Cycling Around Peterborough

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Peterborough has a wealth of bicycle paths, going from urban to countryside and back in a matter of minutes. There are many guides and maps to give you inspiration, coaches if you need to learn or polish your skills, and cycle hires if you want to try it out.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Cycling is an excellent, low-impact physical activity that is good for your health
  • You can cycle with friends or by yourself
  • You get to see more of the landscape than by walking, and more closely than by car

‘Learning to cycle has made me a very happy person. A ladies cycle group in Central Park was formed to encourage more women to learn how to cycle. Since then a year on, I’ve enjoyed going to the surrounding villages on the outskirts of Peterborough. I can now also enjoy this love for cycling with my ten year old daughter and husband. It makes me truly very happy.’

Watch a collection of photos from cycle trips taken by Soraya Royker:

There are plenty of free things to enjoy:

You can get a free adult cycle lesson through Travelchoice – just fill in their form here.

Travelchoice also has designed a series of leisure route guides which highlight scenic cycle routes that explore some of Peterborough’s wonderful countryside and many attractions, including the villages of Castor, Marholm, Etton, Helpston, Werrington and Farcet. Most of the routes are on quiet lanes or off-road tracks. The guides are available free of charge from all locations which stock “Your Cycle Map” however maps of the routes can be downloaded electronically here.

Let’s Ride – a website by British Cycling – offers fun, free bike rides for people of all abilities. There are pages to find local women’s only rides, mixed groups, guided rides, and how to teach your children to ride.

The Peterborough Green Wheel contains a perimeter route and ‘spokes’ out from the city centre. It uses a mixture of traffic-free paths, quiet roads and urban cycle lanes. It enables cyclists to enjoy lovely attractions such as Ferry Meadows Country Park or Peterborough Cathedral.

Activities subject to a fee include:

Cycle hire, such as:

Nene Park Cycle Hire. Choose from mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, children’s bikes, child seats and trailers or why not try out a tandem or even an electric bike!

Peterborough City Council has made some electric bikes available for hire throughout the city. Read about the scheme here, and how to hire the bikes on the Voi website.

Cycle training:

Outspoken run different levels of training for all ages, from complete novice to people who are just a bit rusty.

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