Cycling is second to swimming as a low impact activity that offers a full body workout. But where’s best to take kids cycling? You should opt for routes which avoid busy roads, even if this means making a slightly longer journey. Young children on trikes or balance bikes will enjoy just cycling up and down the pavements outside their house. But here are some more ideas on where to take budding young cyclists:
What is the National Cycle Network?
The National Cycle Network (NCN) was established to encourage cycling throughout Britain. It’s a UK-wide network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling, and exploring the outdoors, and sees millions of trips taken on it each year. The NCN is made up of 5,273 miles of traffic-free paths, with an additional 11,302 miles on-road. It uses shared use paths, disused railways, minor roads, canal towpaths and low-traffic routes in towns and cities. The road sections range from quiet rural lanes to busy roads.
The Aberavon Promenade is a nice, easy, straight path, ideal for beginner cyclists and young children. It’s short at 1.5 miles, traffic-free, and offers lovely views out over to Mumbles Head. Or for a slightly longer ride of 6.5 miles, cycle the traffic-free Frinton-on-Sea to Clacton-on-Sea route, which takes you down The Esplanade and continues along the coast all the way to Jaywick. With magnificent sea views, this route is perfect for older kids with its flat and wide paths.
What are the benefits of cycling for kids?
Cycling is recommended as one of the ways to make a child more active. It’s sometimes difficult to control and monitor how much screen time they’re getting, so encouraging them to get out on their bikes could be a fun and healthy alternative. We know regular cycling contributes to better physical health, but here are some of the other reasons to get your little ones on the saddle: