It's Father's Day on 18 June and what better way to celebrate than heading out together on your bikes. Whether you both fancy a long-distance cycling challenge or want an easy coastal route, we've put together some of our favourite rides on the National Cycle Network to make this year's Father's Day unforgettable. Here are our suggestions for dads who are:
Go on a culinary adventure in Scotland using the 21 mile Dundee to Arbroath cycle route. This great route hugs the coastline, taking you from the bustling town of Dundee all the way to the quaint seaside town of Arbroath, famous for its Arbroath smokies. This local delicacy is a type of smoked haddock and is still made here using a traditional method dating back to the 1800s. The best thing about a bike ride is that you can work off all the food on the way home. Check out some of our other top foodie hotspots along the Network.
Like the coast
The lovely 21 mile coastal route between Scarborough and Whitby has everything for seaside lovers - fantastic swimming beaches, secluded coves and perfect views. You pass the picturesque fishing villages of Robin Hood's Bay, which is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the British Isles and a great place to stop off, grab a bite to eat, and relax. Need more inspiration? Take a look at some of our other brilliant coastal rides.
Like a cycling challenge
If your dad is a cycling enthusiast then challenge him to this ultimate ride. The 95 mile Dartmoor Way is a new circular cycling route around Dartmoor linking hamlets, villages and towns. It can be done over a couple of days or you could pick a section for a day ride. Definitely not for the faint-hearted this route will get the blood pumping. But with spectacular views along the way it'll be worth the effort. Up for the challenge? Our long distance rides on the National Cycle Network will be perfect for you and your dad.
The 16 mile, largely traffic free Jubilee River route between Windsor and Maidenhead takes in some of the country's most iconic landmarks, including Windsor Castle, Eton Dorney, Eton College and the River Thames. It also takes in Dorney Lakes which are a haven for wildlife in this urban setting.
The National Cycle Network takes you to lots of great RSPB reserves across the UK. The University Way takes you on a 10 mile route from Bedford, along the River Ouse, and through quiet villages and countryside. Arriving at the nature reserve there's cycle parking at the Gatehouse and a hide where you are likely to see spotted flycatchers and hobbies. Grab your binoculars and check out our rides to RSPB reserves.
The 13 mile Causeway Coast Cycle Route in Northern Ireland not only takes you past a world heritage site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but conveniently travels past the 400-year-old Bushmills Distillery. Stop in and sample their wonderful array of single malts. Or if you prefer Scottish malts then read about our routes that take you past some of the best distilleries.
The Afan Valley route travels between Port Talbot and the gorgeous Afan Forest in South Wales. With world-class mountain bike trails you can really test your mettle. Afterwards make sure you kick back with a cold drink from the cafe and soak up the amazing panoramic views. Feeling inspired? Take a look at our favourite challenge rides.
Game for a laugh
Fancy a fun day out, laughter guaranteed? Then why not hire a tandem bike in Lancing on the south coast of England and cycle from Worthing to Brighton. This 12-mile ride is mainly traffic-free and flat so it's the perfect place to have a go. The route takes you along the seafront where you can admire the fabulous beaches on one side and the South Downs on the horizon on the other. There's no shortage of cafes on route for well-earned pit stops.