Faringdon Cycle Park is the most wonderful creation, I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered it. The cycle park in Faringdon opened in July 2019 and is the perfect place to learn to ride a bike and whizz around without worrying about traffic.
Image Credit: Faringdon Cycle Park
I struggled to find Faringdon Cycle Park initially, it’s at the Folly Sports Park and satnav took me to Faringdon Tennis Club with a small car park next to a skate park. The cycle park itself is out of slight down a slope beyond the rugby pitches but I couldn’t see it from the car park so we ended up parking on the road near to pathways leading to Faringdon Folly Tower. If I’d realised, we could have stayed put but either location works well for parking.
The cycle park in Faringdon is great. They’ve laid out proper tarmac roadways with white lines, crossing points, a mini roundabout and even stop and give way signs.
It’s pretty much flat with only gentle slopping so perfect for children learning to ride bikes or building their confidence. They’ve also recently planted lots of trees which will be great for future years in the summer.
Faringdon Cycle Park was perfect for my three year old who loves being on his balance bike and was happy to buzz around taking different routes. There are a few benches too so I was even able to sit down and relax without worrying he’d disappear out of sight. Next time I’ll bring a flask of tea with me. It’s also ideal for scooters.
My 7 and 9 year old boys are really confident on their bikes and we love going on long family bike rides. They had fun having a zip around and we practised some road safety rules but for a trip out it probably didn’t have enough to stretch them. Luckily we had spied the skate park when we were working out where to park. There were kids on scooters, skateboards and bikes here. There’s also a good circular route which goes around the rugby pitches. It’s a little bumpy but ideal for older kids who want a bit more space and some slopes.
Children’s Cycling Lessons
If you’re looking for cycling lessons, Farcyles offer teaching sessions for both children and adults, absolute beginners, on stabilisers, or just in need of a boost of confidence.
We visited the first time on a glorious sunny day in January with bright blue skies but a definite chill in the air. Faringdon Folly Tower was looking on over us and next time we’ll combine a trip to the cycle park with an exploration of the woods around the tower.