We have been blogging about walking, families and children. And with the English and Welsh summer holidays looming in front of you, it could be the perfect time to head out for a walk or two. Here we reveal a few walking ideas to inspire you to take your first steps…
Wonders of wildlife walk
Where: Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.
Start/finish: National Trust Clumber Park car park.
Map: OS Landranger 120
Distance: 1.5 miles
Would suit: This is a short, easy walk with lots of wildlife interest so it is ideal for families with younger children.
Tell me more: Clumber was the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle and, although the mansion was demolished in 1938, the chapel, pleasure ground, lake and walled garden still remain. Today, you can explore the park and take in a wealth of flora, fauna and wildlife along the way. Tell the kids you’re off to see beetles and bats and they will be far quicker to pull on their walking shoes or willies.
Find out more: National Trust
Walk with history because it’s fun
Where: South of Pikehall, Peak District.
Start/finish: Minninglow car park
Map: OS White Peak Explorer
Distance: 8 miles
Would suit: Families with slightly older children who are looking for an adventurous walk that also tells them more about the area.
Tell me more: This is a mostly easy-going walk although eight miles is quite a distance for small children so make sure everyone in the family is capable of walking for a few hours. The theme of this walk is “Meet the ancestors of Hoe Grange”. Children – and grown ups – will enjoy the views, relics, tombs and even an old limekiln. There’s an accompanying “see and do” activity sheet for children to fill in as they walk.
Find out more: At The Peak Experience
The Water Way Walk
Where: Strathblane, north of Glasgow
Start/finish: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre
Map: Pick up leaflets at the visitor centre.
Distance: 5 miles
Would suit: Families of all ages. If children start to tire then simply turn back and treat everyone to refreshments at the visitor centre cafe.
Tell me more: Mugdock County Park offers a wealth of walks and trails. The park has many sites of Special Scientific Interest, as well as fantastic views and an orienteering challenge. This varied walk heads through woods and around reservoirs.
Find out more: C Mugdock Country Park
All the fun of the beach walk
Where: Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
Start/finish: Boggle Hole
Distance: Three miles one way.
Would suit: Families that love fabulous beaches. Enough said!
Tell me more: Boggle Hole is a lovely cove and often deserted. This is also one of the UK’s top “fossil coasts” and splitting loose chunks of rock will frequently reveal an ammonite. The clifftop path is clear if a little over-fenced but the disused railway half-a-mile inland is lovely for a round trip. You’ll also need to know the tide times if using the beach.
Find out more: At clevelandway.co.uk
Walk to a stunning waterfall
Where: Isle of Arran, Scotland
Start/finish: Southern end of Whiting Bay.
Map: OS Explorer 361
Distance: 2.75 miles
Would suit: Most families although you may need to carry the youngest up the steps if they want to see the Giants’ Graves, which, of course, they will!
Tell us more: This circuit through a wooded glen reveals Glenashdale Falls, the most dramatic waterfall on Arran, as well as an Iron Age fort. On the way back there’s an option to visit the Giants’ Graves at a signposted junction. You’ll need to negotiate a steep climb up 300 wooden steps to a clearing containing the “horned gallery graves” – a type of chambered cairn from the Neolithic period.
Find out more: See Walk Highlands
Why not tell us about your favourite family walks? It would be great to see the website links so we can tell other families how to discover the walking routes for themselves.