1) The Mini Pump Track at Haldon Forest Park
The mini pump track at Haldon Forest Park is a great spot to take younger children – those confident with balance bikes really enjoy the free wheeling thrills, and those learning to pedal can cover a good distance in a small area.
It’s located close to the cafe, car park (charges apply) and right by the large sandy play area, making it a great place to spend a good few hours having fun!
If your little cyclist wants to go further or to join a family ride, then you can venture into the Discovery Trail but be aware there are road crossings and some inclines involved.
2) Polsloe Bridge Cycle Training Area
This brilliant community resource has free parking, huge green spaces and a play area, as well as the specially marked out cycle training area and a long section of flat, wide path.
It’s the perfect place to take those just beginning to get to grips with riding a bike. For more details, read our post here.
3) Exeter’s Eastern Fields
Exeter’s Eastern Fields have great sections of flate, wide paths which are brilliant for running alongside your learner, or for when you need a place to practise starting and stopping!
There’s free parking at Exeter Arena, with a huge new skate park to play on too. For more traditional play equipment you can walk through the fields to Arena Park and then free wheel down sloped paths again!
For more about Eastern Fields, read our blog post here.
4) Budlake Post Office to Killerton Orchard
The path from Budlake Old Post Office towards Killerton House is short, but flat and wide and usually fairly quiet. It’s a favourite of ours and is where my eldest finally cracked stopping without falling off!
At certain times of year, this field is used as an overflow car park or for grazing animals so it’s worth checking before you set out. For more information, read our blog post here
5) Cranbrook Country Park
Cranbrook Country Park is brilliant for bike riding, and now the network of paths has been extended it also has the potential to provide for longer bike rides as well as beginners.
The flat, traffic free paths take you through lovely countryside and there are play areas, ships, a pub and a cafe all within easy reach too. Read more about it here.