Ever feel the pressure to deliver a crowd-pleasing weekend activities for the kids and adults in your crew? Given the choice, my child would opt for the iPad and my other half would happily retreat to the shed. Hardly a picture of fun-filled family bonding in the great outdoors.
So here begins the go-to list of family-friendly ideas to do in the great outdoors. It's the list I wished existed but didn’t. Until now...
Electric Bike Hire
Electric bikes are really having a moment right now. They’re raging in popularity across mountainous European resorts such as the Alps and the Pyrenees during Summer months. It's turned them from a fuddy-duddy fad, to a pretty splendid travel option and they’re becoming readily-available to hire across the UK.
Where to hire?
The Woods Cyclery
56 High St, Lyndhurst,
Hampshire, SO43 7BG
We couldn’t recommend these guys more highly. Amazing customer service and a swift hire and return process.
Where to ride?
We used this handy New Forest Website to plan our route for the day. They have brilliant ‘Family Route' suggestions for safe, gentle rides. Lyndhurst to Brockenhurst is 10.9 miles of mostly off-road riding. You can download maps HERE. There are heaps of places to hop off the bikes, explore the forest and have a play.
Electric bikes really make light work of every incline and gravel track, with a ‘Turbo’ setting to really help you power through the forest. Even towing a bike trailer with a lump of of a Labrador in the back was an absolute breeze.
Where to stop?
On your return, take a quick detour to the Oak Inn near Lyndhurst. It’s tucked away down a country lane and is the perfect cosy pub to grab lunch and a pint. Booking is recommended. There's a great wooded area opposite, which is perfect for exploring and tree climbing.
What to pack?
Comfy layers are a must. I always pack a tonne of snacks and a drinks bottle for my ravenous six-year-old. If your kids are riding out back in a bike trailer, then a comfy blanket is a good idea for the Autumn / Winter months.
What will it cost me?
£32.50 for an electric mountain bike
£13 for a bike trailer for the kids / dog
Prices include helmets, backpack, pump, lock, toolkit and a mobile mechanic backup
If you're after more great ways to get the family outdoors this Autumn and Winter, check out Land & Wave's selection of weekend sessions HERE.
This blog is part of our ongoing campaign to 'Disconnect to Reconnect'. Ditch the phones, tablets and TV and get outside. You'll feel amazing for it!
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