Our free weekly Mums and Tots bike rides, started in June 2012 by local Mum and British Cycling ride leader Sally Middlemiss, are going from strength to strength, and we have now added a Fineshade route to our collection of easy traffic-free rides.
The word is spreading as more Mums discover what a great way cycling is to introduce little ones to the great outdoors - while being a great stress buster and calorie burner for them, too. Routes are carefully selected and include plenty of nature-spotting opportunities - and of course, there's always a juice and biscuit stop half way along to keep our energy up!
The Fineshade route is a lovely scenic 5-mile loop through the forest, along an easy traffic-free trail, with a brand-new kids' play area and good cafe at the end. It makes a good contrast with our Rutland Water routes: calm waterscapes and grazing sheep are replaced by fragrant, sunlight-dappled glades as we pedal past wild flowers and listen to the birdsong...it's the perfect antidote to the week's stresses and strains, and a great way to see in the weekend!
Join our Mums and Tots rides
Our weekly Mums and Tots ride leaves Rutland Water or Fineshade Wood every Friday morning, starting at 10am. Dads and other carers are welcome too! Rides are at a leisurely pace, around 5 miles, and are suitable for all abilities.
Free to join with your own bike - or take advantage of our special reduced hire rates for Breeze rides:
Hire a bike, child seat (age 12mths to 4 yrs) and helmets for £5.
Hire a bike, 2-child trailer (age 18mths to 4 yrs) or trail-a-bike (age 4-6yrs) and helmets for £10.
For more details and to register on a ride, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
01572 737 624.
Find out more about the Breeze campaign for women
The Breeze Bike Rides campaign has been launched by British Cycling, to encourage more women to get out cycling. We think it's an excellent campaign and several women in the Rutland Cycling team have trained as Breeze Champion volunteer ride leaders.
Find out more and join the Breeze Bike Rides campaign >