Finding something to keep the kids occupied during the school holidays is always a challenge, and free ones are like gold dust. Here we’ve pulled together eight great HSBC UK Guided Rides taking place in August which are suitable for kids and won’t cost you a penny.
If you can’t make it to any of the rides below, you can find even more taking place across the country by popping your postcode into the search bar above. What’s more, we’ve also included a link to download the routes in case you want to ride them in your own time.
The Mayors and Memorials ride in Southampton is the perfect urban exploration with bucketloads of history along the route, including the imposing statue of Richard Andrews and memorial to those who lost their lives on board the SS Titanic.
This traffic-free ride in Brent is a great way to experience the greener side of the capital, and you might even spot some of the local wildlife en route too. Settle down for a cuppa at the Ace Café once you’re done and dusted, with Wembley Stadium just a stone’s throw away.
New for this year, our Let’s Ride Pop-up events are a great chance to let the kids hone their skills on a traffic-free cycle circuit. Volunteers will be on hand to help out along the way, and there’ll even be a chance to pick up some tips from British Cycling’s Go-Ride coaches too.
If rides along the waterways are more your thing, you’ll love this Keighley Towpath Tootle ride along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Starting from the 17th century manor house of East Riddlesden Hall, you’ll first make your way along the canal to Bingley. Here you can marvel at the famous Five Rise Locks – a magnificent feat of engineering which is still up and running almost 250 years after first being built.
The cycle circuit at Forge Valley is a lovely setting for some easygoing traffic-free riding. What’s more, bike hire is available from the sports centre if you book in advance, making it the perfect place to start for beginners.
Another one for lovers of the great outdoors, expect to see a whole host of birds and even some Highland cattle on this jaunt around Liverpool’s Croxteth Park. The route is fully accessible, meaning it’s suitable for the majority of adaptive bikes – some of which are available to hire for the ride.
Sheldon Country Park boasts over 300 acres of grassland, wetland and woodland, and this five mile route is a great way to kick off your exploration. There’s a picnic area on-site if you get lucky with the weather, and you might even spot a plane or two coming in to land at the nearby Birmingham International Airport.
No ride is complete without an excellent café stop, and this ride along the River Ribble is a must for cake connoisseurs. The route starts and ends at Frenchwood Recreation Ground, so leave the car on the free car park and head off for a woodland retreat.