Bruce Jones offers some advice on where to take your child if they’re still a little unsteady on two wheels.
Peculiarly, teaching a child to ride a bicycle isn’t as easy in the country as it is in town, with a lack of smooth, open tarmac being to blame and the sudden arrival of a car around a corner in a lane too unsettling for most parents.
Fear not, try Shearwater where, around two sides of its finger lake runs a billiard table-smooth road with little more traffic than the odd dog walker or fisherman to trouble you.
Better still, there are dirt trails running through Longleat Woods behind and a café at the entrance for those oh so vital ice creams or simply a mug of tea when it’s over.
If you wish for Swallows & Amazons moments, there’s a sailing club too. Shearwater can be found just to the west of Crockerton, less than a mile off the A350.
If you have any other great places to teach your child to ride a bike then please let us know in the comments.