Top 5 Family E-Bike Breaks This Summer
Is it ever possible to keep both the kids and the bank manager happy? With school holidays creeping up on us, many parents are starting to panic about how to get through six long weeks of hearing ‘I’m bored!’. How can we give them a fun, memorable time (and stay in their good books) while avoiding spending money we don’t have on foreign holidays? ‘Staycations’ may be the latest buzzword for prudent adults, but the only things that are cool for kids are thrills, adventures and something to tell their mates about.
The good news is you don’t need to max out the credit card or fly a thousand miles to give them something to boast about in September. Electric bike hire schemes, in amazing destinations across the UK, guarantee fun for all the family this summer. With hire averaging around £20 a day, you needn’t break the bank – or a sweat!
E-bikes are just like normal bikes – without any of the pain, perspiration or pushing uphill. With a little light pedaling, the motor takes you up to 15mph, making hills and headwinds look like a breeze. For those with young children, you can add all the usual seat and trailer attachments as with ordinary bikes – it just won’t feel like you are dragging several people along with you. Teenagers will be pleased to hear you can ride your own e-bike at 14. Any slightly younger than that might like to hire a normal mountain bike and enjoy the fact that you can keep up with them for once!
The Devon Coast-to-Coast is a great route for families, as it is almost all traffic-free and well-surfaced. Lots of castles, railways and ponies to see along the way, as well as the stunning Dartmoor landscape. Devon Cycle Hire offer
child seat attachments and tag-alongs to amble en famille along The Granite Way.
2. Suffolk Heritage Coast
A good old British seaside cycle, complete with pebbles, piers and promenades. Stop off at beaches along the way, show your children around ancient castles and burial grounds, and point out the fascinating birdlife. And you don’t have to have aching muscles to deserve some fish ‘n’ chips at the end of the day! Just E-Bikes run 9 hire points along this picturesque stretch of coast.
3. Isle of Wight
The ferry will make it feel like a holiday (at a fraction of the cost); those with a bit more budget could add even more excitement by travelling by hovercraft. The island is full of potential e-bike adventures, coastal and inland. If you are feeling particularly daring, Axcess hire offer an e-bike especially for those who want more of a thrill.
4. Lake and Peak District
The highest hills and miles of endless lanes might not have sounded like a relaxing summer holiday, but e-bikes really take the effort out of it. The Electric Bicycle Network offer e-bikes in both the Lake and Peak Districts, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views. That family photograph at the top of the tallest peak will look even better without the red cheeks and sweat stains!
5. South Downs
A convenient scheme for families looking for days out close to London, with hire points in Petersfield and Midhurst. The South Downs are England’s newest National Park and if you are lucky you will spot some of the area’s rare butterflies and orchids. Plenty of National Trust interests along the way too, if you want to combine the outdoors with a history lesson, including Jane Austen’s house in Chawton.