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Planning the Ultimate Family-Friendly Bike and Glamping Holiday

Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds chirping, stepping outside your luxurious canvas hideaway to the scent of crisp morning air, ready to embark on a family adventure through scenic landscapes on your bikes.

Combining the freedom of cycling with the comfort of glamping offers a unique way to explore nature with your loved ones.

At Bike Club and Feather Down Farms, we believe in creating memorable experiences that cater to all ages, ensuring both excitement and relaxation.

Step 1: Choose Your Destination

The first step in planning your family-friendly bike and glamping holiday is selecting the perfect destination. Both the UK and Europe offer an array of beautiful locations that are ideal for such an adventure.

Bike Club suggests looking for areas with a mix of easy trails for children and more challenging routes for the seasoned cyclists in your family. National parks, coastal paths, and countryside trails are all great options. Consider destinations like the New Forest in Hampshire or the Tarka Trail in Devon, both known for their family-friendly bike paths and stunning scenery.

Feather Down Farms has several farms that provide not only comfortable glamping accommodations but also access to nearby cycling routes. Locations like Glastonbury Farm in Somerset or College Farm in Norfolk offer beautiful, safe environments where kids can explore, and parents can relax.  

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Step 2: Plan Your Routes

Once you've chosen your destination, it's time to plan your cycling routes. Bike Club offers some handy tips to help you map out family-friendly bike paths. Look for trails that have:

- Smooth surfaces: Ideal for younger children or beginners.

- Moderate distances: Consider how far your family can comfortably cycle in a day, typically 5-15 miles for families with young children.

- Attractions along the way: Stops for picnics, playgrounds, or places of interest can make the journey more enjoyable for everyone.

For example, the Cuckoo Trail in East Sussex offers a peaceful route with dramatic sculptures and plenty of carved wooden seats to stop along the way.

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Step 3: Choose Your Glamping Site

After a day of cycling, nothing beats returning to a comfortable glamping site. Feather Down Farms provides 24 locations across the UK, with spacious canvas hideaways providing real beds, wood-burning stoves and private showers and toilets.

Here are some features to look for when choosing your glamping site:
- Family-sized accommodations: Ensure there's enough space for everyone to sleep comfortably.

- Kitchen facilities: Being able to cook your meals adds convenience and can be a fun family activity.

- On-site activities: Farms that offer animal interactions, playgrounds, or nature trails can provide additional entertainment.

- Scenic surroundings: Look for sites with beautiful views, access to nature, and a sense of tranquillity.

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Step 4: Pack Wisely

Packing for a biking and glamping trip requires a bit more thought than a regular holiday. Here's a checklist to help you get started:

- Biking Gear: Helmets, bike lights, repair kits, and appropriate clothing for cycling in various weather conditions.

- Glamping Essentials: Comfortable clothes for the evening, toiletries, and any personal items.

- Cooking Supplies: While Feather Down glamping sites provide kitchen equipment, bringing along some favourite spices or snacks can be a nice touch.

- Outdoor Gear: Don't forget items like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.

- Entertainment: Books, games, and perhaps a camera to capture your adventures.

- Your bike! Bike Club offers an array of family-sized bikes to ensure everyone is equipped for the journey. Whether you need balance bikes, teenage BMX’s or bikes for adults, they have you covered.

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Step 5: Embrace the Experience

The essence of a family biking and glamping holiday is to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy quality time with your loved ones while being active. Encourage kids to observe wildlife, take in the scenery, and enjoy the simplicity of life away from screens and schedules.

Feather Down Farms provides a unique opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with each other and the environment. Spend your evenings by the campfire, share stories, and gaze at the stars. 

Step 6: Safety First

Safety is paramount, especially when biking with children. We would highlight the importance of:

- Wearing helmets: Always ensure everyone wears a properly fitted helmet.

- Sticking to designated paths: Avoid busy roads where possible and stick to trails designed for bikes.

- Staying hydrated and fuelled: Pack plenty of water and snacks for the ride.

- Knowing your route: Familiarise yourself with the trail and have a map or GPS on hand.


Combining the thrill of cycling with the luxury of glamping makes for a perfect family holiday. At Bike Club and Feather Down Farms, we strive to provide everything you need for an unforgettable adventure. From choosing the right destination and routes to ensuring a comfortable and safe stay, we are here to help you every step of the way. 

So, gather your family, hop on your bikes, and explore the great outdoors in style and comfort. Your ultimate family-friendly bike and glamping holiday awaits! 

About Feather Down Farms

Feather Down Farms provides unique glamping experiences across the UK and Europe on working farms. With a focus on comfort and connection to nature, they offer family-friendly accommodations in beautiful farm settings surrounded by countryside. 

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Henry Gorvin

SEO Executive

Henry writes about all things kids bikes for Bike Club's blog, offering insightful content to help parents choose the right bike.