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National Bike Week: There’s Time to Get in the Saddle at Park Leisure

Absorb stunning, tranquil scenery. Explore charming, peaceful little villages. Get active whilst making room for a cheeky drink and snack afterwards.

What do we speak of? Cycling, of course… and if you’re looking for an excuse to get on the pedals, it’s National Bike Week from 8-16 June.

To celebrate this much-anticipated week, there’s no better place to be than at Park Leisure. Why not make the most of the warmer, longer days with a scenic bike ride nearby our idyllic coastal and country parks?

Family cycling through woodland.

These cycling routes are specially chosen to allow you to explore all those beautiful, hidden local gems surrounding our parks.

Keen cyclist?

Our handpicked locations throughout the country, from Cornwall to Northumberland to Anglesey, are perfectly placed for exploration - and getting in the saddle is a great way to appreciate all the nearby natural beauty.

By becoming a member of our ownership community, or taking a holiday at one of our parks, you’ll have stunning surroundings on your doorstep! Explore holidays or discover the benefits of ownership at Park Leisure.

To give you some biking inspiration, here are some fantastic routes that are suitable for the casual rider - one nearby each of our 12 parks! If you’ve got the little ones with you, they’re also perfect for a relaxing cycle ride.

North Wales - Lôn Eifion Cycleway

Home to our stunning Brynteg and Plas Coch parks, of course. This route will have you winding through the glorious coast and country of North Wales.

Starting in nearby Caernarfon at its historic castle, this is the Lôn Eifion Cycleway - and it’ll guide you past Snowdonia’s peaks and the bay at Caernarfon, as well as all those pretty little villages before finishing at Bryncir. Keep your eyes peeled for some steam trains on the Welsh Highland Railway, too!

If you haven’t got bikes with you, Menai Bikes in Caernarfon will be able to sort you out.

Senior couple cycling through woodland.

Yorkshire-Lancashire - Malham Tarn & The Swale Trail

When it comes to cycling in the Yorkshire Dales and the beautiful surrounding areas, it’s hard to go wrong. It wasn’t the focal point for the 2014 Tour de France just by chance!

If you’re at our Chantry, Littondale, Ribble Valley or Yorkshire Dales parks, we’d recommend giving the Malham Tarn cycle route a shot. It’s a fairly easy ride, suitable for the family - and the views are spectacular!

For a little bit more of a challenge, pack the bikes up and head to the 12-mile Swale Trail. Lap up the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding valleys; this new route connects the two lovely villages of Reeth and Keld.

The first half of the ride, from Reeth to Gunnerside, is fairly simple and suitable for casual riders and kids of all ages; the second half, from Gunnerside to Keld, will make you work for your post-ride refreshment! We’d only recommend this part if you think you’re up to a bit of mountain biking.

Family cycling through woodland.

Cornwall - The Clay Trails

If you’re at Oyster Bay, Par Sands or Pentire, don’t miss out on this lovely selection of Cornish cycle routes, the Clay Trails - so called because of the area’s historic connection to mining. Depending on the length and difficulty you’re after, there should be something for you!

For an easy starter, why not try the Par Beach to Eden Project route? Soak up the glorious Cornish coastline as well as the charming little clay villages, ticking off two major Cornwall landmarks on the way! But if you’re up for breaking a sweat, the St Austell circular might be more up your alley...

Younger couple cycling next to river, through woodland.

Herefordshire - The Three Rivers Cycle Ride

This route comes right past Suckley, just on the doorstep of our Malvern View park - so if you’re up for a relaxing cycle, the Three Rivers Leisure Cycle Ride will suit you down to the ground.

Make the most of this area’s hidden, relatively less-traveled gems… absorb picturesque rolling hills and expansive views across Herefordshire’s beautiful countryside. There are three levels of difficulty, so it all depends on how brave you’re feeling.

Senior couple cycling; man in foreground with legs off pedals.

Northumberland - Warkworth West Loop

If you’re at our tranquil Amble Links park, there’s definitely no shortage of natural beauty - meaning that finding a stunning cycle route couldn’t be easier.

One of our favourites is the Warkworth West Loop, a 10-mile trail that guides you past a number of iconic Northumberland landmarks: Warkworth’s medieval castle, Amble’s long sandy beach and also the quiet countryside. The perfect day out!

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