Summer is here at long last, so why not get active with the kids and enjoy a family bike ride?
Karen Gee from Cycle Sprog shares a few of the best places in the North West to get pedalling with the kids:
Local parks – even the smallest parks usually have space for cycling. Bigger ones, such as Everton Park, have dedicated cycle routes running through them.
Old railway lines – flat and straight, disused railways are a great place for young riders to gain confidence and pick up speed. Kids will love the Chester Greenway, Wirral Way or the Fallowfield loop.
Forests – great places for all year round cycling, forests such as Delamere in Cheshire provide welcome shade on hot days.
Coastal paths – why not combine cycling with a trip to the beach? The Sefton, North Wales and Fylde coasts are all good choices for traffic free pedalling followed by sandcastle building.
Reservoirs – you don’t have to go to the coast to be able to cycle near water. At Alwen Water in North Wales you’ll really leave the crowds behind.
Mountain Bike trails – Mountain Biking is a great adventure for older kids – look out for places with forest tracks or green rated routes if you’re beginners. Llandegla in North Wales and Gisburn Forest in Lancashire are both good places to start.
Urban routes – you don’t have to leave town to have an exciting family bike ride. The Burnley Heritage Cycle Trail links up key landmarks, and the off-road section of the Manchester Airport Orbital Cycleway is perfect for plane obsessed kids.
Guided bike rides – if you’d prefer to have some company on your family ride, look out for guided bike rides which tend to be run by local cycling clubs, Go Sky Ride or local councils.
Karen Gee runs the family cycling website Cycle Sprog. Written by parents for parents, Cycle Sprog is full of practical information on how, why and where to cycle with your kids. You can also find Cycle Sprog on Facebook or follow on Twitter @CycleSprog
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