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The restrictions are slowly being lifted and the weather is getting better with each week! Grandparents can finally reunite with their grandkids so it's time to make some fun weekend plans and adventures. There is nothing better than a lovely hike with the family, it’s even better when it can end with some ice cream, a coffee and play time for the little ones. We’ve gathered some of the best child friendly walks in the UK and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed!
South West – South West Coast Path – The Smugglers’ Trail at Stonebarrow Hill
The South West Coast is filled with family trails where the kids will love discovering the legends and history of the area. We recommend The Smugglers’ Trail as a great starting point. It’s a wonderful adventure on which you and the kids can learn about the smugglers who once occupied the Dorset coastline.
You can all become smugglers for the day by downloading the Stonebarrow Hill smugglers’ story and activities and follow along the marked trail! Visit South West Coast Path for more charming walk suggestions.
Greater London – Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is a huge stretch of woodlands and meadows measuring 791 acres! It’s a perfect place for a family day out and a get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We recommend taking the Parliament Hill Walk. It’s a short walk with some great viewpoints where you can spot some of London’s biggest landmarks. You can spend hours on top of the hill trying to spot them with the little ones! The path also takes you past a large earthen mound called the Tumulus. There are many interesting stories about it’s origins but the truth is still unknown. At the end of the trail, you can treat the family at the Parliament Hill café.
North West – Clifton Country Park
The Clifton Country Park is filled with attractions and adventure opportunities. In the 48 hectares of countryside, you can find an Arboretum, dog friendly café, climbing boulders, children’s play area, cycle route, a lake and riverside walk and a Fairy Tale Trail! Can you guess which one we will be recommending? The Fairy Tale Trail is the dream walk for little adventurers. See if they can spot all ten sculptures scattered alongside the lakeside trail.
If you still feel up for more fun and exploring, there are plenty more trails as well as loads of green areas perfect for picnics and family games! Visit The Clifton Countryside Page for more information and a trail map. You can find more walks on the Great British Life blog.
North East – Gibside Explorer Trail
This is an action packed adventurous walk the little ones are bound to love. The trail offers a Nature Playscape, Stables, mini-Gibside Hall, den building area, Low Ropes course and a Strawberry Castle Area! With so many attractions along the way we can assure you the little legs won’t get bored.
Yorkshire and the Humber – Yorkshire Sculpture Park Walk
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a beautiful area with over 500 acres of land to explore which makes it perfect for all energy levels and ages. The walk features a sculpture gallery with over 60 works of art to explore. There are hidden dens, musical sculptures, surrounding lake and woodland the kids can discover. The excitement does not end there! There is also a Greek-style summer house, stepping stones, a magical Shell Grotto, and an Obelisk!
There are also trails suitable for older kids, we recommend the Young Explorer Trail! For more information and more exciting walks visit Yorkshire Tots.
East Midlands – Carsington Water
Carsington Water is a beautiful area with plenty of activities which will make a great day out. The beautiful lake has a round route which takes around 3-4 hours to complete, it’s surrounded by wildflower meadows, ponds, and woodlands. You can also get yourself and the little ones involved in water sports and cycling. There is also a play area and a café perfect if the little legs are still full of energy and you need a break (we’ve all been there)!
West Midlands - The Roaches
The Roaches trail is a great choice if you and the little ones are feeling like going for a good hike, you can take the 5.5km circular route. The route will guide you through some elevated rocky ridges where you can watch out for some intriguing rock formations and take in the beautiful views of the nearby Tittesworth Reservoir. The reservoir is also a great stop if you end up getting tired, as there is a lovely lakeside walk, a café, a great playground, and a top-notch ice cream hut! You can also keep an eye out for some wallabies which are believed to occupy the area.
The circular walk starts at a roadside parking zone on Roach Road (ST13 8UA). For directions and information on The Roaches circular walk visit GPS Routes guide. For more walks in the West Midlands visit All Trails.
South East - Wendover Woods
Wendover Woods offers trails and paths for all abilities, there is also an easy access path which is great for wheelchairs and perfect for pushchairs. As well as lovely walking trails there are also play areas for kids as well as a Go Ape Adventure Course for those who are a little more adventurous! The area also offers a Gruffalo trail for kids which aims to teach little ones orienteering and map reading. You can collect the map from the visitor centre for £1.50, on the map there are 12 markers which take you along the family trail.
If you take any of our suggestions and venture out let us know via our social media platforms @happylinenco. We also love walking so if you have any walk suggestions we’d love to know! You can drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.