Top 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 share some quality time. From exploring rivers and the coast, to woodland escapades and making natural discoveries, we've plenty of local walks to choose from. Here's a few of our family-friendly favourites.

Family playing in the woods in spring

River walk at The Argory, County Armagh 

The Argory has many family-friendly walks for you to explore. The River walk is an easy two-mile walk that follows the River Blackwater around the estate. Discover a kissing gate, play hide-and-seek in the woodland and cross over the industrial age-Bond's Bridge.

Family reading a sign at Corfe Castle in Dorset

Common history walk at Corfe Castle, Dorset  

A gentle circular walk exploring the historic landscape around Corfe Castle. The kids will love checking out the view of the castle ruins, and beautiful views await you on this walk in the green countryside.

Mother and son walking at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Family walk at Coughton Court, Warwickshire 

Adventure through the woods at Coughton Court in Warwickshire. Have a day out to stretch your legs and maybe pause along the way to play a game of pooh sticks on the river bridge? With wide, open spaces, flowers and trees all around, this walk is great to connect to nature with the family.

Family walking through the woods

Wildlife walk at Dinefwr Park, Carmarthenshire 

Enjoy a gentle three-mile walk through Dinefwr's historic parkland. The whole family will enjoy stretching their legs on the wildlife walk where you can explore wide, open spaces and wooded areas. You'll also be able to see a medieval castle and 17th-century mansion.

young girl walking on the rocks at Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

Coastal walk at Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland 

Families will love the wild beauty and fantastical landscape at the Causeway coast. The Giant's Causeway green trail is buggy-friendly and fenced off from the clifftops, so little ones can roam free. Please be aware that you'll need to book your Visitor Experience ticket before visiting.

 Visitors walking in woodland

Mill walk at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire 

Lace up your boots for a family walk following riverside paths through the wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags. Jump across stepping stones along the way and keep your eyes peeled for winter wildlife while you go.

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River Linnet multi-use trail at Ickworth, Suffolk 

Head on a family-friendly circular walk around some of Ickworth's parkland. Enjoy picture-postcard views as you go past Ickworth Lodge, along the River Linnet and up past St. Mary's Church – you may even spot some wildlife on your walk. This multi-use trail is suitable for pushchairs.

Children walking their dog across parkland

Circular dog walk at Knightshayes, Devon 

Knightshayes is a great place for the whole family, including four-legged friends with peaceful walks that await you in the expansive woodland and beautiful parkland of this Devon location, including this popular circular walk.

Family out on a walk

Lakeside walk at Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the lakes at Stowe, looking at beautiful temples, spotting wildlife and enjoying views as you walk along. Children will love to explore the pebbled alcoves along the way.

Sculpture of the shield bird

Sculpture trail at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk 

Venture into the woods on the River View walk and go on the sculpture trail at Sutton Hoo. Everyone will love discovering the sculptures that were inspired by beasts depicted on objects discovered in the Great Ship Burial. Bring everyone's imaginations to life when you download the family story quest to help guide you through the trail.

Family walking around Trelissick, Cornwall

Roundwood Quay walk at Trelissick, Cornwall 

Walk through historic parkland, along an oak-fringed creek and over a timber-framed bridge to reach the promontory fort and 18th-century quay at Roundwood.