Family walks in the South East

We know that a wander together through peaceful parks or wild woodlands is a great way to spend time with the family. Create special memories on one of our trails where you’ll find areas of interest for both big kids and little ones. Let your imagination run wild in the story telling chairs at Sheffield Park or come face-to-face with a woodland wizard at Hatchlands Park.

Children following a family trail

Sheffield Park play trail 

Run wild, build dens, climb trees and let off steam. From a summer art trail to kwik cricket, den building to bug hunting an outdoor adventure for the whole family awaits at Sheffield Park and Garden. Look out for family-friendly interactive outdoor installations in the garden, designed by artists Wild Rumpus to pique curiosity and inspire children to play. Daily Sat 23 July–Sun 4 Sept. Normal admission applies.

A short walk across the parkland, nestled in the woodland, is Ringwood Toll natural play trail, open all year round. Run wild, build dens, climb trees and let off steam.

Child playing in the natural adventure area
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Hatchlands Park 

Loop around a circular trail which takes around 45 minutes, to reach our children's natural adventure area. Get to grips with hand-crafted willow tunnels, domes, balance beams and sculptures; we've even got wood piles for den building. With benches for tired parents to take a break, there’s a spot for everyone to enjoy.

Family running through a meadow with their dog with the Magna Carta memorial in the background, at Runnymede in Surrey
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Ankerwycke 

Take a leisurely wander through the park at Ankerwycke across gentle terrain. This 30 minute trail is just over half a mile and perfect for a riverside stroll with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

The Heathland at Simons Wood, Finchampstead Ridges, Surrey
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Runnymede 

Explore Simon's Wood wet woodland and lowland heath habitats, providing an increasingly rare habitat for many birds and invertebrates. An easy level walk great for little legs.

Family at the Natural Play Trail at Box Hill, Surrey

Box Hill  

Box Hill is the perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the Surrey Hills. The Natural Play Trail is a two-mile level walk and a great chance to play in the woods. There are lots of trees and structures to climb on.

This summer Box Hill is a hub for younger members of the family to learn more about the beautiful butterflies that live in the Surrey Hills with a special podcast to listen to and an installation to learn about the lifecycle of the butterfly. Plus in August there's fun outdoor theatre and workshops to get the younger ones engaged in nature. Innovators in puppetry and visual theatre, Smoking Apples will be bringing us Buzz and Arbor, two unique productions that children will love.

The Stepping Stones at Box Hill, Surrey
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Box Hill stepping stones walk 

Older or more adventurous children will enjoy this longer walk with views of the Surrey Hills. Will you beat the challenge of the 270 steps down and the climb back up the hill? Your reward is passing by one of Box Hill's oldest buildings, the Fort, and taking in one of Surrey's iconic landmarks, the Stepping Stones on the river.

A lady and three children enjoying a walk at Stowe
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Stowe 

Enjoy a peaceful family-friendly walk around the lakes at Stowe, looking at beautiful temples, spotting wildlife and enjoying views as you walk along. Recently upgraded paths through the wooded area allow pushchair and wheelchair access.

Family walking at Polesden Lacey, Surrey
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Polesden Lacey 

This easy route is great for all the family, so round them up and have a fun day outdoors tramping through our estate and discovering the delightful wooded valley. Dog friendly too. This trail is not signposted on the estate.

 A family at Morden Hall Park, London
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Morden Hall Park 

Take an easy stroll through this historic parkland, created by the Hatfeild family in the 19th century, and experience inspiring surroundings. Great for all the family and pushchair friendly too.

View from Coombe Hill
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Chilterns Countryside 

This gentle circular stroll, which takes around 40 minutes, takes in the best Coombe Hill has to offer. You can expect panoramic views across the Aylesbury Vale and rare chalk grassland filled with wildflowers and butterflies in the summer.