- Place to ride with kids in Devon? (Hive mind required)
Staying in Brixham (near Paignton) and brought some bikes but the coastal path here has too many steps/cliffs for the kids to ride along.
Anywhere local-ish I can take them? Got car and bike rack?
Not looking for anything gnar as just with kids and Mrs who hasn’t riden a bike in years just something like the FOD family trail or similarPosted 11 months ago
Haldon, as mentioned above. The green trail is doable by a 4yr old on a balance bike/little pedal bike. The top blue trail is not much more difficult, but the longer blue loop down the hill is slightly more technical (not at all technical really, but might be a bit much for a nervous wife or young kids).
You can park for free at Darts Farm, and then cycle along the estuary on a very good cycle path all the way to Exmouth and back. Couple of nice pubs along the way too. We’re doing this tomorrow with the yearling in the trailer, and the 4 1/2 year old on her pedal bike (she’ll probably do the return leg on the trailer).
Worth having a look around Darts Farm, expensive shopping, but a very nice deli, and really excellent fish and chips. The Cotswold Leisure shop sometimes has some bargains too.Posted 11 months ago
Cheers guys haldon looks like a good shout.
My boys are 5 and 7 both confident on pedal bikes so should be fine if we take it easy.
Me and the Mrs only on hybrids mine cost me £70 last week and I have slapped some spare parts on it and not tested it yet so won’t be pushing it much!Posted 11 months ago
Went to haldon today and had a good (bit eventful) time, did the green in less than half hour but then kids followed me j to the pump track and the eldest went straight over the first burm and landed upside down in a 2 foot deep drainage ditch….
Then we went to the skills area for a bit and decided to do the blue (Spicer’s) kids were flying off ahead but my GF was lagging behind (more on the downhill/twisty bits that uphill) because she hasn’t roddera bike in years and never really off-road…
I eas trying to keep eyes on the kids and her and ended up riding into a tree stump while looking behind… Went OTB into a bush and had about 200 thorns in my forearm… Was a soft landing just spikey.
The kids rode off ahead I caught the oldest one up but his brother had gone ahead on his own so we chased him down only to get back where we started and he wasn’t there… So started to panic about a 5 year old being on his own in the woods! I raced off around the trail again full speed panicking but found him about half way around another lap! He thought his brother was in front of him so was frantically trying to catch up.Posted 11 months agodaernMember
Worth bearing in mind that the red loop at Haldon is a pretty easy one (really, it’s a blue) and I rode it for the first time with my youngest when he was 7yo and he loved it. In fact, for kids, Haldon is really good, although adults would find it a bit limited pretty quickly, I think.Posted 11 months ago
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