Top places to visit in West Yorkshire by bike with your kids this half-term
Family cycles can make for the most memorable days out. In need of some inspiration?
Here are some of the region’s top places to visit by bike with kids this half-term on segregated cycle routes as chosen by the team behind West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60m CityConnect programme aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and walk.
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, home to the Mirror Pool - the largest urban water feature in the UK. At night the Mirror Pool transforms into a light, laser and water display, making it a great place to visit with the kids on those long winter evenings.
Why not double the fun and visit the 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 Castleford to Wakefield Greenway links Fairies Hill Locks by Whitwood Golf Course with Methley Bridge, with the option to treat the kids to some cake at Methley Bridge Farm Shop.
Check out our new and improved section of towpath on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal between Milnsbridge and the town centre, where you could visit Huddersfield Art Gallery or download one of Huddersfield Local History Society’s walking maps and learn more about the town’s past.
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “We’re blessed with some wonderful cycling and walking routes, which are not only connecting people with employment and training opportunities, but also helping open up access to some of our best countryside.”