Greenwich Meridian Trail Cycling For Families: Fitties Beach to Cleethorpes

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the East Lincolnshire coast for a half-term trip to our family members’ caravan. Of course, with any trip of this nature, we load the bikes on the back looking for a great spot to cycle traffic free.

Having researched before setting off we came across part of the Greenwich Meridian Trail which hugs the coastline between Fitties Beach and Cleethorpes. As a 3-mile traffic-free, flat route, this was perfect for the children to enjoy.

Having spoken with one of the caravan park residents, he informed me that free parking is available at the Humber Mouth Yacht Club which is directly on Fitties Beach. As a starting point, we recommend this over Cleethorpes which is far more commercial and as a result the parking is often pay and display.

Where is it located?

The Meridian Trail is located in the charming seaside town of Cleethorpes on the east coast of England. It starts at the Yacht Club Fitties Beach and ends in Cleethorpes or vice versa. This is a very tiny part of the trail as a whole but is a welcome spot for those visiting the seaside.

History of The Greenwich Meridian Trail

Steeped in history, the Greenwich Meridian Trail is actually a series of paths that follow the line of the Greenwich Meridian, which is an imaginary line on the earth’s surface from the North Pole to the South Pole.

This specific route in Cleethorpes is a charming piece of this longer trail, and it’s one that is just perfect for families.

What is there to do?

Apart from the bike ride itself, the Meridian Trail is chock full of opportunities for family fun. First off, who doesn’t love a day at the beach? The Yacht Club Fitties Beach is the perfect place to play in the sand, build castles, or just enjoy the view of the mesmerising sea. This is a quieter stretch of the beach but is vast in nature with plenty for the kids to do. But wait, there’s more! Once you reach Cleethorpes, you’ll find a bustling little town filled with parks, small shops, and even a mini railway that the little ones will absolutely adore.

Cleethorpes was more commercial than Fitties Beach but still enjoyed playing in the sand close to the leisure centre. There was actually a street train ride available from here which takes you on the seafront. We didn’t make it up to the pier as our primary focus was the cycle and enjoying the beach. Quite an inexpensive day out!

What is the cycle route like and the length?

The route is a flat, easy-to-ride trail that winds its way along the seafront and into the heart of Cleethorpes. This makes it perfect for families, even those with younger children. The full trail is about 3 miles (4.8 km) long, making it a comfortable ride for most. What’s more, the route is well-marked, so there’s no fear of getting lost!

Our daughter found the ride straight forward and she is 7. Beth was comfortable riding with Barney in the seat on the back of her bike too. It’s completely flat and there’s plenty of scenery to make the journey even more enjoyable.

Access to the trail is found through The Humberston Fitties (worth a visit in itself) which is a piece of land owned by the council which is now a chalet park. It’s really quirky and cool and we found ourselves fascinated by the diverse chalets available.

Once on the trail, the views across the sea are spectacular and it’s a really popular spot with walkers and cyclists alike.

Would you recommend it?

Absolutely, without a doubt! I highly recommend this as a nice day out. It combines fun times on the beach with some pre-exercise to wake up the legs. It’s also great for children as they have an exciting destination and it’s completely flat. Great for beginners!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cafe?:

Yes, there are several lovely cafes both along the trail and in Cleethorpes. These are the perfect spots to grab a quick bite or a refreshing drink.

Are there any hills?:

The 3-mile route is pretty much flat. It’s along the seafront and the path has a walking and cycling side meaning it’s safe for children to cycle without interrupting walkers. It’s suitable for beginner cyclists right through to those who are more proficient.

What is your favourite part?:

My personal favourite has to be the views along the coast – the sight of the sea, sand, and the feeling of the breeze on my face. It’s quite simply, bliss!

Is it suitable for Dog walkers?

Absolutely! The trail is not only family-friendly but also pooch-friendly. Your four-legged friends will enjoy the adventure as much as you do.

How much is it to park?

The best part? It’s completely free! You only need to worry about bringing your bike. The car park at the Yacht Club is completely free too so it makes sense to park at this side as parking in Cleethorpes (the busier of the locations) is pay and display.

Are there any toilets along the route?

Yes, there are public toilets available in Cleethorpes, so no worries about little bathroom emergencies

Pros & Cons


  • Cafe & toilet facilities
  • Suitable for children of all ability levels
  • Beach to enjoy at the start and end of the cycle.
  • Family-friendly atmosphere


  • Parking is pay and display in Cleethorpes.

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Last Updated on June 12, 2023 by Ryan

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