The best family walks this summer

Posted on 13/07/2016

With the start of the summer holidays comes the dawning realisation that you need to keep the kids entertained and active for six whole weeks, so to help you get the most out of the long, sunny(ish) days of British summer we’ve collected these great routes for you and the kids to enjoy this summer. So get the whole family outdoors and enjoy some holiday fun while the sun shines.


Countryside

1. Whitestone: Bargain Wood, Monmouthshire (£)
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 1.44 miles
By Walking World

This is a quiet and safe route for all ages to enjoy and explore, not forgetting easy access for mobility scooters and buggies. Walking through woodland and over wooded slopes you get clear views of the River Wye and Wye Valley so you can absorb all the natural beauty of the area. There’s a children’s play area to keep the kids occupied while you set up the picnic in designated eating and BBQ areas.

Best for: Younger families

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Meadow

2.  Grand Central Village Tour Via Puzzlewood, Colford, Gloucestershire (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 26.85 miles
By Cycling Guides

For the older child with a good sense of the road, this cycling route follows forest trails and minor roads, with lots of fun stop offs such as Puzzlewood woodland and mountain biking tracks. Pick and choose your favourite areas or complete the whole ride in a day for a real challenge.

Best for: Older children

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Bridge

3. Ashdown Forest, East Sussex (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 3.99 miles
By BBC Countryfile

Take a trip to Winnie-the-Pooh’s home forest and explore the enchanted places. Be sure to go to Pooh Bridge and race your sticks in the river while stopping off in some of the stories’ most memorable scenes, like Five Hundred Acre Wood and Eeyore’s Gloomy Place with the House at Pooh Corner.

Best for: Friends of Winnie-the-pooh

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Family

4. Forest Tracker Trail, Denbighshire, Wales (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 0.99 miles
By Cyfoeth Naturoil Cymru Resources Wales

A forest trail perfect for children. Follow the clues in the route waypoints and discover the mystery animal sculptures throughout. Remember to bring your crayons to record your findings and to reveal the brass rubbings. Keep up with the forest theme with a stop off at Hawk’s Nest play area, or have a bite to eat at the Country Park Restaurant.

Best for: Little detectives

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Countryside

5. Claife Heights, Lake District, Cumbria (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.84 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine 

Visit the Lake District countryside and wildlife that inspired Beatrix Potter. Begin with a walk through the woodlands, keeping an eye out for Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin on the way,then cross the river and loop round the greenery and enjoy spotting all the homes of Beatrix’s beloved characters as you go.

Best for: Buddies of Peter Rabbit

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Pathway

6. Hardwick Hall Country Park, Country Durham (£)
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 1.25 miles
By Walking World

A wildlife-filled walk around the lake in the Country Park, with the chance to go pond-dipping to explore the waters. This route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly and is an easy walk for little legs, but also perfect for older children to learn from the wildlife signposts.

Best for: The whole family

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Train

7. Monton to Pluck Gutter, Kent (FREE)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.92 miles
By Stephen Brackstone

There’s plenty for kids to explore on this route, plus some excellent pub waypoints for the adults. This route takes you through the woodlands to the railway crossing where you can spot frequent trains. Next make your way to the farm to visit all kinds of animals and pass the canal to stop off at the pub that welcomes families for chilled drinks and lunch.

Best for: The whole family 

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Trail

8. Stockley trail, Bolsover, Derbyshire (FREE)
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 1.9 miles
By Man on his bike

This track is perfect for first-time riders and children still learning. With flat and smooth surfaces throughout, the quiet roads make for the perfect outdoor learning environment. With one test at a simple road crossing, this is a fun day out for families with little ones.

Best for: Learners 

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