Bike rides for beginners

We care for lots of places across the country perfect for a bike ride. From cruising along the flat routes of Wicken Fen to tackling part of the Olympic road race at Box Hill, there’s something to suit everyone. ‘Go on a really long bike ride’ was chosen by our Kids’ Council as one of their top three activities, so we’ve come up with the best places for little legs (and longer ones too) to pedal around in the great outdoors.

Fell Foot Park on Lake Windermere, Cumbria
A day of adventure and stunning views is in store for you when you go cycling at Wray Castle National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Cycle at Wray Castle, Cumbria 

Get wonderful views of Windermere from your saddle when you go cycling at Wray Castle in Cumbria.

A close-up view of a couple cycling on a sunny day
Explore Leigh Woods by bike for an exhilarating or relaxing visit - depending on how adventurous you're feeling! National Trust Images / John Millar

Take to two wheels at Leigh Woods Bristol 

Follow the the scenic cycle trail through Leigh Woods to get stunning views across Bristol.

View of the bridge at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
If you're new to cycling, you'll find some lovely scenic paths at Clumber Park National Trust

Get on your bike at Clumber Park Nottinghamshire 

With 20 miles of trails to explore, Clumber Park is perfect for beginner cyclists. Visit the beautiful landscape park with your family for a fun day exploring by bicycle.

The gardens at Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire
Hills strike fear into the hearts of the most experienced cyclists so enjoy Nostell Priory's flat paths! National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Enjoy a bike ride at Nostell Priory Yorkshire 

There are over 300 acres to explore at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, but if you're a beginner or you've only got little legs, there are plenty of flat paths to follow too.

The Oxford Bridge at Stowe, Buckinghamshire
As well as its beautiful scenery, Stowe has more than 40 temples and monuments to admire from your saddle National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Cycle at Stowe Buckinghamshire 

Explore Stowe's parklands from the saddle, and see how many of the 40 temples and monuments you can see. There are routes made just for families and beginners.

Three people cycling at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Find your bicycling confidence in the flattest part of the countryside at Wicken Fen National Trust Images / John Millar

Tackle the cycle trails at Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire 

The flattest part of the countryside is the perfect place for beginners and youngsters to try cycling. Wicken Fen, in Cambridgeshire, is very flat, and there's loads to see along the way.

A rainbow above the eighteenth-century dovecote at Erddig, Wrexham, Wales
A gentle ride along Erddig's riverside and woodland paths is ideal for beginners National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Explore on two wheels at Erddig Wrexham 

Erddig has a flat riverside path and some woodland tracks to cycle along - just right if you're a beginner.

A man and two girls on a tricycle in the grounds at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland
There's a route for everyone among Castle Ward's 21-miles of trails National Trust Images / John Millar

On your bike at Castle Ward County Down 

Take a trip to Castle Ward, and explore the 21-mile network of trails. There's something here for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

The south front of Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, seen across the park
Cycling is the perfect way to explore Wimpole's beautiful parkland National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Tackle the cycle trails at Wimpole Estate Cambridgeshire 

Bring your bike to the Wimpole Estate and you'll discover trails cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy.

Visitor cycling across a field near Old Harry Rocks, on the South West Coast Path, Studland, Dorset
Fresh air, exercise and great views await you at Studland Peninsula in Dorset National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Cycle at Studland Peninsula Dorset 

Whether you're on the heath or the roads near the beach, the Studland Peninsula in Dorset is a great place to explore on your bike.

A view over the park to the house at Killerton, Devon, in August
Killerton is rural, quiet and very pretty - everything you need for a family bike ride National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Take to two wheels at Killerton Devon 

There's something for everyone on the cycle trails at Killerton Park. Rural tracks and quiet roads make it an ideal place for a day of exploring with your family.

The woodland of Mottisfont's estate
Discover the wider estate of Mottisfont, Hampshire Catherine Hadler

Tackle the trails at Mottisfont Hampshire 

Explore the family-friendly cycle trails at the Mottisfont Estate, perfect for a ride whatever your age or ability.

Two people mountain biking on the Malham Tarn Estate, Yorkshire Dales
Malham Tarn has wildlife, scenery and adventure aplenty for cyclists of all abilities National Trust Images / Ben Selway

Get on your bike at Malham Tarn Estate Yorkshire Dales 

The cycle route at Malham Tarn takes you past stunning scenery, wildlife and picnic spots, and is suitable for all the family to ride.

A cyclist travelling along a road on the edge of autumnal woodland on the Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
A dry autumn day is ideal for a bike ride at Ashridge National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Enjoy a bike ride at Ashridge Estate Buckinghamshire 

Ready for an adventure? You can ride for 17 miles at the Ashridge Estate, in Buckinghamshire. There are also plenty of other paths that are perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities.