As the buzz of Christmas day settles, it can be tempting to stay in and enjoy a movie marathon on Boxing Day.

But if you’re looking for a little family adventure or a chance to test out a new bike from Halfords, why not check out our best rides?

After all, it’s better to be out and about than at ho-ho-home!

Monsal Trail, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Calling all Thomas The Tank Engine fans! This unique cycle route is as sweet as it sounds.

Enjoy an 8-mile ride along the former Midland Railway Line. The Monsal Trail in the Peak District is a fantastic route that takes you through disused railway tunnels.

The path is flat and you can go as far as you want, making it ideal if you have children who might want a slightly longer bike ride. For younger riders, you can simply double back when their little legs start getting tired.

Christmas Pie Trail, Farnham to Guildford, Surrey

Fun for all the family, take the Christmas Pie trail from Farnham to Guildford in Surrey.

The 8.5-mile route, which is open all year round, is signed all the way (complete with Christmas pudding logos!) and mostly runs along country paths and quiet lanes.

There’s just one section that crosses a busy road, so take care if you’re with younger kids.

Swinley Forest, near Bracknell, Berkshire

Part of the Crown Estate, Swinley Forest is perfect for toddlers and teenagers alike.

For more experienced cyclists, there is a range of mountain bike tracks, and for little legs, there’s a one-mile gentle route – which is ideal for parents who are exhausted after Christmas Day!

Hop off and you’ll find a fantastic play area for your kids to try out before jumping back on their bikes! And for the more adventurous, there’s a Go Ape with a zip wire and the chance to try out a Segway.

Hicks Lodge Forest, Leicestershire

From toddlers getting their first taste of cycling to young teens perfecting their skills, Hicks Lodge Forest is the perfect place for a Boxing Day bike ride.

Formerly a coal-mining site, this route has been totally transformed into a fantastic place to visit with your family.

If your child has a BMX or mountain bike, then they’ll love the Shell Brook Trail, which takes you around the whole site through mixed woodlands over loads of jumps and bumps. And when you’ve explored the tracks, pop to the cosy cafe for a hot chocolate!

Richmond Park, London

What could be more festive than a family bike ride in London’s stunning Richmond Park?

Cycling on the park’s Tamsin Trail is great for families and even passes where the famous deer are usually grazing. There are around 300 red deer and 350 fallow deer in the park, but just remember not to cycle too close to them.

Visiting the park is a magical experience, especially if it’s been snowing – make sure you take your camera for some stunning winter wonderland shots!

And if you park in the Kingston Gate car park, you can head to the Kingston Gate playground after your bike ride. You’ll find a fairy pergola, along with a tractor and trailer, which is ideal for the little ones.

Loughgall Country Park, Loughgall, Armagh

The beautiful surroundings of orchards, mixed woodland, trails and traffic-free roads mean Loughgall Country Park is the perfect place for your child’s first cycle on their new bike.

And depending on how energetic you and your family are feeling, you can choose between the 2.7-mile Lakeside route, the 2-mile Orchard route or the slightly longer 3.7-mile Bridle route.

There’s plenty to see along the way too, including a gorgeous Walled Garden and an old lime kiln.

If your kids still have any energy left at the end of their bike ride, they can try out the junior adventure trail, complete with swinging steps and a chain walk.

Solar System cycle ride, York

This bike ride is out of this world! In need of a little ‘space’ this Boxing Day? The Solar System Cycle ride in York is a brilliant scale model of all the planets in our solar system, meaning you can test your children’s astronomical knowledge, as well as their cycling skills!

If you’re feeling lethargic after the Christmas dinner, you’ll be happy to hear that the route along the old East Coast main railway line is only around six miles long!

Enjoyed reading this? For more top cycling routes, check out some of our other recommendations here.

 

 

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