Shorter spring strolls in London
The garden at Ham House is perfect for a family walk, with level gravel paths throughout and step free routes available. It's especially colourful during spring, with a sea of spring bulbs on the historic lawns or 'plats', and fluffy clouds of fruit blossom in the orchard. And with over a mile of hornbeam hedge arranged in an intricate geometric pattern, the Wilderness is the perfect place to run around or play a game of hide and seek.
With four different routes around the park of varying lengths, Osterley Park and House is great for adventure of all shapes and sizes. There's bike hire available at the weekends, a brilliant chance for little ones to enjoy a ride on level traffic free paths. Simply check the website for timings before you visit. During spring nature decorates the park with colourful pink cherry and magnolia blossom from March, a welcome sight after winter.
For a gentle stroll, head to Rainham Hall with it's free community garden. With 3 acres to explore, it's just right for a relaxing walk and suits families with younger children especially well because of its manageable size. There's a small natural play area to enjoy and during spring the orchard is filled with gently scented blossom.