Bike rides for beginners

We’ve come up with some of the best places for aspiring new cyclists to pedal around in the great outdoors with 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?

Children on bikes at Blickling Estate, Norfolk

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 at Blickling. You're welcome to bring your own bikes too, so pack a picnic and plan your adventure.

A child inspects her bike at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Calke Abbey, Derby 

If you're feeling energetic, you can ride the full 6.3 miles of this figure-of-eight route, 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.

Visitors exploring one of the many trails at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

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 a sea breeze and a short and sweet cycle ride, this is the one for you.

Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight

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.

Exploring a woodland trail by bike

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 pause from cycle ride beside a lake on a sunny day

Nostell woodland trails, Yorkshire 

Discover hidden corners of Nostell on a woodland cycle trail that's easy enough for even the newest of cyclists. Experience panoramic views, tree canopies and winding paths that are great for beginner cyclists to enjoy.

Two children learning to ride a bike at Osterley Park and House, London

Cycle the estate at Osterley Park and House 

Whizz along leafy tree-lined avenues on the multi-use trail at Osterley. With a smooth, level surface, it's particularly good for beginners and children, or those who prefer a traffic-free cycle ride. Choose from bikes of all shapes and sizes at the Cycle Hire Hub on the Front Lawn, open on selected days, or you're welcome to bring your own bikes too.