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Cycling holidays with children can be a really enjoyable type of holiday if you remember to adapt your ambition to the ability of your children. Determine a suitable pace and the route, choose an area without too many hills and make sure you fit in a suitable number of ice cream breaks - and the trip will be a success.

VisitDenmark, our partner, has designed the following tips to ensure a great family cycling experience.

Rent a half-wheeler or a tandem

Rent a half-wheeler or a tandem

A so-called half-wheeler - which is half a child's bicycle connected to an adult bicycle - is ideal for older children. The child is not just transported, but has to contribute to the pedalling.

A family tandem is also an option - and a fun way to cycle. It also means that you are always able to chat as you cycle along.

Search for bicycle hire outlets offering half-wheelers and family tandems

Find out more about the rules applicable to transporting children on your bicycle.

Rent a trailer

Rent a trailer

Older children will be able to cycle themselves, but younger children in your group may benefit from a cycle trailer that is big enough for a couple of children. If you do not own one yourself, they are available for rent at several locations.

Cycle trailers come in all shapes and sizes, but for a cycling holiday you should choose a light, stable trailer that does not wobble from side to side.

Being able to fold up the trailer is a great advantage - especially if you are planning to take trains or buses.

Search for bicycle hire outlets offering cycle trailers

Children on bicycles

Children on bicycles

Taking children who are used to cycling independently on a cycling holiday is a great idea.

Our Panorama routes offer a wealth of different routes in various locations and of differing lenghts. All are suitable for a family cycling holiday, with only mild traffic

When planning your route, make sure that your goals match your children's abilities so that the trip does not become a struggle. It is also important that you incorporate rest days to make time to play with new friends you meet along the way.

A visit to a waterpark, an animal sanctuary or any other great children's attraction along the route is a good way to keep motivation levels high.

Hostels

Hostels

Hostel accommodation lends itself well to a cycling holiday with children. Hostels can be found almost everywhere in Denmark - and they are often located in or near towns and cities. Hostels offer great opportunities for meeting other holiday cyclists.

You can find hostels along your route on the maps on this site, or visit http://www.danhostel.dk/en to find a large number of quality hostels.

Stay in the middle of nature

Stay in the middle of nature

To experience nature, why not try a nature camp? Facilities are modest and good weather is an advantage - as these sites do not offer hot water, drying facilities or communal living areas. On the other hand, they are peaceful and cheap.

Click here to find nature camps along the West Coast Route.

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

Denmark offers plenty of accommodation options for cycle tourists.

If you want to be sure of the best facilities for you and your bike, you should keep and eye out for the Bed+Bike signs. Find more info about Bed+Bike here.

Camping is a very child-friendly as it offers the opportunity to meet new friends, but, of course, camping also means additional luggage if you are planning on bringing along your own tent, camping mats and sleeping bags.

Many camp sites offer huts so this is also a possibility.