Top tips for a family cycling holiday

With the UK boasting some stunning rural and scenic cycling and walking trails, families are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a location for an active and adventurous holiday via bike. Here are some of the key things to remember when you are planning a family cycling holiday.

Get the right bike
Being properly fitted for a bike is so important. So, whether you are buying or renting a bike for your holiday, be sure that you do not guess the size and height bike that you need – especially for children who may have had growth spurts! Child seats are great for toddlers and babies as a secure addition to a parent’s bike, with dual bikes and tag-alongs also a great option for the in between stage while making it easier for young children who may not be able to cycle too far.

Choose a location that is right for your family
There are many beautiful places that are perfect for family cycling holidays, with some of the best rural locations found on the south coast. Here, you will find stunning green paths and clear beaches to explore. With many trails to choose from, plan your location around the trails, nearby food spots and activities that you can enjoy as a family. Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays offer stunning properties throughout East Devon with walking and cycling trails on their doorsteps. With many properties complete with an outdoor space and grounds, they are perfect for families to enjoy the outdoors in addition to the peace and quiet that this rural location has to offer.

Plan your cycling routes
Planning your routes in advance are going to keep you on track and minimise the chance of getting lost on the trails, especially if you have younger children who may get fussy. Plan a couple of shorter rides first that are on flat, even land, working your way up to slightly more challenging routes, depending on the age of your children and their abilities.

Also, plan the time of day to cycle. In the warmer months, rise early and be home before lunch to avoid sunburn and uncomfortable heat. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather in your holiday destination too, to make sure that you don’t get caught in the rain.

Always bring snacks and drinks
Especially with younger ones, it is vital to try and avoid hungry tantrums, so some healthy snacks and water or juice are a must if you are planning to be out and about for a few hours and will keep your clan energised. If you are planning a full day trip, factor in a nice pub or café to stop at for lunch and a well-earned rest.

Pack clothing for the weather
Even if the weather is forecast to be sunny, sometimes it can take an unexpected turn; cagouls, umbrellas and waterproof shoe covers may come in handy to stop your little ones getting soaked and ensure they are protected from the weather. Similarly, extra layers are worth taking as well as waterproofs, just in case it gets a bit chilly.

Wherever you plan of escaping to for an active cycling holiday, be sure to fully immerse yourself in the location and enjoy reconnecting and bonding with your family.


  1. Anonymous16:24

    Margaret Clarkson
    Thank you for an interesting article

  2. Thank you for the great tips!

  3. Very interesting. We would never have thought of a cycling holiday!

  4. Thank you - we've always wanted to do a family cycling trip :)

  5. Fab tips, wish I had done this when I was younger and fitter.

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