Local cycling routes and rides to do this Bike Week

Local cycling routes and rides to do this Bike Week

Celebrate cycling this Bike Week!

 

Improve your heart health, boost your fitness, enhance your navigational skills, relieve stress and help the planet; there’s lots to get peddling for this Bike Week.

Bike Week takes place on 6th – 12th June 2022. This year it’s all about you and your local community, and so we thought we’d share some of our favourite local bike riding routes for you and your children to get out and about this Bike Week!

 

Wyre Forest

Wyre Forest is rated as one of the top three most ecologically important forests in Britain so offers fantastic scenery to cycle around. The family cycle route uses forest roads to take you through a varied woodland landscape. Green circular markers make the two cycle trails easy to follow.

Start from the Discover Centre near Callow Hill. The centre offers toilets and a cafe too. If arriving by car, take some change for the car park machine.

You can now hire bikes from Bewdley Outdoors, based at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre – perfect if you don’t have a bike rack but want to go for a bike ride with the family!

 

Canal Towpaths

Our local canal network provides an abundance of flat towpaths along which to ride. In the springtime it’s lovely to cycle alongside the waterways, spotting herons and ducklings along the way.

 

One of our favourite canal routes is from Stourton to Kinver, with a well-earned rest and packet of crisps at The Vine, before riding home, or a stop at The Lock for one of their delicious burgers!

 

Dudmaston Hall, Shropshire

The whole family can enjoy a cycling adventure into the woods at Dudmaston Hall, near Bridgnorth. Whether you’re experienced or just a beginner, the mountain bike route through the woods is a fantastic way to take in the local scenery. Open 365 days per year this is a great way to enjoy all the seasonal changes on this beautiful part of the National Trust estate.

 

The South Staffordshire Railway Walk

This route (near Baggeridge Park) runs from Wolverhampton’s Aldersley Stadium to Himley, then continues as the Kingswinford Railway walk to Pensnett, running near Himley Hall. The route is road free as it runs along an old railway so crosses the roads via bridges. There are picnic sites dotted along the way.

This route is suitable for all abilities, including young children as it’s mostly flat. Free car parking is available at the Old Wombourne Station, and at Himley Station.

 

Sandwell Valley Country Park

Sandwell Valley is a great place for a family bike ride, with different options for all levels of ability.

There are miles of easy cycle routes. A cycle around the reservoir is a nice route for small children, and for the more adventurous, there’s a 3.5k Mountain Bike Track as well as a Pump Track, located near to the adventure park, with lots of big bumps to ride over.

 

Stratford Greenway

The Stratford Greenway follows the course of part of the Honeybourne Line, a single-track railway built in 1859 by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway and closed in 1976. Now a trail for walkers and cyclists, the route links the attractive town of Stratford-upon-Avon with the village of Long Marston. Click here for a route.

 

Arrow Valley Lake and Park

The whole family can enjoy a cycling adventure around the Arrow Valley lakes, near Redditch and following the sign posted trail.

 

Tudor Grange Park, near Solihull

A joint venture with Solihull Cycling Club, and British Cycling, the track was the brainchild of Olympic silver medallist Harry Reynolds. It is ideal for those interested in this fast-paced and fast-growing Great British sport. Ideal for pro-training, or just for children having fun or learning to ride – the figure of eight track is big enough for everyone!

 

 

Tips to get your bike ready for summer

 

Maurice is Aspire’s resident expert on all things cycling. Here he shows you how to get your bike ready for the coming months, helping you have a safe and happy cycling summer.

 

 

 

 

Source

https://raring2go.co.uk/2022/05/family-bike-riding-routes/