Whether your children are tiny tots or tall teenagers, you can all have fun cycling together as a family. It’s a fantastic and healthy way to do something where everyone is involved and at the end there is great sense of achievement too.

We are very lucky to live near the beautiful Surrey Hills and have stunning areas of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep - so what better way to explore them than on our bikes! As parents of two boys, we have often looked for things to do at the weekends that don’t involve a screen and a huge amount of money; cycling has been the perfect activity. Now the boys are a bit older, they often lead the way, but we’ve also had a lot of fun over the years with them on tag-alongs. There’s nothing like whizzing along a beautiful Surrey cycle trail on a crisp autumn day.

So before you get out there: plan your route and give everyone’s bikes a quick check over the day before you go. Always take a backpack with the following: a puncture repair kit, some cash for an ice cream or hot chocolate break, locks for the bikes and plenty of water and snacks. It’s advisable to wear layers including a shower-proof jacket, gloves are a good idea too as little hands can get cold very quickly when pedaling along.

It’s usually best to cycle behind your children so you can keep an eye on them and let them set the pace. Build in places of interest such as a playground or good trees for climbing, and stops along the way for a drink or a picnic. Start with a shorter route and gradually build up to longer distances.

Why not take the family out this weekend and try one of these routes:

  1. Peaslake and the Hurtwood (for more details go to http://ridden.cc/mtb-trails-around-peaslake-surrey-hills/
  2. Alice Holt Forest near Farnham
  3. Shalford-Bramley-Cranleigh old railway line

All of these trails offer a great trip out, are safe and suitable for adults and children of all ages. Enjoy!