The best family cycling spots for the 2024 summer holidays

Jul 9, 2024

As we approach the summer holidays, it’s a great idea to get some family activities planned to keep everyone busy and make the most of the time off. Cycling is an ideal choice, combining  the outdoors, exercise, and quality time together. Whether you’re looking for leisure rides or exciting trails, read on for  our top four family cycling spots in the UK, along with some bike recommendations to get you started.

Top 4 family cycling spots in the UK:

1. The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire:

The Forest of Dean is a fantastic family day out, offering a range of cycling trails through a beautiful woodland environment, perfect for all skill levels. The forest features adventure play areas, natural play spaces, safe off-road family cycling, as well as lots of outdoor space to create dens. They’re currently celebrating the 25th birthday of the Gruffalo with a brand new ‘Gruffalo Party trail’, which may be of interest for families with  younger children.

2. The Tissington Trail, Peak District

Based on a former railway line, the Tissington Trail offers a 13-mile gentle and mostly flat terrain suitable for younger cyclists. This trail is full of history, with former station platforms and the old signal box to discover, providing plenty of opportunities to discover and learn something new!

3. Richmond Park, London

One of London’s eight Royal Parks, Richmond Park offers a slice of the countryside in the centre of London. Enjoy spotting deers roaming freely around the park, admire the distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral, or explore the ancient woods and Natural Nature Reserve. It’s an excellent spot for a family picnic and a leisurely bike ride.

4. Rendlesham forest, Woodbridge

There’s something for everyone at Rendlesham Forest! Discover the UFO trail and learn more about the famous UFO sightings. Enjoy the various cycle trails, sculptures, and children’s play areas. It’s an exciting mix of nature and mystery that can capture the imagination of both children and adults.

Our bike recommendations:

Adult Bikes

 BeOne Monte Grande Electric Bike Grey – WAS £2599.99, NOW £1999.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

Designed to elevate your outdoor adventures, this cutting-edge e-bike seamlessly blends power, performance and style for an unparalleled riding experience.


Ammaco Pathway X1 Sports Hybrid Bike Grey– WAS £449.99, NOW £279.99 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Ammaco pathway series are the perfect choice for commuting or leisure. The pathway X1 offers a comfortable and easy to mount step through frame, 21-speed rapid fire shimano gears and puncture-resistant tyres – for added durability and reliability on every ride.

Kids Bikes

Concept ChillOut 18 inch wheel bike white – WAS £199.99, NOW £150.00 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Concept ChillOut offers an easy-to-use single speed setup with a range of gear ratios to help get up the steepest inclines. It’s fitted with powerful v-brakes, lightweight alloy wheels and high rise handlebars for added comfort.

Salcano Wolf 20 Inch Kids bike black orange – WAS £309.99, NOW £209.00 (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

The Salcano wolf packs some serious power into its cool BMX style frame. With wolf-themed graphics, powerful v-brakes and lightweight alloy frame, this bike will make any young rider feel unstoppable!

Cycling is a fantastic way to spend quality time with your family this summer. With so many beautiful trails and parks across the UK, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. We hope our bike recommendations help you to prepare for the summer holidays. You can browse our selection of adult bikes or kids bikes online, or visit your local Cycle King & Hawk Cycles’ store today. Find your local store here.