Camping and cycling adventures

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Head off in to the country to camp and experience a little wilderness

Child and an adult cycling on a traffic free path

These camping and cycling adventures are a fun way to go on holiday

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Riding with your tent on your bike and the wind on your face feels fantastic

These campsites are conveniently near to the National Cycle Network, so you can use them for a base for exploring or a stopping off point on your adventure! 

Best for yurts and teepees

The Strawberry Line is mainly traffic free and passes marshes and cider apple orchards around Yatton, steep wooded valleys and a tunnel through the Mendips, to historic Axbridge and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge. On arriving head to Cheddar Petruth Paddocks and stay in a yurt.

Best for camping pods 

The South Coast Promenades route provides a great opportunity for a traffic-free ride along the sea front to Saltdean or Worthing. Stay at the Brighton Caravan Club Site in one of their fun camping pods.

Best for camping near the sea

Berwick to Lindisfarne offers a 15 mile jaunt to Holy Island. Basing yourself at Berwick Seaview Caravan Club Site is a great idea – it has spectacular scenery of Northumberland and overlooks the river estuary.

Best for woodland adventures

The New Forest Ride is six miles each way and takes you on a lovely tour of the New Forest, travelling from the pretty village of Brockenhurst to the Forestry Commission’s Holmsley Campsite. It also offers direct access to forest walks and safe cycling tracks, ideal for exploring local nature with the whole family.

Best for urban camping

London's Docklands and Lea Valley is a 26 mile ride starting at the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage site, past the Isle of Dogs and onto the Lea Valley Regional Park. Here you’ll find the Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Site, a peaceful site with great facilities.

Best for spending time at a farm

Hull to Fakenham is a long distance route but you could cycle the section between Kings Lynn and Ringstead which is a more manageable 17.5 miles. You’ll find Courtyard Organic Farm two miles to the east of Ringstead. Basic sleeping accommodation is available in a converted barn.

Best for riverside life

The Peregrine Path straddles the Wales/England border, following the River Wye from the historic town of Monmouth in south east Wales to Goodrich in Herefordshire. Along the way you’ll find Symonds Yat East Riverside Camping, a family run 20 pitch campsite on the bank of the River Wye.

Best for lough-side life

The Strangford Lough Cycle Trail is 100 miles long and circumnavigates the Lough. It’s easy to choose smaller sections to do and it's traffic free in Newtownards, Downpatrick and Comber. Basing yourself at Delamont Camping and Caravanning Site in Killyleagh is a great idea. Perched on the shore of the lough it’s a well-kept, 63-pitch family site.

Best for caravanning

If canvas isn't your thing then the Caravan Club has lots of brilliant sites across the UK. The York Rowntree Park site is right on the York to Naburn route. As you leave the site simply follow signs for National Route 65.

Best for camping in a National Park

Pencelli Castle Campsite is in the heart of the Brecon Beacons and a perfect base to explore the area. The Brecon to Monmouthshire Canal towpath runs right along the edge of the site too.

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Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these rides have lots of things to see and do along the way. 

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