Great rides for kids over the summer holidays

Thomas Turner
03/08/2017

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.

Southampton – Mayors and Memorials

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.

Next ride: Monday 28th August
Distance: 4 miles
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London – Three Bridges Over the River Brent 

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.

Next ride: Sunday 13th August
Distance: 3 miles
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Manchester – Let’s Ride Pop-up Wythenshawe Park

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.

Next ride: Saturday 5th August
Distance: Whatever you like!
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Bradford – Keighley Towpath Tootle

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.

Next ride: Sunday 20th August
Distance: 5 miles
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Sheffield – Forge Valley Cycle Circuit Experience

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.

Next ride: Saturday 26th August
Distance: 4 miles
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Liverpool – Croxteth Park Circular

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.

Next ride: Saturday 12 August
Distance: 5 miles
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Birmingham – Wheels and Wings 

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.

Next ride: Sunday 27 August
Distance: 5 miles
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Preston – The River Ribble Ride

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.

Next ride: Sunday 20 August
Distance: 5 miles
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