Bike rides and family friendly routes

With many of us trying to squeeze in a bit of exercise each day during the lockdown, cycling offers a good opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

From riverside rides to woodland adventures, you can explore, spot wildlife and soak up the great outdoors in the fresh air. Don’t forget to pack a snack, such as a banana or a cereal bar, and a bottle of water in warm weather.

Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal towpath is 33 miles long, but you can join it at various points along the route. It winds through many of Surrey and Hampshire’s towns and villages, offering a peaceful, flat and gentle ride.

The path runs from West Byfleet in Surrey where it joins the River Wey and goes through Woking, Brookwood, Mytchett, Ash, Fleet, Church Crookham and Odiham, before finally ending up at Greywell in Hampshire.

Virginia Water Lake

The beautiful lake in Virginia Water has a flat path going all the way around it making it suitable for bikes, prams and wheelchairs. There is a car park at the start of the circular route, which is four-and-a-half miles long.

You will be able to spot ancient monuments and a stunning ornamental cascade waterfall on the route, plus a 100 foot totem pole, which has 10 mystical totem characters.

The lakeside ride is ideal for spotting ducks bobbing on the water.

Box Hill

While riding up the steep hill is best left for the professionals, after all it is one of Britain’s most iconic climbs, there are other gentler routes available on site. The woodlands and chalk downs in Dorking are a popular destination for a family bike ride.

Stick to the bridleway along the side of the hill and admire incredible views over Surrey.

Leith Hill

It is a popular place with walkers and families all year round and it’s a great place for a bike ride. At the top of the hill is a tower which can be climbed by foot when open.

The peak of the tower marks the highest point in South East England at 1,029ft (313m). As with Box Hill this National Trust site in Dorking has challenging cycle paths used by athletes, but the Area of Outstanding Beauty has easier routes for little legs.

River Wey

There are lots of lovely stretches of the River Wey you can experience including a wonderful spot in Guildford.

The town centre has a green oasis at the bottom of the High Street. Start from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and cycle along the River Wey towards Shalford for a tranquil riverside experience.

River Thames

With the Thames meandering through a large chunk of Surrey, there are various places you can join for a bike ride.

If you start in East Molesey, not only will you be able to cycle beside the relaxing river, you will be able to see the impressive walls and gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

There is a pretty route from Hampton Court train station which passes through Surbiton and finishes in Kingston. If you don’t fancy a waterside ride, Bushy Park is located opposite the palace with acres of woodlands to enjoy.

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