It’s a public holiday here in the UK, and we’re looking forward to getting out riding over the long weekend and with nearly all the Hiplok team having young families at home, what better way to ride than with the whole family? If you’re in need of some ride-inspiration, take a look at our pick of the best bike rides for all the family.
Lee Valley Park
Say you’re stuck in the capital for a long weekend and in need of some serious greenery, we can’t think of a better way to spend it than heading out to Greater London’s largest park. Lee Valley spans 26 miles across London, Essex and Hertfordshire and includes some of the 2012 Olympic venues. Our pick of the whole 26 miles would be the Lee Valley Velopark. From track, through BMX to mountain bike nearly every aspect of cycling is catered for, but be warned there are minimum age limits for some activities. Away from the Velopark, there are trails throughout the park, ranging from just over a mile to a full 16 mile loop there’s something for all ages.
In the heart of the midlands, we’re blessed with a mountain bike pilgrimage. With meandering gravel muilti-use trails to black rated downhill runs and bike park style jumps, you’ll be able to find something to suit everyone in your group. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Chase is simply a haven for mountain biking, but if you prefer your bars dropped and clothes more close-fitting then use Cannock Chase as a base for some serious #lanesforgains in the surrounding areas. The midlands aren’t known for their altitude, but the surrounding lanes pack some short, sharp gradients to challenge your legs.
Family Cycling Festivals.
It’ll require a bit more planning but how about taking the family to a cycling festival? Eroica Britannia takes place within The Peak District and features just as much off the bike as on. With a 30, 60 or 100 mile route to choose from but with no minimum age limit, if the whole family wants to ride they can. Or if there’s only one cyclist in the family, the rest of the gang can enjoy the food stalls, shopping village, bar tents and live music & entertainment.
Another stop in the Peak District, the Monsal Trail is a traffic-free, multi-use trail suitable for all ages. Encompassing a 8.5 mile former railway, along with a network of lit tunnels offers a great leisure route with interesting features and breathtaking views on route after a 2m restoration scheme has created a fantastic route between Bakewell and Blackwell Junction near Buxton.
Lets RIDE FESTIVALS
British Cycling in partnership with HSBC are running 14 free cycling events throughout Britain this summer. Traffic-free rides through cities, perfect for all the family complete with entertainment, food and drink options and endless activities and challenges for the whole family. As well as being a fantastic way to see a city whilst in the saddle, the events are completely free to enter. You don’t have to do the full distance – just as much or as little as you want. All cycling abilities are catered for, and as there will be no cars on the road, you can ride to the best of your abilities without the pressure of traffic.
A great way to get the family into cycling is to attend a race and embrace the atmosphere. Whilst a few weeks following Le Tour might be a bit of a stretch to organise, a local race event could be the perfect family day out and introduction to cycling. British Cycling offers a great race diary that should help you find a local option.
Whilst you’re enjoying the family ride, don’t forget to keep your bikes safe! Check out our Family Pack for a great selection of easily-carried, practical locks for all the family’s bikes at a reduced price.