Especially for families on greenways
Family cycle trips in Devon :
- Plym Valley Trail: 7 miles / 11 km
Plymouth <> Clearbrook
Enjoy the sights of the steam railway workings at Coypool before setting off on the former railway path towards Bickleigh and Clearbrook. Although slightly uphill you are rewarded with superb viaducts and tunnels of trees with glimpses of the River Plym and Dartmoor as you head northwards. The Shaugh Tunnel at Bickleigh is particularly memorable as at the centre, due to the tunnel curve, light from both ends of the tunnel disappears for a few moments. The ride back is all downhill with very little need to pedal.
On the way: Plym Valley Railway, Plymbridge Woods, Shaugh Tunnel
- Drakes Trail: 6 miles / 9,5 km
Yelverton <> Tavistock
At Yelverton you start a gentle descent on The Dartmoor Way, an old railway line that leads all the way to Magpie Viaduct and the fantastic Gem Bridge with superb views down the wooded valley followed by the impressive Grenofen Tunnel. From here you reach the edge of Tavistock via the town’s pretty riverside meadows.
On the way: Magpie Viaduct, Gem Bridge, Grenofen Tunnel
- Granite Way: 8 miles / 13 km
Lydford <> Okehampton
The Granite Way is mostly built along the course of the former Southern Region railway line and runs along the northwest edge of the granite massif of Dartmoor. Lake Viaduct built of local stone and offering spectacular views of the Moor and surrounding countryside which together with Sourton Church warrant a stop for a picnic by the granite seats. The dramatically craggy features of Sourton Tors are clearly visible and further west in the far distance is Brentor church on a distinctive knoll.At Meldon Viaduct there is a railway station, visitor centre and café in the former buffet carriage.
On the way: Southerley Halt Picnic Stop, Lake Viaduct, Sourton Tors & Moor, Meldon Viaduct
- Exe Estuary Trail: 10 miles / 16 km
Exeter <> Exmouth
Starting at Exeter Quay ride alongside the canel and locks built around 1567 to historic Topsham which at the time was the second busiest port in the UK. Soon arriving at the River Exe Estury, one of the most important in Europe for wildlife in particlaur wading and migratory birds. The estuary is a hub of activity for recreational activities such as sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and scuba diving. Arriving at Exmouth with its open views of the estuary, sweeping beaches and Imperial Recreation Ground makes for a great lunch stop.
On the way: Double locks, Topsham, Lympstone, Exe Estuary.
Family cycle trips in Normandy:
- Exploring the Vire Valley: 31.6 km
> Saint-Lô - Pont-Farcy
Leaving Saint-Lô, you cycle beside the River Vire, as far as Pont-Farcy, and go along the undulating green cycleway (a former towpath) which gives you a spectacular panoramic view over the valley from the Roches de Ham. You can also admire the river heritage of the Vire (locks, dams, etc.) that are reminders of its past.
On the way: Saint-Lô, the ‘Capital of the Horse’; the Condé-sur-Vire leisure centre; the Roches de Ham cliffs.
- Exploring the Normandy Bocage: 42.4 km
> Vire -Mortain
Start from Vire and follow this former railway track, now converted into a green cycleway
On the way: The Vire Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires (Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions), the Lac de La Dathée, a stop-off for walkers and cyclists at Saint-Germain-de-Tallevende
Family cycle trips in Brittany:
- Between polders and grazing land in Mont-Saint-Michel Bay: 20 km
> Chapelle Sainte-Anne (Saint-Broladre) - Mont-Saint-Michel
From the Chapelle Sainte-Anne, you follow the very pleasant Duchess Anne dyke to get to Le Couesnon River and then cover the last few kilometres to Mont-Saint-Michel along the river bank.
On the way: the Polder Centre at Roz-Sur-Couesnon
Coming soon: 17 km of signposted green cycleways between Chapelle Sainte-Anne and Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes
Family cycle trips on Jersey:
- The south coast of Jersey: 12 km
> Saint-Helier - La Corbière
One of the most popular cycle paths on the island of Jersey, along a disused railway line that was once used by steam trains. A great idea for a long weekend on Jersey.
Some advice to make sure your cycling get-away is a real pleasure