhibition.
The Bath two tunnel circuit is a 13 mile route that takes riders on a route through a series of terrain including railway paths, towpaths, sealed surfaces and gravel paths. This bicycle route leads to different areas linking between Midford, Monkton, Combe and further afield. The path takes you through Combe Down Tunnel which at 1 mile long is the longest cycling tunnel in the country and over a Viaduct. Located in Bath, this makes an excellent stopover if you aim on travelling to the South West of the country, but also an excellent place for connections if you’re travelling down for the day.
The Peak District National Park in Staffordshire is a beautiful and stunning place to visit if you’ve not been there yet. Located almost in the centre of the country, makes this easily accessible for a day trip. The Staffordshire Moorlands part of the park which takes up the bottom corner of the park encompasses a mix of cycle paths going through a limestone gorge. The Manifold Valley track is ideal for safe cycling for all of the family. This area has easy connections to Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and eventually connects to larger cities further north such as Sheffield and Manchesrter.
Bewl Water Country Park is situated in south Kent located near Royal Tunbridge Wells, and is within easy driving distance from Maidstone and Sevenoaks. This area offers a great place to cycle as well as offering nice spots to stop and have a picnic. There are bike routes that go around the circumference of the lake which is 12 ½ miles in total. This passes through a mix of woodland, countryside and meadow.