Family cycling trails in the UK: readers’ tips

What better way to explore the UK than on a bike ride? From Morecambe Bay to the Mendips, here are our readers’ favourite family cycle trails

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Winning tip: Morecambe to Scalestones Point, Lancashire

This ride takes you past Happy Mount Park with its great adventure playground and Splashpark (open in summer months); there’s an outdoor sculpture trail on the prom and plenty of refreshment stops. On the return leg you have one of the greatest views in the UK: across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells. Close to the start is the impressive Venus and Cupid sculpture (it’s designed so that children can clamber over it). From Scalestones Point to the Stone Jetty Cafe is just over two miles. It’s three miles to Beach Cafe at Battery – or you could extend the ride by a mile and a half to take in the Heysham historic ruins (though the final stretch into Heysham village isn’t as cycle-friendly). The route is part of the 81-mile Bay Cycle Way. Free on-road parking on Coastal Road (A5105) at Scalestones Point or pay and display at Happy Mount Park.
Route map and hire details

We cycled the Monsal and Tissington trails in the Peak District last weekend. Both are ideal for family cycle trips as they are both on disused railway tracks. You can bring your own bikes, although the trails offer cycle hire, and there are stops for drinks/refreshments, usually in disused station buildings, along the routes. Small detours also offer the option of a pub lunch. Tissington is longer and links to the High Peaks trail, giving good views across the Peak District. Monsal follows a valley with tunnels and viaducts.

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