Family Friendly Cycle Routes

One of the most popular pastimes for families is cycling. It is a healthy, low cost activity that can allow people to enjoy the outdoors and discover and experience new and exciting places.

If you know of any other routes that you would like to share with other families then please email us at familyinfo@buckscc.gov.uk

Please note: 

This is not a definitive list, we are not responsible for the content of external websites. Please check the websites for each route before setting off to ensure the route is suitable.

Obey the rules of the road

Be courteous

  • Many people including the young, elderly and disabled people benefit from shared paths. On a bike, you are probably the fastest moving person on the path so control your speed so as to not startle others.
  • Acknowledge people who give way.

Give way to pedestrians, horse riders or wheelchair users

  • Remember some people are hard of hearing or visually impaired. Don't assume they can see or hear you coming. Ring your bell or call out to warn of your approach.

Care for the environment

  • Follow the countryside code and dispose of your litter responsibly or take home with you.
  • Respect the life and work of the countryside by only cycling on roads, byways, bridleways and cycle paths, not footpaths.

Look after yourself

  • Take care at junctions, when cycling downhill and on muddy or uneven surfaces. Always travel at a speed appropriate to the conditions and ensure you can stop in time.
  • Carry food and drink, mobile phone if you have one, repair kit, map, spare clothing and waterproofs.
  • Always tell someone where you're going and when you’ll be back if you are on your own.
  • Keep your bike well maintained and use lights in poor visibility. It is always advisable to wear a helmet and bright clothing.

Don't go too far. It's easy to forget how tired small children can get and you want them to enjoy it and be excited for their next adventure.

Check the route carefully beforehand so you don't get lost and plan shortcuts in case of tired little legs.

Try and make it interesting. Include plenty of stops for refreshments along the way and keep a look out for parks or playgrounds to break the cycling up.

Keep children warm. If they are on your bike and not pedalling, they can get cold quickly. Even on a fine day, always pack extra clothing as you never know when it will be needed.

Take snacks and drinks to keep those energy levels up.

Please check the route suitability before setting off, as although these are mainly traffic free, there may be small road sections.

Ashridge Estate (Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire border)

There are over 30 miles of public bridleways to cycle on round Ashridge Estate. A cycle map is available to purchase from the visitor centre.


Duncombe Terrace Route

A short, flat, linear ride with great views. Mixed surfaces including farm track, best suited to mountain bikes.

 


Grand Union Canal – Route 6 (Leighton Buzzard to Bletchley)

This narrow towpath is shared by cyclists, walkers and anglers and offers a traffic free, tarmac and fine gravelled route.

  • Start and finish points – Black Bridge, Leighton Buzzard (12 miles return)
  • Facilities – car parking available in Leighton Buzzard or at the train station and also at the Blue Lagoon park in Bletchley. Shops, restaurants and toilets available in Leighton Buzzard.
  • Website - Sustrans - Route 6
  • Distance - 12 miles return

 


Phoenix Trail (Thame to Princes Risborough)

A shared use path for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and horse riders. The surface is part tarmac and part compacted limestone dust. Phoenix Trail is an art trail and incudes 30 artworks along the route. There is also seating approximately every 500 metres. Much of it is smooth and flat enough for bikes with stabilisers and children’s scooters.

  • Start and finish points – Nine different access points along the trail between Thame and Princes Risborough
  • Facilities – car parking, shops and toilets in both Thame and Princes Risborough. Pub in Towersey, partway along the trail.
  • Website - Sustrans - Phoenix Trail
  • Distance - 5 miles

 


Redways (Milton Keynes)

These are a network of over 165 miles of safe paths for cyclists and walkers that travel throughout the entire city of Milton Keynes. They allow you to ride away from the traffic and discover the hidden treasures with your family Milton Keynes has to offer. They are ideal for children or novice cyclists to ride safely and build their confidence. Free Redway guides are available from the Council Offices, The Parks Trust and many local cycle shops. They are also available to download from the website below;

Website - Destination Milton Keynes

 


Stonor to Christmas Common (Chiltern Hills)

A circular ride can be found using a combination of Restricted Byway and Public Bridle paths. Although it is a fairly easy route, parts of the track could be difficult for children with small wheels in bad weather as it can become very muddy. It is a mix of dirt tracks, farmland, gravel roads and woodland and goes through Queens Wood and along the Bridleway.

  • Start and finish points – Stonor Park, contact directly for opening times (6.5 miles)
  • Facilities – Chilterns Pit Stop Café at the Stonor House Visitor Centre. Charges may apply, please contact Stonor House directly for more information. There is also a free Cyclepod bicycle repair station with a free pump for cyclists to use.
  • Website - Cycle Chilterns - Family Cycling
  • Distance - 6.5 miles

 


Wendover Woods – Family Cycle Trail (Wendover)

This is a well surfaced trail which includes some steep climbs and descents. Suitable for families with older children and a good level of fitness.

  • Start and finish points – centre of the woods (8 miles)
  • Facilities – car parking in the woods (charges apply), café with cycle stands nearby, toilets, Go Ape.
  • Website - Cycling in Wendover Woods
  • Route Length - 8 miles

 


Waddesdon Greenway (Waddesdon to Aylesbury)

A traffic free, tarmac and fine gravelled shared use path between Waddesdon Manor and Village and Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station. Local cycle routes from Aylesbury Vale Parkway link up into Aylesbury town centre (some on road). Suitable for bikes with stabilisers and children's scooters.

  • Start and finish points - Start at the Waddesdon Manor Visitor Car Park
  • facilities - free parking, toilets
  • Website - Waddesdon Greenway
  • Distance - 5 miles return

Please check the route suitability before setting off, as some of these may have sections of busy or main roads.

   

Ashridge Estate (Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire border)

There are over 30 miles of public bridleways to cycle on round Ashridge Estate. A cycle map is available to purchase from the visitor centre. 

Ashridge House Route

A short, flat, linear route through the woods. Good quality hard surfaces all the way best suited for road bikes. There is a chance of seeing deer when riding through the woods.


 

Bledlow Circular Ride (Chilterns)

A circular ride through Chiltern countryside with fine open views. Mainly on bridleways, byways and quiet lanes.

 


Chiltern Heritage Trail (Chilterns)

This has been divided into three loops, each is approximately 25 miles long however shorter family routes are shown on the map available on the website listed below.

  • Harding Route (North East Way)
  • Milton Route (Southern Way)
  • Hampden Route (North West Way)
  • Start and finish points – Loops are designed to start and finish in Amersham, although you can join or leave at any point.
  • Facilities – Pubs, shops and car parking throughout the route

 

Heritage Cycle Trail A (Milton Keynes)

This is a circular route which can be split into smaller sections. The full route takes in some minor roads and waterways and may therefore not be suitable for children. An alternative route for families with young children can be found on the online map.

  • Start and finish points – Willen Lake South
  • Facilities – Parking available at Willen Lake, charges apply. There are many pubs, cafes and shops at various points along the route.
  • Website - Milton Keynes Council - Cycle Routes
  • Distance - 15 miles

 

Heritage Cycle Trail B (Milton Keynes)

This is a circular route which can be split into smaller sections. The full route includes some minor roads and waterways and may therefore not be suitable for children.

  • Start and finish points – Willen Lake South
  • Facilities – Parking available at Willen Lake, charges apply. There are many pubs and cafes at various points along the route.
  • Website - Milton Keynes Council - Cycle Routes
  • Distance - 22 miles

 

Heritage Cycle Trail C (Milton Keynes)

This is a circular route which can be split into smaller sections. The full route includes some minor roads and waterways and may therefore not be suitable for children.

  • Start and finish points – Willen Lake South
  • Facilities – Parking available at Willen Lake, charges apply. There are many pubs and cafes at various points along the route.
  • Website - Milton Keynes Council - Cycle Routes
  • Distance - 12.6 miles

 

Heritage Cycle Trail D (Milton Keynes)

This is a circular route which can be split into smaller sections. The full route includes some minor roads and waterways and may therefore not be suitable for children.

  • Start and finish points – Furzton Lake, North Side
  • Facilities - Parking available at Furzton Lake, charges apply. There are many pubs and cafes at various points along the route.
  • Website - Milton Keynes Council - Cycle Routes
  • Distance - 21 miles