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Get the family moving

17 JULY 2012

We all know how quickly the magic and anticipation of the six-week school holiday can wear thin, whether you’re a suffering parent, fresh out of education or have a rather distant memory of your own six week break.
 

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Excitement can soon turn to boredom and there’s only so many trips to the cinema and swimming pool you can take before the dreaded, “Mum...I’m bored,” cries begin. Why not try out something exhilarating, fun and different this summer; get yourself and the family some mountain bikes from Evans.

What could be better than exploring the beautiful countryside on two wheels? Here’s a list of five family-friendly cycle routes that are suitable for little legs and will keep even the moodiest of teenagers entertained (for a few hours).

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

With its flat and circular route, the Forest of Dean is a fantastic place to invigorate your senses. Starting in the Cannop Valley, its luscious, fresh scenery will make the 11 mile route fly by. Because of the flat route it’s suitable for all ages, and is sure to make you feel victorious once you finish the route – why not engage in a bit of competition and see who can cross the line first?!

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Get back to nature with Gibside’s dramatic landscape. This path is just great for free-wheeling and letting the kids run riot. Try out a Cannondale mountain bike to make the most of this unrestrictive track. It’s an 8 mile cycle route from the centre of Newcastle to ‘Derwent Walk’, which is a smooth, but most important of all, traffic-free route.

The Phoenix Trail, Buckinghamshire

This Buckinghamshire to Oxfordshire trail is a great family friendly route. From Princes Risborough to Thame the trail is 7 miles long, with a largely flat and smooth terrain. It has lots of seating with incredible views of the Chiltern Hills so is perfect for a picnic or for that much-needed breather! The Phoenix Trail is also a great place to teach your child how to ride.

Ravenglass, Cumbria

If you want a bit more of a challenge, the mid-way hill along The Eskdale Trail is definitely a rejuvenating experience. It is 8 miles from Ravenglass to Dalegarth and the trail goes through a striking valley. There’s also the added bonus of a steam-train so if all the biking gets a bit too much, take advantage of this sleepy narrow-gauge railway line.

Caernarfon, North Wales

This route has it all – a castle, quarries, views of Snowdonia, countryside and sleepy villages. The Lon Eifion trail takes you through the historic town of Caernarfon on smooth ground. No doubt this route is popular because of all if offers; there really is something for everyone.

Don’t forget that if you’re planning a trip a bit further afield from home don’t forget to stock up on water and snacks, in fact – why not make a day of it and take a picnic for when it gets to lunchtime.

Not only will a family cycle keep the kids entertained, it’s a fun way to exercise and offers you and the family quality time together with the backdrop of stunning scenery.

Evans Cycles is the UK’s largest mountain bike shop, stocking the widest range bikes from leading brands such as Specialized, Shimano and Cannondale. Need some cycling advice? Talk to our experts on Facebook or watch our How to videos on Youtube.

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