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. So this weekend why not get your wellies on, pack a picnic, and head out for one of our family-friendly walks. Here's a few of our favourites.

A pumpkin, part of the harvest display in the Walled Garden
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Food and fungi walk at Attingham Park, Shropshire 

Enjoy the beauty and bounty of the autumn season with the Food and fungi walk and the River reflections trail at Attingham Park. Discover the best places to spot fungi 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.

The Stepping Stones at Box Hill, Surrey
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Stepping stones walk, 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 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 a tranquil break.

Outdoor Walk at Coughton Court
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Coughton Court family walk, 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.

Picture shows mother and daughter using audio guides at the causeway
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Giant's Causeway green trail, 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.

Visitors walking the family trail at Gibside, Tyne & Wear
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Gibside family highlights trail, 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.

The Garden, Killerton
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Killerton toddler and buggy walk, 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 follow the dragon's toes up into the woods to discover the myth of our resident dragon, Dolbury, on our Dragon play trail.

Fallow deer in Knole Park
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Knole deer park all-ability walk, Kent 

There’s plenty to see on this easy all-ability trail through the deer park at Knole. The fallow deer are descendants of those hunted by Henry VIII and you can also spot Japanese sika deer. See sweet chestnut trees of all shapes and sizes lining the Chestnut Walk, and some intriguing ant hills. Knole is exceptional for its vast size and unmanaged landscape so expect fallen trees left to nature and bracken thick with wildlife.

Lydstep Head from the air
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Lydstep cliffs and caverns walk, Tudor Merchants House, Pembrokeshire 

Discover a beautiful clifftop walk in Pembrokeshire, 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.

Children exploring the woodland at Penrhyn Castle
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Discover nature walk at Penrhyn, 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.

Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire
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Sherborne orienteering trail, 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.