Top 10 family walks
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We've put together our top 10 family walks to guarantee you and your family a fun-filled walking adventure.
- Malham Waterfall, Yorkshire Dales
The path leads to a magical waterfall where walkers will discover a secret cave. Local legend says the cave is home to the Queen of the Fairies, so making wishes is a must.
- Attingham Park, Midlands
The Attingham Mile Walk is a perfect stroll for parents with pushchairs and goes past a play area for little ones to let off steam. Attingham is holding lots of family fun events throughout the Great British Walks festival, including a Family Adventure Walk on Sunday 27th October with lots of challenges along the way for little ones to enjoy.
- Hudswell Woods, Yorkshire
A great walk for families of all ages, Hudswell Woods in the Yorkshire Dales has a large variety of wild flowers. The woodlands make it a great place for den-building en route.
- Llyn, Wales
There’s lots of adventures to be had in Llyn and Snowdonia, and you can celebrate autumn and prepare for Halloween on October 26th with fun woodland activities for children of all ages where there’s lots to discover and create.
- Purbeck Country side, South West
Another wildlife treat, nowhere else packs such a variety of habitats into such a small area, Purbeck is the richest place for plant life in Britain. It’s home to 14 out of 17 British bat species and supports all six native reptiles. Purbeck is offering a series of family-friendly activities to celebrate the Great British Walk, including The Big Draw on Foot where children and adults can enjoy walking, drawing and even charcoal making.
- Sheringham Park, East of England
Sparrow Dale at Sheringham Park is a hidden valley that’s perfect for children that love wildlife. It has a wide variety of trees making it a great hidden place to spot birds of prey.
- Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Families are sure to have an exhilarating walking experience at the Giant’s Causeway. Lace up your hiking boots, don’t forget to pack a mac, and head out to the Causeway Coast and experience the wild beauty for which this place is best known.
Kids can enjoy the four family-friendly walking trails – the green trail is buggy-friendly and fenced off from the clifftops, so little ones can roam free in plain sight.
At the award winning visitor centre you are able to breast feed and you’ll find baby changing facilities and a baby station in our café to heat bottles. You might also bump into Finn McCool or his arch-enemy, Benandonner.
Walking at the Giant’s Causeway comes with a parental advisory warning - red cheeks and wind-tousled hair equals a sound night sleep for your little ones!
- Polesden Lacey, London
With 1,400 acres to explore, Polesden has lots to offer for families from geocaching and special kids trails to dressing up and play areas. On 12th October Polesden Lacey is holding a series of short walks from Box Hill to Leith Hill for families. Participants are invited to register in advance through the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey.
- Wicken Fen, East of England
Wicken Fen is the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve and England’s most famous fen, with over 8,400 species of wildlife to spot.
- South Devon Countryside, South West
The South Devon Countryside walks has lots of family-friendly necessities to make family walks as fun and stress-free as possible, including orientation boards listing key facilities from toilets to ice-cream and picnic spots. To celebrate Great British Walks, slightly older children can enjoy a special walk and paddle in the estuary. National Trust rangers will guide families through a canoe trip, which ends with a yummy hot chocolate and cake.
So get the comfy shoes and warm coats on and set out on your family walking adventure today.