Now that we’re set up for cycling and William has learnt to ride without stabilisers, I’m looking ahead to family cycling. Phoebe can go in a back seat on my husband’s bike so we could manage some short cycle rides. I’ve teamed up to collaborate with Fenetic Wellbeing, who are a mobility company working to provide customers with the right healthcare and mobility products for their individual needs. They have recently launched an electric bike range, which sounds like bliss to me! E-bikes are perfect for those who love the outdoor lifestyle but suffer with physical restrictions such as bad knees or arthritis. The PAS (Pedal Assist System) of an electric bike means you only need to apply a small amount of pressure to the pedals to get moving. The electric motor will step in and do the hard work for you. I think it’s a great idea to get more people of varying abilities and ages out on their bikes and exploring.
I saw a programme on TV not long ago where blind people were teamed up with sighted people and they explored together on tandem bikes, with the sighted person describing what they could see. The blind man got so much out of it and all his senses became alive when he was out on the bike. Truly inspiring. That’s why I’m taking part in this #OnYourEBike campaign. If it gets more people out enjoying the countryside, and exercising, I’m all for it. I think my mum would love one. I know I would, I hate hills, and I’d go out on a bike far more often if it had the option of a little assistance.
I’ve been hunting around for some family friendly cycle routes to try out this summer. Apart from the local parks, where else could we go?
Bedgebury Pinetum We’ve been here on a walk and I’ve seen lots of families with bikes, so this is perfect. You don’t pay admission but there is a £10 parking fee. It’s a beautiful forest with a lake and cafe and adventure playgrounds suitable from toddler upwards.
Blean woods national nature reserve One we’ve yet to explore, this ancient woodland has cycling and wheelchair friendly paths and is really family friendly.
Jeskyns community woodland We went here over Easter, although it’s a woodland there’s lots of open spaces and paths, plus they have the gruffalo trail there and 2 playgrounds. There’s a cafe too and toilets and different trails to explore to suit your level.
Milton Creek Country Park This is a hidden gem in Sittingbourne, it’s relatively new in it’s development, it has lots of natural wildlife, a play area and well defined paths. It is also home to the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway which runs though the Park. The Kemsley railway station is nearby.
Mote Park Currently one of our favourites, beyond the playground there is a lake with a path around it which is a good short bike ride. This will probably be our test run.
Lower Leas Coastal Park is in my opinon, a hidden gem in Kent. It’s in Folkestone, there’s a car park right next to the beach which is reasonable or free to park, so you can explore the beach and then the coastal park. It has views, beautiful gardens, an outdoor amphitheater and an awesome sandpit playground. It’s an easy bike ride.
That’s going to be plenty for us to get on with this summer! Have you got any favourite bike rides you take? Do you have a trailer? Have you ever tried or do you have and electric bicycle? Tag me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #OnYourEBike or comment on this blog post.
Disclosure: In collaboration with Fenetic