Coastal rides for kids

Two adults, one with a child on their bike, riding past a beach

These coastal rides make for a great day out with your kids.

Woman sits on staircase on the beach, Burry Port, National Route 4
Group of children on bikes on a traffic free cycle path

Children love exploring the seaside on foot and by bike.

Children and adults will both love to cycle along these fantastic seaside routes on our National Cycle Network. Offering brilliant views out over the sea, we have chosen a selection of coastal routes that are largely traffic free and offer a range of things for kids to see and do. These family-friendly rides offer great options for low-cost days out.

If you need advice about cycling with children, take a look at our hand guide. 

1. Swansea Bike Path

Following the wide curving sweep of Swansea Bay this route offers fantastic views across to Mumbles Head and the start of the Gower Peninsula. Starting at Swansea Marina, the path follows the coastline to the Victorian seaside town of Mumbles along the route of the former Mumbles railway.

2. Camel Trail, Cornwall

One of the most popular recreational routes in the country, the Camel Trail runs from Padstow to Poley's Bridge, via Wadebridge and Bodmin. The trail passes through the wooded countryside of the upper Camel Valley and alongside the picturesque Camel Estuary - a paradise for birdwatchers.

3. Cardiff Bay Trail 

This easy traffic-free circular trail runs around Cardiff Bay and across to the seaside town of Penarth via the Pont Y Werin bridge. It's perfect for families and returning cyclists and provides a fantastic opportunity to explore Cardiff Bay's vibrant waterfronts cafes, bars and restaurants; heritage sites, and the fantastic array of activities on offer in Cardiff Bay's new International Sports Village.

4. South Coast Promenades - Worthing to Brighton

This great, largely traffic-free ride takes you along the coast where you can admire the fabulous beaches of Worthing and Brighton on one side and the South Downs in the horizon on the other. Please note there is an on-road section at Shoreham Harbour where you should take care.

5. Rhos-on-Sea to Pensarn

This wonderful coastal route uses the wide sea promenade that stretches from Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay to Pensarn. Enjoy the sea breeze as you pass through the bustling seafront of Colwyn Bay. Further on you'll pass the curious concrete anchors that have been dumped in great heaps along the coast to prevent erosion from the sea.

6. Millennium Coastal Path 

Taking you along a mixture of beautiful coastline and picturesque woodland, the Millennium Coastal Park is rich in wildlife and history, and is one of the most stunning sections of the Celtic Trail. An easy-going and traffic-free route, the path is a tranquil green corridor that offers superb views of the Gower Peninsula and is perfect for a family day out.

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