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Great places for a family bike ride

Image shows a family of three cycling along a path alongside the wildflower meadows, flourishing with yellow buttercups. In the background you can see views across the water.
Family enjoying a bike ride at Staunton Harold | © National Trust/Annapurna Mellor

Head outdoors and explore expansive parkland and woodland with your family by bike. While the kids pedal away, you can take in views of wide open spaces and immerse yourself in nature.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
The multi-use trail at Blickling in Norfolk offers a 4-mile path through the historic park. It’s tailored to families but is also suitable for any cyclists, walkers, runners and adapted wheelchair users.Cycling at Blickling Estate
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Look out for the Tramway Trail, a figure-of-eight route with an energetic 10km or 6km option. Cyclists and walkers share the varied trail which has plenty of interest along the way, including several tunnels.Cycling at Calke Abbey
Castle Ward, County Down
Bring the whole family to explore 34km of trails around the Castle Ward estate grounds. Check out the wildlife by the shore, borrow a balance bike from reception and visit the historical grounds of Audley's Castle.Cycling at Castle Ward
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Hire a range of bikes from Clumber Park's Cycling Hub, including balance bikes and smaller bikes for the kids. The parkland and woodland are great to explore on two wheels, with more than 20 miles of trails to try out.Cycling at Clumber Park
Dudmaston, Shropshire
Follow the Comer Woods Explorer Trail on the Dudmaston Estate – an easy option for families at more than 2 miles long. Pass by ancient trees and an expansive meadow, home to the UK’s northernmost population of the white admiral butterfly.Cycling at Dudmaston
A family on a bike ride at Morden Hall Park, London
A family on a bike ride at Morden Hall Park, London | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor
Ickworth, Suffolk
Spend a day exploring ancient woodland, open fields and historic landmarks by bike at Ickworth. The multi-use trail provides smooth terrain come rain or shine. You can also borrow a bike from the Cycle Hire – please check opening times before visiting.Cycling at Ickworth
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Take the woodland trails on the estate and explore the peaceful forest and old carriage drives that the Bankes family created. The flat route is accessible for walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and abilities.Cycling at Kingston Lacy
Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Whatever your cycling experience, there’s a trail to suit the whole family at Lanhydrock. Take rides through woodland and choose from a range of flat or hillier routes, plus a skills area and balance bike track. You can also hire bikes at the Cycle Hire Centre.Cycling at Lanhydrock
Mottisfont Estate, Hampshire
Visit nearby Spearywell Woods to explore the Mottisfont estate by bike. Just a five-minute drive from the gardens, you’ll find interconnecting cycle routes that offer a choice of distance and duration. It's family-friendly, mostly off-road and largely flat. We advise bringing mountain bikes.Cycling at Mottisfont
Nostell, Yorkshire
Discover hidden corners of Nostell on the easy woodland cycle trail. Two 1km cycle-only trails form part of a figure-of-eight loop, designed with families in mind. One trail is suitable for young children and the other has a few more twists and turns.Cycling at Nostell
Children on bikes at Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Children on bikes at Blickling Estate, Norfolk | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman
Osterley Park, London
Take a cycle or walk around the perimeter of Osterley Park. The multi-use trail is great in all weather and takes you through woods and open land, with a hard surface all the way round. It's suitable for walkers, pushchairs, wheelchair users and cyclists alike.Cycling at Osterley Park
Wallington, Northumberland
Explore the wider Wallington estate on the Dragon Cycle Trail. Pedal across Broom House Farm’s fields, whizz through the woods and take in far-reaching views across Northumberland.Cycling at Wallington
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Discover the beauty of the Cambridgeshire fens on a 13km cycle ride from Wicken Fen to Anglesey Abbey. If you’re a beginner, you can pick and choose how long you stay on the trail for.Cycling at Wicken Fen
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Explore the Wimpole Estate whatever the season thanks to the all-weather surface on the multi-use trail. It's intended for walkers, runners, cyclists and adapted wheelchair users, so everyone can get active outdoors. Head through parkland, woodland and farmland on this 5.5-mile circular route.Cycling at Wimpole
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