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Great Easter days out

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The National Cycle Network is a great place to spot signs of spring

Family cycling

At 14,000 miles, a third of which is traffic free, there are plenty of routes to discover

Family having a picnic

If the weather is good pack a picnic and head to the local park

This Easter visit some of the UK’s best attractions, castles and fantastic historical landmarks by bike or on foot.

Here are some of our favourites from across the UK that are within easy reach of the National Cycle Network, and are holding special Easter events.  

1. The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Clay Trails take you to the Eden Project, where you get a discount on entry if you arrive by bike. Between 5 March and 10 April they are holding the Great Eden Egg hunt and there will also be lots of egg-themed games.

2. Llanelli Wetland Centre, Carmarthenshire

The Port Talbot to Kidwelly route is largely traffic free and takes you through woodland, along coastlines and into some of Wales' best urban landscapes. You’ll pass Llanelli Wetland Centre and from Friday 25 March to Monday 11 April, you can join in a giant duck hunt across their beautiful grounds.

3. Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

The Scarborough to Whitby route is a lovely coastal ride with fantastic views, secluded coves and historic sites. On arriving in Whitby go on an Easter Adventure Quest being held at the Abbey between Friday 25 and Monday 28 March. Find characters from the past to help you solve the challenge and seek out your chocolate reward.

4. Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester

The Trans Pennine Trail between Stretford and Dunham Massey is seven miles of traffic free cycling. This Easter the National Trust has teamed up with Cadburys to run an Easter egg trail in the grounds of this beautiful property, and hundreds of others.

5. Lee Valley Country Park, London

The London Docklands and Lea Valley route takes you through River Lee Country Park which is holding an Easter Country Fair on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 March. The two day fair features jousting performances, birds of prey flying displays, miniature pony displays and stalls selling arts and crafts.

6. Shipley Country Park, Derbyshire

The 10 mile Nutbrook Trail travels through this fantastic 700 acre Country Park. On Sunday 27 March they will be hosting a range of fun Easter activities including a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and a treasure hunt to find hidden bunnies.

7. Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

The six mile Telford to Ironbridge route is largely traffic free and takes you to 10 museums celebrating the area's rich heritage. Visit Blists Hill Victorian Town between 25 March and 10 April and you’ll be able to join in with their traditional Easter celebrations and with daily Egg Dancing.

8. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

National Route 75 travels through Edinburgh and out to Balerno. You’ll pass close to the beautiful Botanic Gardens which are running a Lindt Golden Bunny Hunt between 28 March and 6 April. Once you’ve uncovered his hiding place you’ll be rewarded with an Easter chocolate treat.

Find a route near you with our best regional routes.

Check out our other great family days out.