Top places to visit by bike with the kids
The team behind West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60m CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk has compiled a list of their favourite places to visit with the kids on cycling routes segregated from traffic.
At 14km the award-winning CityConnect Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway is the longest continuous route of its kind in the UK.
As the name suggests it connects two of Yorkshire’s major cities, Bradford and Leeds, both of which are home to plenty of child-friendly activities.
Just across the way is City Park. With 100 fountains and the Mirror Pool, the UK’s largest urban water feature it’s the perfect place to cool down on a warm summer’s day. (Remember to bring a change of clothes).
If it gets so hot only ice will do then there’s always Bradford Ice Arena just around the corner.
At the opposite end of the Cycle Superhighway, delve into the past at Leeds Industrial Museum or the Royal Armouries, check out some of the family holiday activities on offer at Leeds City Museum or take a walk on the wild side on the Leeds Owl Trail.
The Aire Valley Towpath is a flat route providing an opportunity to explore part of the longest canal in the UK, the Leeds Liverpool canal.
The recently completed Calder Hebble improvements mean you can cycle from the marina in Sowerby Bridge, and link to Hebble Trail to the centre of Halifax, for the children’s museum, Eureka.
Make the most of the Spen Valley Greenway for the Streetbikes ‘Rock Up And Ride’. Every Saturday morning at 9.15am – book your place to take part. They can even provide you with a bike!