10 best walks and bike rides for children

Get out and about with a family bike ride or walk with these top cycle routes and off-road trails

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Richmond Park, London – One of the most picturesque parks in London (there are quite a few in the capital – honest!) It’s packed full of exotic plants, deer and cafes and you can avoid hills, so it should be easy for the whole family.

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Troll Trail, Isle of Wight – The Troll Trail between Merstone and Shide is traffic-free and crosses many bridges – where all those trolls live, of course. 

Cuckmere Haven, Sussex – This two-mile trail takes in the scenery of the Seven Sisters and ends up at a tranquil beach for a spot of shell collecting. 

Phoenix Trail, Buckinghamshire – This trail runs from Princes Risborough to Thame with fabulous views of the Chiltern Hills along the way.

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire – Starting in the Cannop Valley, this circular family cycle trail follows an old railway route past plenty of great picnic sites. 

Flatford Mill to Dedham on the River Stour, Suffolk – Take a walk along the open water meadows along the banks of the River Stour where Constable was inspired to paint his famous oils. 

Hopton Blue Trail, Shropshire – This one-kilometre cycling route is suitable for novices and young children. It is also close to the car park and picnic area. Tel: 01547 528753

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Rutland Water, Rutland – There are 25 miles of coastline around this man-made lake, but take your walk close to Normanton Church Museum – a surreal vision. 

Llyn Mair, Gwynedd, North Wales – An easy walk through the woodlands along the edge of the picturesque lake. You can even ride on the historic Ffestiniog Railway. 

Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire – Walk through a deer park and along beautiful water garden in the historic Fountains Abbey.

Birnam Woods, Perthshire This is a gentle stroll from the pretty village of Birnam, taking in Beatrix Potter’s garden, the lovely River Tay and Macbeth’s famous oak tree, all along pushchair-friendly paths. 

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