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The Best Family Walks in Britain

Maya Griffiths

Maya Griffiths

We could all do with exercise, fresh air and some lovely low-cost days out, not to mention some beautiful scenery.

Charles Clinkard have put together a list of the 40 greatest walks for families in Britain, taking into account a number of helpful amenities such as toilets, baby changing, refreshments and pram access.

Best Walks For Little Ones

Some of the best trails include things for little ones to spot, such as the Ashdown Forest Winnie the Pooh walks, which take in many of the famous sites from the books, including the ‘North Pole’ and ‘Eeyore’s Gloomy Place’. You must also stop in at Hartfield’s wonderful Pooh Corner, a treasure trove of all things Pooh Bear, including a gift shop, museum and a delightful cafe with a pretty tea garden.

The Sculpture Trail at Rushmere Country Park came out on top for accessibility, offering disabled parking and baby changing. The walking route is also accessible for prams, making it perfect for families with very little ones. The trail features incredible wooden sculptures of wildlife by sculptor Ian Freemantle, and the park has several play areas for kids of all ages.

The Room on the Broom Adventure Trail at Anglers Country Park is a fun and interactive walk, during which children can find sculptures, look for animal footprints, and complete fun activities along the way. The park also has a visitor centre, toilets and a café, and the walk is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Gruffalo fans will adore finding the sculptures of the characters at Alice Holt Forest. Follow the Willows Green Trail to spot them all, and then enjoy some time with a coffee while the little ones burn their energy off in one of the play areas.

Best Walks For Older Kids

The Three In One Woodland Walk at Ashridge topped the list as the best choice for older kids. The park also boasts a beautiful wood of bluebells in May and the opportunity to spot deer grazing amongst the trees.

For a challenge with your teens, you could choose to walk to the top of Snowdon via the Llanberis Path.The view from the top overlooking the clouds is one that they won’t forget, and a fantastic photo opportunity.

For stunning scenery a walk at Loch Muick is hard to beat. You can choose from a number of trails around the loch, which is at the foot of the beautiful Lochnagar Mountain, and you may spot a variety of wildlife including grouse and deer.

At 1,200 ft above sea level, Rivington Pike in Bolton offers incredible views on a clear day over the Lake District, Blackpool Tower and the Isle of Man. Be sure to take in the spectacular Tiger’s Clough waterfalls on the lower slopes of the pike and the calm of the Japanese Lake halfway up.

For more great walks, check out the full list on the Charles Clinkard website.

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