Great places for a family bike ride

From butterflies fluttering in hedgerows, to birds singing in the trees, you’ll be amazed by the variety of wildlife you can discover on a bike.

Whilst the youngsters pedal away their excess energy, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of our most beautiful historic landscapes and even treat yourself to a well deserved a tea-room treat at the end of your ride.

We have put together a list of our top family cycle rides for you to enjoy. Some of our properties now also hire bikes; please contact the property directly for more information.

    Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

    A family out for a ride

    Choose from a range of bikes to hire and discover the northernmost part of Sherwood Forest on two wheels. Explore Europe’s largest lime tree avenue, over 200 species of birds at the lake and exotic plants in the Pleasure Ground. Recharge your batteries with a tasty meal at the refurbished restaurant with ingredients from the walled kitchen garden.

    Ashridge Estate, Buckingham

    A lonely cyclist

    A great swathe of beautiful woodlands and hilly grassland, in the heart of the Chilterns. Keep your eyes peeled for fallow deer and all kinds of wildflowers, butterflies and fungi. The estate also has a fascinating history, including a very tall monument near the visitor centre, a prehistoric hill fort at Ivinghoe Beacon and an old windmill at Pitstone.

    Barrington Court & Montacute, South Somerset

    Action shot of some off road cyclists

    Explore the South Somerset countryside on this gentle 20 mile circular bike ride. With stunning views of the Quantock Hills, the Blackdowns and the Somerset Levels, it’s an area famed for its orchards, which make great homes for birds, butterflies and cider-makers!

    Blickling, Norfolk

    Young boy in his bike pointing down the hill

    Choose from a wide range of bikes to hire and pedal with your family and friends on any of the network of cycle paths around the park and gardens. Look out for a mile long lake, a pyramid-shaped mausoleum and a tower-shaped grandstand, built to watch horse racing 250 years ago! Along the way you’ll see and hear a brilliant variety of birds and flowers depending on the time of the year and day.

    Box Hill, Surrey

    Cyclist riding through a field

    The woodlands and chalk downs of Box Hill are a popular destination for a family bike ride. If you're feeling energetic, follow the winding road up to the summit or stick to the more gentle bridleway along the side of the hill and look out for the dozen species of orchid in the early summer months.

    Erddig, Wales

    Education staff in Victorian costume standing under trees on an autumn morning at Erddig park, Wrexham

    Erddig is a fantastic place to come cycling, with a vast country park to explore. The best way to see the estate’s parkland, woodland and rolling farmland is to hire a bike and set out with our cycle guide along one of three cycle trails. Children will love the chance to let off steam and uncover the park’s wilder residents - from farm animals to fungi, ancient trees to bumble bees. Bicycles for adults and children, tandems and trailers available for hire.

    Gibside, Northumberland

    The Octagon Pond at Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne

    With red kites whirling over the treetops, Gibside feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Tyne quayside. Explore this family-friendly landscape park by bike, with a wildlife hide and the stables discovery room, as well as plenty of great picnic spots.

    Portstewart, Northern Ireland

    Couple on the beach at Portstewart Strand

    Discover a sandy Blue Flag beach and Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site on this two-wheeled adventure along the famous and beautiful stretch of North Antrim Coast. It’s a great route for budding wildlife-detectives too, with seabirds and porpoises to spot, and lots of cliff top and heathland flowers.