15 places to visit by bike this Easter
It's Easter this weekend and there's never been a better time to start cycling in West Yorkshire. Why not take a day out by bike?
Here's a list of places that are easy to get to by bike using the CityConnect routes - and why not use our journey planner to guide you ?
Leeds City Centre
If you're heading into the city to do shopping, meeting friends or having a day out, why not avoid the bank holiday traffic and ride a bike in instead? There's plenty of secure parking places around Leeds such as CyclePoint near the station.
People come from all over the country to visit the Royal Armouries but many who live in Leeds have never been! Entry is free and it's easy to get to by bike. What's more, they've got plenty of events to occupy kids during the school holidays. There's never been a better time for a trip by bike!
Arguably, Saltaire is one of the most accessible UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK - it's definitely the most accessible by bike, with the Aire Valley Towpath taking you almost directly to Salt's Mill. The terrain is never challenging and there's plenty of spots for refreshment along the towpath.
If the route all the way to Saltaire seems a bit too far, then there are closer attractions which are still easily accessible from the canal. Kirkstall Abbey is only a few miles out of the centre of Leeds and is perfect for a picnic. If you keep going, there's The Conservation Volunteers' Hollybush Cafe, with locally made crafts, allotments and of course, tea and cake. Closer to the centre of Leeds, there's Leeds Industrial Musuem which has recently reopened after the Boxing Day Floods.
Last but definitely not least, why not follow CityConnect's cycle superhighway all the way to Bradford? There's the excellent National Media Museum, which has free entry and loads of interactive exhibits to keep the visitors occupied. If you need a place to lock up your bike, there's the Bradford City of Cycling venue, under the NCP car park opposite City Hall, which will keep your bike safe for £1 a day. There's also the marvelous City Park with the Pavilion Cafe if you want to refuel and soak up the spring sunshine before riding back home.
Parks along the routes
Perhaps the simplest and sometimes the most enjoyable thing is a pedal to a park with a picnic. The routes runs straight past Gotts/Armley Park, Myra Shay, Bradford Moor Park and Bramley Falls Park, with many more not too far away. Why not make some packed lunches and enjoy the improving weather?