Cycle for Health

Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to attend weekly social bike rides through the borough.

The route is a 10 mile flat ride perfect for admiring the local blooms and wildlife, starting and ending at the Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve in West Hallam, Ilkeston. Everybody can join in for some gentle exercise every Monday from approximately 6.45pm to 8.30pm.

Each ride is led by volunteers, and is supported by Erewash Borough Council’s Sport and Health Development Team and Ilkeston Cycling Club.

The bike rides are free - you need only take your bike, a cycling helmet and a bottle of water. There is some parking at Straw’s Bridge if you wish to drive to the beginning of the route.

Councillor Paul Maginnis, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at Erewash Borough Council, says:

“Getting regular exercise is incredibly important for our health and wellbeing, both physical and mental. The Ilkeston Cycle for Health bike rides are a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to socialise, get some exercise and spend quality time in our beautiful borough.”

Please book a place in advance by contacting Ilkeston Cycle for Health’s Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0785 893 7004.


Balanceability is the UK's first and only accredited 'learn to cycle' scheme for children aged 2 and 1/2 to 6 years and specifically aimed to help develop confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance.

Balanceability benefits children by:

  • Physical improvement through the development of gross motor skills such as balance, co-ordination, agility, core strength and flexibility.
  • Gets children cycling much easier without the use of stabilisers which can be hindering and confusing to a child.
  • Improving children's confidence, self-esteem and resilience.  

Contact us

For more information on these activities or to register your interest for a course in your area email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 2244.