15 Child-Friendly Bike Rides In Leeds
Leeds, like so many other incredible parts of the UK, holds some fantastic views and gorgeous parks, just waiting for a family on a cycling trip. Here are 15 great places to ride your bike with your family in Leeds.
The Aire Valley Towpath - This waterside path runs from Leeds to Bingley. You’ll follow the Leeds & Liverpool canal as well as the River Aire.
The Wykebeck Way - This path is 12.5 miles long and would take you around 2 hours by bike. This route also holds plenty of wildlife so get ready to see some incredible animals along the way.
The Linesway - This is a 7.8 mile long route that runs along the National Cycle network. This route is traffic-free making it perfect for younger kids.
Yorkshire Dales ‘Starter Hill’ - Although it’s still perfect for kids, it’s recommended they’re familiar with cycling. This route runs from Skipton to Bolton Abbey and would take around 2 hours to complete.
The Nidderdale Greenway - This is a 4 mile converted railway line offering a traffic-free route for kids as well as giving you stunning views since you’ll be passing the Grade 2 listed seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct
Little Toe Pumptrack - This track is based in Wetherby and is aimed at under 10’s since it’s made for more inexperienced riders.
Devil’s Toe Track -This route runs alongside Little Toe Pumptrack. This one is for more experienced and confident riders. A great type of bike to try here is mountain bikes! Mountain bikes help when it comes to uneven terrain.
Anglers Country Park - This park is based in Wakefield and is perfect for kids since the route is flat and the paths are wide. Road bikes are a great option here.
Bodington Playing Fields - If you’re looking for a location offering sessions then this is ideal. Here, you’ll find a circuit with ‘pay and pedal’ sessions available to all abilities and ages.
Calverley Victoria Park - Offering flat tarmac paths, this is a short circular route perfect for younger kids as well as inexperienced riders. You could always give electric bikes a go on this great route.
Wetherby Circular - This cycle path is a 32 mile long route along National Cycle Networks. It’s great if you’re wanting an easy ride whilst still spending a few hours cycling.
Headingley Loop - This loop is 18 miles long and is a great choice if you want tarmacked roads or have balance bikes with you. The perfect bike here is a road bike since they're lightweight. Don't forget your bike helmets!
Bolton Priory Loop from Burley Park - This ride is more challenging than most. It’s 61 miles long and would take you around 5 hours to complete. Hybrid bikes are popular on routes like this but lightweight bikes are preferred.
Almscliffe crag Loop from Headingley - If you’re looking for a route that’s bordering on easy, this cycle route is great. It’s 28 miles long and would take you around 2 hours to complete.
Pateley Bridge Loop from Leeds - This loop is great if you want a full day of riding. This cycling route is 77 miles long and would take you around 6 hours to complete.
Now you’ve got 10 great routes to cycle in Leeds, all you have to do is grab your helmet and head off on a wonderful family day out. Why not try out somewhere like Liverpool next?!