Top 10 family walks

A great family day out doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Sometimes just going for a walk can be fun, educational and a chance to make special memories together and share some quality time. From exploring rivers and the coast to spotting wildlife, and from woodland escapades to making natural discoveries, we have plenty of walks to choose from. Here are a few of our family-friendly favourites.

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

Box Hill has a wide range of walking trails to explore. The Stepping stones trail 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.

Clock Sculpture in Timm's Wood, Coughton Court, Warwickshire.
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Coughton Court family walk, Warwickshire 

Get your boots on and go for a gentle walk at Coughton Court. The trail will take you across a meadow and 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. The River Arrow is great for playing pooh sticks - 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 will love the wild beauty and fantastical landscape at the Causeway Coast. There are four family-friendly walking trails to enjoy, 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 garden walk, Devon 

Take a stroll around Killerton's garden and enjoy spectacular spring and summer flowers. This is a short tour around the main paths of the garden. Children will love the Bear Hut, formerly home to the Ackland family's most exotic pet.

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 a 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 trail. 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.

National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire
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Lakeside walk at Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Enjoy a peaceful family-friendly walk around the lakes at Stowe, looking at beautiful temples, spotting wildlife and enjoying views as you walk along.

Girl in field looking through binoculars

Try out some of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities while you walk 

When you're all out for a family walk, there will be heaps of opportunities to complete various 50 things challenges along the way. So how about combining a walk with a spot of bird watching, hunting for bugs, playing pooh sticks or flying a kite? You could even roll down a really big hill!