There are lots of accessible routes worth checking out in our collection, but here's a selection of the kind of places where you’ll find easy going family-friendly cycle routes. Click the links to see each route in more detail, and download the info and a handy GPX navigation file for each route.
There are some fantastic green spaces in towns and cities across the UK. Many of our routes feature sections away from traffic through public parks, that often have path circuits long enough for a decent ride. Why not pack a picnic and do a few loops before lunch?
Example: London – Horseguards and the Royal Parks
“This is a great way to enjoy central London on a bike, away from traffic”
Hannah, Tower Hamlets
It’s easy to imagine the energy and noise of the steam trains that once passed along these routes. The railways were engineered to be as flat as possible, so you’re practically guaranteed a gentle ride on an even surface. Quite often these routes feature preserved reminders of the railway, as well as art installation celebrating an area’s industrial history and surrounding nature. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for these points of interest, as they’re good places to take a break.
Example: Manchester – Discover the Fallowfield Loop Line
“To have a traffic-free route from Clayton to Chorlton is fantastic! Perfect for beginners and those wanting to escape the roads”
Jim, Whalley Range
Canals and rivers
Before the introduction of railways, canals were the modern transport network of their day. And like steam engines, water doesn’t travel well up hill, so there are few lumps and bumps along towpaths. There are miles upon miles of canal and river routes to enjoy by bike.
Example: Leicester – The Canal and Railway Ride
“There are plenty of stopping-off points along the route, notably the King’s Lock Tearooms for a well-earned cuppa and cake!”
National Trust places
The National Trust looks after over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments gardens and parks and nature reserves. Many of these managed sites are cycle-friendly. So why not attach your bikes to the car, head out to a National Trust place near you. and use the car park as a starting point? There are quite often special half-term activities across the different sites too, so it’s worth checking what’s on in advance.
Example: Newcastle – Two Valleys to Gibside
“The National Trust has invested in a major project to offer Gibside’s visitors purpose-built, all-weather parking facilities and an improved arrival experience for cyclists.”