Top 3 Family Cycling Holiday Destinations
The summer holidays are finally upon us, and so begins every parent’s annual conundrum: how do we occupy the kids? Forget sticking them in front of the TV or letting them loiter in their bedrooms, grab the bikes and head outdoors. We’ve searched the UK to find some of the best locations for family cycling holidays and here are our top three …
- Rea Valley, Birmingham
This cycle route is sure to be a firm favourite with the whole family. Starting in central Birmingham, you will ride along a mixture of tarmac and stone paths through the idyllic ReaValley. If you’re enjoying a holiday on a budget, follow the route along the Worcester and Birmingham canal towards the King’s Norton Park. This park is the perfect place for a picnic, plus, there is even an outdoors play area to keep the little ones entertained. If you have a little more money to spend, take a short detour to Cadbury World where you can find out how their delicious chocolate is made and maybe even pick some up for the journey home!
- Haldon Forest Park, Exeter
Situated just outside of Exeter, Haldon Forest Park caters for everyone and is the perfect family day out. Enjoy exploring the forest along its many cycle routes, or check out the skills park and pump track to work on your cycling technique. If you are feeling adventurous, take a break from cycling and experience Go Ape! – a high wire adventure course set among the trees. From high rope obstacles to zip wires, Go Ape! really is a unique family experience. After all the excitement, recharge while you sit down for a bite to eat at one of the picnic and barbeque areas.
- New Forest, Hampshire
Boasting over 100 miles of off-road cycle routes, the New Forest offers gentle and picturesque cycle paths that allow you to explore the whole forest. Spend time admiring the many beautiful gardens and see if you can spot the forest’s local residents – wild deer, ponies and pigs – whilst you’re travelling. There are a range of pubs and restaurants as well as tea rooms serving food and drinks, all providing the perfect place to refuel after an epic cycling adventure.
Any of these locations are sure to provide a perfect family day out. Don’t have your own bikes but still want to join in the fun? A large range of cycling equipment, including both adult and kids bikes, are available to buy online at Decathlon. So what are you waiting for? Get pedalling!