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Coastal rides for kids

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

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 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 read our tips here.

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. Souter to St Mary's, South Shields

This coastal route links the two lighthouses of Souter and St Mary's and features a ferry crossing at the River Tyne Estuary on the Shields Ferry. The route is great because it is fairly easy with no strenuous climbs, but it does take you on quiet roads so its better for more confident children.

4. Burgh by Sands to the Solway Coast

This route is better for older children as it's 24 miles.

Taking you past beautiful saltmarsh and farmland before arriving at fantastic beaches, which have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is truly stunning. Once on the Cardurnock peninsula, the route travels to the wetlands paradise of Campfield Marsh, an RSPB nature reserve.

5. Alnmouth to Druridge Bay

This fantastic nine mile route takes you along the magnificent Northumberland Coast and past castles, tourist attractions and quaint fishing villages.

6. 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 fantastic array of activities on offer in Cardiff Bays new International Sports Village.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Scarborough to Hayburn Wyke

This great route takes you along the coastline where you can enjoy spectacular views of the sea in one direction and the North York Moors in the other.

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