Top 10 family walks

A great day out with the children doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Sometimes just spending quality time with the family in the outdoors can be fun, educational, and a chance to make special memories together.

From coastal exploration and wildlife spotting, to treasure hunts, natural discoveries and woodland escapades: there's plenty of walks on offer. Here's just a few of our favourites - so this weekend why not get your wellies on, pack a picnic, and head out for one of our family-friendly walks.

 

    Attingham Park, Shopshire

    If you're looking for a breath of fresh air the Food and fungi walk and the River reflections trail at Attingham Park offer two perfect ways to enjoy the beauty and bounty of the autumn season. You can discover the best places to spot fungi displays in the woodlands, and admire the vibrant rainbow colours of the harvest in the Walled Garden.

    With dogs welcome, and each walk just a mile long, you'll find Attingham is the ideal place for a family stroll with plenty of  opportunities to enjoy the changing colours of the landscape.

    Box Hill, Surrey

    Explore, relax, discover and create special memories together. Box Hill will always have something for everyone – be part of it and find your own happiness here with our range of walking trails. The Natural Play trail is a chance to explore the woods and have fun, designed for everyone to enjoy, not just the kids. You can also download the Natural Play trail leaflet for more information.

    The Stepping Stones walk is a lovely walk down to the River Mole and back up to the top of the hill, and the iconic stepping stones make the perfect spot to stop for tranquil break. Download the Stepping Stones walk leaflet to see more.

    Coughton Court, Warwickshire

    Get your wellies on and go for a gentle walk at Coughton Court. Starting from the stableyard, the trail will take you across a meadow into a bluebell wood. If you have little ones with you then you can retrace your steps, and if not then go on to a bigger adventure through a field to discover a ford.

    Play pooh sticks as you cross over the River Arrow - simply choose your stick, throw it in from the bridge, and then go to the other side to see whose stick wins.

    Giant's Causeway, County Antrim

    Families are sure to have an exhilarating walking experience at 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, plus the Giant's Causeway Green Trail is buggy-friendly and fenced off from the clifftops, so little ones can roam free in plain sight.

    Gibside, Tyne and Wear

    Enjoy a fantastic family day out with an action-packed walk that calls in at all of Gibside's play areas, including; the Strawberry Castle Adventure Play Area, the Low Ropes Challenge, Nature Playscape and Mini-Gibside Hall.

    The gentle trail follows pushchair-accessible footpaths and there's even wildlife to spot along the way.

    Killerton, Devon

    This mini walk along easy terrain is suitable for Mums, Dads, pushchair passengers and toddlers. Follow the trail through Killerton park and then into the hillside garden, along a paved route suitable for little legs and pushchair wheels.

    If you fancy an extra adventure you can go follow the dragon's toes up into the woods to discover the myth of our resident dragon, Dolbury, on our Dragon Play Trail.

    Lydstep, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    Discover a beautiful clifftop walk in sunny Pembrokeshire, where the grassland is rich in wildflowers and butterflies, and the cliffs home to choughs, fulmers, razorbills and gulls.

    Older children will enjoy exploring the caves on the beach, whilst you can enjoy the spectacular views out to sea – where you might even be lucky enough to spot a dolphin offshore.

    Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd

    On this relaxed, family-friendly walk at Penrhyn Castle you'll explore the lesser-known parts of the castle grounds, and learn about how we encourage wildlife.

    From nature's curiosities in the Bog Garden and the Fungus Den, to a botanical world tour in the Walled Garden and flower meadow: there's plenty to discover.

    Petworth Park, Sussex

    If you fancy a family-friendly archaeology trail this is the walk for you. It will take you on a journey through the history of Petworth Park where there are 11 information boards which have the information you need to answer the questions in the trail.

    Have a go at wildlife spotting and look out for the historic herd of fallow deer on the park, see what birds of prey you can spot up high and enjoy stunning views over Lower pond.

    Sherborne Estate, Gloucestershire

    An ideal walk for families, this is an easy and fun route where you can discover a mystery two-part word by finding 13 hidden letters along the route. Start at Ewe Pen Barn and finish at the Pleasure Ground, taking care to put the letters in the right order as you go along.

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside including views of the beech trees which lined the original driveway to Sherborne House.