With the school holidays fast approaching many parents will be wondering what to do with the children for 6 weeks. One of the best ways to keep the children busy, without having to spend too much money, is taking them on a family bike ride. It’s not only the perfect way to spend quality time together, but it’s great for keeping the kids active and you’ll also get the chance to explore new territory in the UK.

At Magicshine UK, we’ve put together four of our favourite family bike rides in the UK. We’ve been cycling these routes for years and continue to do so as a family.

The Puffing Billy Trail, Devon

The Puffin Billy Trail is an old Redlake Tramway track situated to the south of Dartmoor that provides a fantastic route for cyclists and walkers alike. Climbing to 1,500 feet, the route gives spectacular views of the south Devon coast. This is a great ride for the kids with lots variation. Make sure you stop for drinks at the Puffing Billy Pub.

The Downs Link: Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea

The Downs Link (Coastal Link) is a scenic bridleway between Guildford and Shoreham-by-Sea. It is a terrific cycle way for families as it is suitable for riders of all abilities. The route is linear and is 37 miles in length. Along the route you'll enjoy views of the beautiful landscape and its wildlife. Highlights include the Wey and Arun Canal, Southwater Country Park, and Bramber Castle.

Camel Trail, Cornwall

The Camel Trail, located in North Cornwall passes through some of England’s most beautiful and unspoilt countryside and coastal scenery. It is ideal for families visiting Cornwall on holiday. There are plenty of routes available from wooded valleys and quiet country lanes to rough bridleways and quaint villages.

Phoenix Trail (Princes Risborough to Thame)

The Pheonix Trail cycleway takes you through Thame in Oxfordshire and Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. It is mostly off road and is suitable for all ages. The area is rich in wildlife and boasts some magnificent views of the Chiltern Hills. Kids will enjoy the many different artworks dotted along the trail.

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