Great walks for kids in the Chilterns

The transformative power of a blast of fresh air on children is truly astonishing. It only takes a short immersion in nature to turn a grouchy demon into an adorable smiler. Here are some great winter walks for children around Buckinghamshire. Afterwards, head back to your nearest National Trust tea-room for a little potter around the winter garden and don't forget to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or some lunch.

Close up picture of snowdrops
Walking trail


Follow the Stowedrops trail for the best places to spot carpets of creamy white snowdrops. The whole trail is 3.5 miles, but it's easy to take short cuts if you pick up a map from visitor reception. You could also request a buggy from New Inn down to the garden. Stowe is pram-friendly throughout and you can bring dogs on leads.

German Forest Walk at Hughenden
Walking trail


This 40 mins walk follows footpaths through the dark evergreen yew trees of Hughenden's German Forest. Purple arrows mark the way. It can be muddy and there's one short, steep slope but no stiles. Dogs are welcome.

Families enjoying the woodland walk at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Walking trail

Waddesdon Manor 

This woodland walk around Miss Alice's Drive at Waddesdon is buggy-friendly (although sections are quite steep) and great for little kids and dogs. There are places for den-building and great views over Aylesbury Vale and Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Duncombe Terrace view in winter at Ashridge, Herts
Walking trail


This is an easy family walk along Duncombe Terrace at Ashridge. It's a track that can be muddy but is fine for rugged buggies. There's woodland for climbing on logs and den-building and open common for running around. It's a linear walk so you can just go as far as you like before turning back.

Coombe Hill in Buckinghamshire
Walking trail

Coombe Hill 

This is a great walk for little kids and takes about 40 mins to complete. The Coombe Hill car park is at the top of the hill, so it's a relatively flat walk but there are far-reaching views over the Aylesbury Vale. There's also a natural playground and often a mobile tea van is parked up to provide hot drinks and snacks.