Bike rides for beginners

We care for lots of places across the country perfect for a bike ride. From cruising along the coastline of the Isle of Wight, to exploring woodlands at Kingston Lacy, there’s something to suit everyone on a local cycle route.

We’ve come up with some of the best places for aspiring new cyclists to pedal around in the great outdoors, routes that are perfect for little legs – and longer ones too. Why not find a route near you and see how much fun cycling can be?

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A little girl rides on the back of a tandem.

Blickling, Norwich

With a variety of bikes for all ages, including electric bikes, tagalongs and balance bikes, the whole family can enjoy getting out into the parkland this summer. You're welcome to bring your own bikes too, so pack a picnic and get planning your adventure.

A child inspects her bike at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
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Calke Abbey, Derby 

This figure of eight route allows the energetic to ride the full 6.3 miles, while those looking for a shorter trip can take the 3.7 mile option. Cyclists and walkers share the varied trail which has many of points of interest including several tunnels.

A couple cycle along the waters edge at Castle Ward, County Down

Castle Ward, County Down 

At Castle Ward, the Shore Trail is ideal for beginner cyclists and has great views of the lough. It's an easy route and should take less than half an hour to explore. If you're in need of sea breezes and a short and sweet cycle ride, this is the one for you.

A cyclist on Compton Down, heading for Freshwater Bay seen in the distance

Isle of Wight

Cycle on and off-road at the Isle of Wight, with beautiful views, quiet roads and quaint villages to explore. Meander through the places we care for including Bembridge Windmill, Mottistone Manor Garden, Newtown Old Town Hall and the Needles Old and New Batteries.

Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the wider estate

The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

The woodland trail will lead you through beautiful forests and along old carriage drives that were created by the Bankes family. The flat route is accessible for walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Family cycles through parkland at Nostell
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Nostell woodland trails, Yorkshire 

Discover hidden corners of Nostell on a woodland cycle trail that's easy enough for even the newest of cyclists.

A family exploring the Dragon Cycle Trail at Wallington, Northumberland
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Wallington, Northumberland 

Exploring the wider Wallington estate is fun to do on the Dragon cycle trail, even if you're just starting out on your bike. Pedal through woodland and Broom House Farm’s fields and enjoy a peaceful exploration of Northumberland.