This is a collaborative post. Each year the motoring organisations produce plenty of winter road safety advice for drivers. Articles are produced to help cyclists too but there’s little information for parents. Children do sometimes get a talk at at school about “be safe; be seen”. According to government statistics*, personal injury road traffic accidents in 2016 reached 136,621 casualties. Injured road users can seek legal advice. For example Slater Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation to road users including pedestrians. Getting out on dark days Nowadays my daughters walk to secondary school in dark clothing and dark coats. It’s…

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This is a collaborative post. Since our children have grown a bit older we are all happier on long car journeys. They can watch films or play Minecraft on the long roadtrips. When the roads get more scenic and winding, they are mature enough to appreciate the views. In recent years we have taken some long roadtrips through France and the American Midwest. We switched to a more fuel-efficient car and having saved such a lot on petrol we are able to travel further afield. We are stretching our imaginations about where we might go. North Pennines Dark Skies A…

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*This post contains affiliate links* As a family we are pretty keen on easy bike rides together. There are enough other things in life where we disagree, but a bike ride is quite a leveller. We don’t like traffic or hills very much so when we had an autumn break in North Devon, we thought the Tarka Trail looked ideal. It’s a former railway line and is part of national cycle route 3. Barnstaple to Instow We didn’t do all of the Tarka Trail, but started in Barnstaple where we parked at the leisure centre. Heading south, we wound our…

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As a family we are fairly keen on cycling, but we are soft. We like short, flat rides in good weather. We prefer to cycle when we are on holiday and where there is no traffic. As a result we have researched a lot of cycle paths around the UK and a few in France and America. The Tarka Trail in north Devon ended up on my cycling wishlist some time ago. It’s a former railway line which mainly runs by the river Torridge. It’s a beautiful part of the country with some cafes here and there to break up…

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