Great downloadable walks

Off on a walk at Wicken Fen © Paul Harris

Off on a walk at Wicken Fen

Take your pick of our family friendly downloadable walks. We’ve chosen our favourite easy walks that are under three miles so the whole family can enjoy exploring the fantastic surroundings.

Each walk includes a simple map, wildlife spotting tips, local lores and legends and places of interest. They are compiled by our wardens who know the areas like the back of their hands so they’re easy to follow.

Wildlife walks

1. Brownsea Island downloadable wildlife walk
Brownsea Island is dramatically located at the entrance to Poole Harbour in Dorset.  This walk cuts through mixed and pine woodland at the centre of the island, offering an excellent opportunity to see red squirrels. In winter, the area is visited by huge flocks of birds including little egrets and avocets.

2.Croyde, Woolacombe and Morthoe downloadable Baggy Point easy access walk
Parts of this walk are great for families, taking you along the west side of Baggy Point, with far-reaching coastal and sea views.  This is an excellent route for bird-watching and if you have a keen eye you may see seals. Also, at certain times of the year you can watch rock climbers scaling the cliffs. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological features.

3. Wicken Fen downloadable wildlife walk
This easy trail explores a fragment of the wilderness that once covered East Anglia. Only 0.1% of Britain’s fenland remains undrained. Wicken Fen is the most accessible remnant of this habitat. It is the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve and home to many plants and insects, plus rare birds like bittern, and mammals, like otter.

4. Blackeney National Nature Reserve downloadable Blakeney Freshes coastal wildlife walk
This walk through Blakeney Village and around Blakeney Freshes is fantastic for spotting wildlife, especially birds. Keep an eye out for them on the grazing marshes and reedbeds. There are also excellent views to enjoy along the way as you stroll around Blakeney Point and the harbour.

5. Rodborough Common downloadable Butterfly Walk
The steep grassland slopes of Rodborough Common offer superb walking and views over the Severn Estuary. Look out for over 30 varieties of butterfly, including rare species like the Duke of Burgundy and Adonis blue, that come here to feed and breed on an amazing variety of wild flowers.

Countryside and woodland walks

1. Plymridge Woods downloadable Woodland Wander
This is a gentle circular walk through ancient oak woodlands, beside the beautiful River Plym. Within the woods are remains of the area’s industrial past and there are breathtaking views across the valley from the viaduct. Along the way you may see kingfishers, sea trout, dippers, peregrine falcon, deer and other wildlife.

2. Marloes Peninsula downloadable Martin’s Haven – the Deer Park walk               
A short but spectacular walk around the end of the Marloes peninsula. No deer to see, but lots of seals (pups in autumn), heather and wildflowers, spectacular rocks and sea views. You'll see most of Pembrokeshire's islands from here. There's a shorter route for families which is marked with a red and white line on the downloadable walk.

3. Dinefwr Park and Castle downloadable Cwmdu wildflower meadows walk
A glorious walk through flower rich meadows. In midsummer you'll see orchids, ox-eye daisies, bright-eyes and yellow rattle. The abundance of these flowers means the meadows are alive with insects too. Look out particularly for the pretty ringlet butterfly which flourishes here.

Coastal Walks

1. Glendurgan downloadable Bosloe down to the beach walk
Chatham cottage was exended from 1880 to become Bosloe, the holiday home of various families. Today it continues to provide all-year breaks as National Trust holiday apartments - with magnificent, elevated views between pine trees to the Helford River. This walk surrounds Bosloe and leads down to the beach at Porth Saxon.

2. Park Head downloadable Park Head walk
An easy, level walk to the cliff tops at Park Head with views of the towering sea stacks and the picturesque Bedruthan Steps in the foreground. Whether the sea is calm or stormy, this is an iconic and unforgettable view of North Cornwall. 

3. Sutton Hoo downloadable Kyson Hill walk
Kyson Hill, although only 4 acres (1.6ha), is a special corner of coastal Suffolk, where the typical upper estuarine landscape is found within a very small area. The grassy hill, surrounded by wooded belts, sloping down to the saltings and mudflats of the tidal Deben, has been a favourite destination for a sunny day walk for generations of Woodbridge folk.

Enjoy these fantastic walks and keep using those feet to show your love for the great British countryside.