Families are being encouraged to ditch TV time in favour of cycling together outdoors, ahead of National Bike Week.

The Forestry Commission England is urging parents to make use of woodland trails near their homes, which they say are the perfect place for children to start their cycling journey.

Delivered by Cycling UK, the annual event which runs from June 9 to 17, is in its 95th year.

Research has shown that cycling can improve a child’s mood and active travel to school can increase concentration for up to four hours.

Epping Forest, which is right on London’s doorstep, boasts a selection of trails for cyclists of all abilities.

For more information on cycling routes suitable for families, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/familycycling.