Archive for July, 2014

Cycle friendly for kids

Living in Yorkshire, the whole county has been going cycling crazy this week.

We’ve had:

Ilkley pupils forming a human bike


Yellow jerseys high and low


Not to mention the amount of yellow bicycles hung from every conceivable place. They’re adorning houses, sides of roads, and even Leeds train station when I visited this week  was greeting us and the French with “Ey Up!”

If you’ve been caught up in the excitement of the whole Tour De France, and want to try a bit of cycling yourself, it makes a great family activity.

All it takes is a bicycle each, and some empty roads to wend your way through.

If you’re looking for some cycling with a difference, you can cycle the Solar System.

Situated between the city of York and the village of Riccall, the planets are represented along the route.

Start off in York at the Sun, and carry on through the solar system, and all its planets until you hit Pluto on the edges as you approach Riccall.

Reward yourself with a drink in either the Greyhound or Hare and Hounds pub in the village at the end.

Castleford has recently opened a new cycle path that goes between there and the village of Methley.

Castleford Greenway


The Ridings Centre in Wakefield is also celebrating the Grand Depart with its own bicycle theme and cyclists demonstrating their skills on a bike.


Stockeld Park in Wetherby is holding a French Festival where you can watch via a giant screen, see unicyclists training, or do French themed crafts and fun throughout the day.


Halifax’s very own children’s museum, Eureka, is holding a sporting weekend where you can find out how athletes use forces such as fiction and gravity to help them maintain their personal best.


Whatever you decide to do this weekend, make sure you get out and about in the fresh air and cycling, or at least encouraging sports know how with the small ones.