Great places for a family bike ride

Head outdoors and explore beautiful parklands with your family by bicycle. While youngsters pedal away their excess energy, you’ll have the chance to enjoy wide open spaces. Here's our pick of some of the top family cycle rides for you to enjoy. Your children can also complete no. 11 of our ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ – explore on wheels.

Cycling at Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire

Blickling, Norfolk 

Download the multi-use trail at Blickling Estate, near Aylsham in Norfolk. The route offers a four-mile safe off-road path through Blickling’s beautiful historic park. It's tailored for families to explore, but it's also perfect for cyclists, walkers, runners and adapted wheelchair users to enjoy.

Family exploring the cycle trail at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

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 family cycling together

Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire 

This two-mile woodland trail around Comer Woods on the Dudmaston Estate is perfect for a family bike ride. Strap your helmets on and get pedalling.

Family riding bikes in the parkland at Ickworth, Suffolk

Ickworth, West Suffolk 

Enjoy exploring on two wheels with your little ones at Ickworth. The new cycle hire hub is located in the car park and has a variety of bikes for all ages, including trailers and balance bikes so the whole family can enjoy a day out in the parkland. Why not try out the all-weather trail and see where your adventures take you?

Children riding their bikes along a footpath at Castle Coole, County Fermanagh

Kingston Lacy, Dorset 

This woodland trail will lead you through beautiful forest 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.

Visitors exploring the cycle trails at Lanydrock, Cornwall

Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Whatever your experience as a cyclist, there's bound to be a trail to suit the whole family at Lanhydrock. Enjoy the ride through woodland and choose from a range of flat or hillier routes.

Cycling at Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire

Nostell, Yorkshire 

Discover hidden corners of Nostell on a fun woodland cycle trail that's easy enough for even the littlest of legs. Let off some steam while exploring the open outdoors of Yorkshire on your bike. You'll be surrounded by towering trees along the way.

Cycling at Osterley Park and House, London

Osterley, London 

Enjoy a fun walk or cycle around the perimeter of Osterley Park. This multi-use trail is ideal for all-weather use and takes you through woods and open land, with hard surface all the way round. Perfect for walkers, pushchairs, wheelchair users and cyclists.

Visitors out and about on the bike at Saltram, Devon

Plymbridge Woods, Devon 

This trail will lead you past dramatic industrial remains, including towering quarry faces, and across breathtaking viaducts. It's a great route for all the family to get moving and explore local woodlands.

Children cycling near Stackpole

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

Head off the beaten track at Stackpole and discover this four-mile mountain bike trail. Ride against an epic background of natural woodlands and seasonal sights as you uncover more of the Stackpole Estate.

Cycling at Wallington, Northumberland

Wallington, Northumberland 

Explore the wider Wallington estate on the Dragon cycle trail. Pedal across Broom House Farm’s fields, whizz through the woods and enjoy far-reaching views across Northumberland.

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

Discover the beauty of the Cambridgeshire fens on an 8-mile walk or cycle ride from Wicken Fen to Anglesey Abbey. Get fit while you explore one of Europe's most important wetlands, and if you're a beginner, you can pick and choose how long you stay on the trail for.