Schools out for the summer once again and I bet your kids are itching to get and about on their bikes after weeks of sun. Fear not, we’ve selected five great cycle-friendly hosts ideal for families, that are close to some of the best family-friendly trails in the UK. If don’t have bikes for the whole family, find local cycle hire on the profile pages of these Beds for Cyclists. That family cycling trip need wait no longer.
Where: Nr Matlock, Peak District
About: Four out-standing self-catering log cabins on a working farm in the beautiful Peak District countryside.
Local cycling: Network of brilliant traffic-free routes within just a few miles including the Tissington Trail, High Peak Trail and the recently opened Monsal Trail. Cycle map from Sustrans.
Where: Rhayader, Mid Wales
About: Charming B&B and Bunk House that offer hearty breakfasts made from on-farm produce.
Local cycling: The spectacular Elan Valley Cycle Route. Over 20 miles of traffic-free route around reservoirs and through pine forests. Great local mountain biking and for the keen kids, the challenging Lon Las Cymru cycle route. Cycle map from Sustrans
Where: Nr Brecon, South Wales
About: 3 generously equipped Tipis in a very spacious and peaceful private field. There is also a hand-built, solar powered shower, toilet and kitchen block.
Local cycling: The tranquil Brecon & Monmouth Canal to Abergavenny. A little further away is the more challenging Taff Trail, that runs along forestry tracks passing spectacular reservoirs.
Where: Torrington, North Devon
About: A stunning, 200 year old plus, spacious and luxurious cottage offering cycle hire.
Local cycling: The cottage is minutes from the famous Tarka Trail, which guides cyclists on a beautiful converted railway path through leafyvalleys and over rivers. Approx 30 miles traffic-free. Map from Sustrans
Where: Devizes, Wiltshire
About: Four luxury cottages in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. Limited availability so be quick to book.
Local cycling: The Kennet & Avon Canal cycle route is just a few miles. Ride to Bath past the famous Caen Locks, 29 canal locks over two miles. In the beautiful City of Bath ride through the Two Tunnels Greenway, a unique cycling experience. Cycle map
These brilliant abodes make ideal bases to explore the fantastic local cycle trails, and provide the ever important cycle-friendly facilities that make cycle trips hassle free. Give them a call before the weather makes the TV remote more appealing than handlebars and the summer air.