Walks, Waterproofs and Wellies; the Best Walks for Children
As far as family friendly activities go, walks are certainly in the upper tier. Not only are there many benefits to walking but the UK is inundated with places that are ideal for families. What’s not to love? From weekends away to last-minute adventures, there is something for everyone. Read below for some of the best family friendly walks.
Where better to start than walks with beautiful animals? This is a perfect walk for any family as it’s appropriate for kids of all ages, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love animals? You could start with the Deer Park walk in Attingham Park, Shropshire. This summer they are hosting a Summer Night’s film festival, which would be a great addition to the trip if you plan to stay over night.
It may be stating the obvious but a walk in the countryside is one of life’s simplest pleasures. England is full of so many beautiful country walks; wherever you are in the country it should be easy to find a walk for no more than a short drive away. However, if you are looking for a day or weekend trip then start with Surrey’s iconic Stepping Stone walk. The stepping stones are a landmark of Surrey and fun for the kids – although not necessarily pram appropriate.
The Lake district – true to its name – is a great starting point when it comes to lakes. A walk alongside the lake is not only a great opportunity to explore nature but it is great for mental health so highly recommended amongst young families. Buttermere is a gem in the heart of Cumbria and would be a great focus point for a weekend away in the Lake District. If you have young children then it is advisable to check the route and assess whether it is appropriate as it can be quite a long trek.
If you are looking for a weekend away as a family, the Farne Island Nature reserve off Northumberland Coast is a real treat. If you go in the summer seasons then you will experience the exciting wildlife; the adorable puffins are a real highlight, especially for little ones!
Autumn is one of the best times to go for walks as it is cool enough for little children. Whilst you could stay local and admire your autumnal surroundings, you could also venture out to Killerton Garden in Devon for a day trip. This is a beautiful garden from season to season but throughout Autumn it provides a wide palette of beautiful leaves and easy walking for any family including the dogs!
If you feel unprepared for the weather then look no further than My 1st Years for rainwear. The little ones will be splashing around in puddles with their own personalised wellies and raincoats!