Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

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Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

Postby Chrisg149 » 25 Jul 2020, 4:42pm

The New Forest has a concentration of linked off-road cycle routes suitable for ordinary family bikes. Are there other such locations around the UK where I can centrally camp with a radiating network of day-out traffic-free trails? Thanks. Chris

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Re: Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

Postby LinusR » 27 Jul 2020, 11:46am

Chrisg149 wrote:The New Forest has a concentration of linked off-road cycle routes suitable for ordinary family bikes. Are there other such locations around the UK where I can centrally camp with a radiating network of day-out traffic-free trails? Thanks. Chris


I stayed at the New Forest YHA in February and enjoyed the all-weather trails through the forest. The only place I have been to that is similar is the Lee Valley around Cheshunt. There is also a YHA there (though I have not stayed there). There is a linear network of all-weather, easy trails heading north up to Hertford and south towards the Olympic Park in London. https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/outdoors/cycling/. It can get rather crowded on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.

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Re: Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

Postby Jdsk » 27 Jul 2020, 11:51am

Great question. I'd be interested if there are any more suitable for small grandchildren.

Jonathan

PS: That Lee Valley route is excellent. We used it to ride from Essex to the Olympic park en route to east London.

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Re: Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

Postby mjr » 27 Jul 2020, 1:49pm

Jdsk wrote:PS: That Lee Valley route is excellent. We used it to ride from Essex to the Olympic park en route to east London.

I thought it was mostly lumpy gravel and rolled stone rubbish except from Nazeing to Enfield? Did I use the wrong side of the Lee or something?

If you're happy with unpaved trails, Norfolk has plenty of that: Marriott's Way from Norwich to Reepham to Aylsham, then Bure Valley Path to Wroxham and the achingly-slowly-being-built Three Rivers Way to Horning (eventually intended to go to Potter Heigham), or Weaver's Way from Aylsham to North Walsham and a short road section to another bit to Stalham.
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Re: Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

Postby peetee » 27 Jul 2020, 1:55pm

Redruth has a network of trails based on tramway routes so the gradients are gentle. There are various grades of more challenging routes too if any of you fancy a bit more excitement. The coast is only a couple of miles away and there are plenty of other attractions/scenery to keep the family amused. There are nice rides around the Hayle estuary and the Camel Trail is not too far to drive.
The New Forest is great for a weekends riding but the scenery doesn’t vary a great deal.
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Re: Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

Postby Jdsk » 30 Jul 2020, 12:47pm

Todays' Guardian: "10 of the UK's best family cycling trails: readers’ travel tips"
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jul/30/10-uk-best-family-kids-cycling-trails-routes-readers-travel-tip

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