Places to play

Two children playing on climbing frame

These rides are a great way to get kids outside and active.

These great routes on the National Cycle Network are perfect for a fun day out with children. All have things to see and do along the way and end up at fun places to play.

1. Ely to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

Starting at the impressive Ely Cathedral, known as the ‘Ship of the Fens', this mainly traffic free route takes you across the uncluttered landscape of the fens to Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.

2. Llanelli to Pembrey Country Park, Wales

This 12 mile traffic free path follows the coastline offering superb views of the Gower Peninsula and a variety of attractions both natural and man-made. Starting at the Discovery Centre, Llanelli, the route passes Sandy Water Park, local nature reserve Ashpit Ponds and the new marina at Burry Port before reaching Pembrey Country Park.

3. Ingrebourne Valley, London

This short, family friendly ride starts from Ingrebourne Hill and heads along the Ingrebourne Valley, through Hornchurch Country Park and finishes at Upminster Park. There are picnic spots and lots of play areas.

4. Leicester to Watermead Park

Watermead Country Park is a beautiful wildlife and recreation area which is only five miles from Leicester city centre. This mainly traffic free route takes you through this 140 acre green oasis.

5. Worthing to Brighton Aquarium and Pier

The route is very flat and at either end there is a train station to take you back again. The route takes you along the coast where you can admire the fabulous beaches on one side and the South Downs in the horizon on the other. There is no shortage of cafes and amusements to keep young children entertained on route.

6. Aber Valley Cycle Route

From the hustle and bustle of town life in Caerphilly, this 2.5 mile route transports you to tranquil green fields and blue bell-carpeted woods with protected wildlife sites.

7. Exe Valley, Exeter

The five mile, traffic free route is fairly flat and takes in some fantastic views along the River Exe and Exe Estuary. The estuary is a beautiful wildlife reserve, which provides a year-round haven for thousands of birds - great for young birdwatchers.

8. Forest Way, East Grinstead

The 10 mile, traffic free route travels through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides an important habitat for wildlife. The route also passes the village of Hartfield which was the setting for the much loved AA Milne tale ‘Winnie the Pooh'.

9. Spen Valley Greenway

This traffic free route is both a Greener Greenway and an Art Trail. There's loads to spot along the way including sheep artwork constructed from recycled industrial scrap. Plus the Ponderosa Centre, with its rare breed animals, is just off the route, making this a perfect day out for kids. 

For more places to play, why not check out our top 10 park rides

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