Rides to fun destinations

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Some of the best tourist attractions Britain has to offer are within easy reach of our National Cycle Network

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These rides and tourist attractions make for a great day out with the kids.

Over the summer holidays it can sometimes be difficult keeping the kids entertained. Luckily some of the best tourist attractions Britain has to offer are within easy reach of our National Cycle Network.

Travelling to a fun day out on foot or by bike can make sure that the journey is as memorable as the destination. These rides and tourist attractions make for a great day out with the kids. 

Here are our top eight days out within cycling and walking distance from the National Cycle Network:

1. Go Ape, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Route 648 takes you right into Sherwood Forest and two-thirds of this short route are traffic free. Channel your inner Tarzan with this network of zip wires and high ropes which is only 20 miles from Nottingham. The longest zip wire is 140 metres! 

2. Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

The traffic free Pentewan Trail takes you from St Austell to Mevagissey vis the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The fantastic 200 acre Lost Gardens of Heligan are amazing all year round. Here you can discover the Victorian Productive Gardens, lush sub-tropical Jungle and their pioneering wildlife project.

3. Afan Forest Park, South Wales

The Afan Valley route travels between Port Talbot and the gorgeous Afan Forest. Test your mettle at this world class mountain bike centre which has a range of bike trails for all levels and abilities.

4. Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

The Telford to Ironbridge Gorge route takes you to the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. It's a great day out and the heritage site is now home to 10 museums celebrating the social and industrial history of the area.

5. The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Clay Trails are a great way to access this fantatstic destination. The Eden Project, which offers discounts (and fast-track queueing) to people arriving on foot or by bike, is a famously popular visitor attraction. This scenic network of clay trails first opened in March 2005 and there are four to choose from. 

6. Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

The Forth and Clyde Canal trail links Glasgow to Falkirk providing a wonderful, flat traffic-free walking and cycling route across central Scotland. The highlight of this route is the famous Falkirk Wheel, the world's first and only rotating boat lift which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

7. Ecos Millennium Environmental centre, Northern Ireland

The ecos trail takes you through the centre of the Ecos Millenium Environmental Centre. Set in an 150 acres of parkland you can have fun exploring the natural world and how we use it. You can experience wildlife first-hand in its natural habitat and learn about alternative energy technologies.

8. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, North West

Route 62 takes you right past Blackpool Pleasure Beach, one of Britain's favourite amusement parks. Whether you're there for the white knuckle roller coasters or the fun family shows, you'll be sure to have a great time.  

For more fun days out check our rides for families.

Check out our best regional routes for things to do near you.