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10 Great UK Walks for Families from The Outdoor Guide


A family day out that won’t break the bank


Our friend Julia Bradbury (Countryfile, Watchdog, Top Gear) is the leading lady behind The Outdoor Guide – The Home of Britain’s Best Walks. Inspired by the country’s love of walking, we’ve teamed up with The Outdoor Guide to present to you 10 inspiring routes for complete beginners and experienced hikers, including accessible walks suitable for wheelchair users and families with buggies.



1. Ickworth House Wildlife Walk



Set in the lush Suffolk countryside, just outside the ancient Cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds this unusual stately home is perfect for the whole family. It has extensive ground and plenty of marked pathways, plus a mixture of parkland, riverbank and ancient woodland, there is plenty of wildlife to see.


For more information, visit The Outdoor Guide.


2. Wallington Trust Tree Walk



Wallington Trust is home to the #1 tree for climbing in all the country.. Don’t just take our word for it, the Kid’s Council over and the National Trust also gave it their seal of approval. For the less monkey-like among you, there are also plenty of walks, both short and long, at this beautiful property. It’s well worth taking some time to explore.


Find out all about Wallington and the walk route on The Outdoor Guide.



3. Buggy-Friendly Lighthouse Walk



This walk at Durlston Country Park, just outside of Swanage in Dorset, is on of many well-paved buggy-friendly options at the park. With important habitats for wildlife, stunning views over the Atlantic ocean from the clifftops and of course the striking lighthouse, this is the perfect place to bring a young family to help spark their imaginations and love of the outdoors.


For a downloadable map and more tips, head to The Outdoor Guide.


4. Aysgarth Falls Waterfall Walk



Aysgarth Falls is a series of three waterfalls located on the River Ure, in lower Wensleydale, in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s a magical place, with three different viewing platforms, surrounded by beautiful woodland. There are buggy-friendly paths and abundance of wildlife, with the elusive red squirrel calling the woods surrounding the falls home.


For more details and a downloadable route head to The Outdoor Guide.


5. The River Dart Walk



This walk along the beautiful Dart Valley trail, starting from the Bohemian Totnes, follows the slow flowing River Dart along it’s verdant banks. There are some steep, gravelled sections so make sure everyone is wearing sensible shoes even in the summer.


You can find a map and info about places to eat and stay near this lovely walk on The Outdoor Guide


6. Leigh Woods Walk Bristol



The Leigh Woods, on the outskirts of Bristol, are a magical place to walk with children. Carpeted with bluebells in the spring, plus home to plenty of beautiful places to eat a picnic this walk could be anywhere from an hour to a full day out. This walk is best suited to slightly older children who don’t need to be in a buggy.





For a map of the area, head to The Outdoor Guide website.



7. Brimham Rocks Walks, Yorkshire



Brimham Rocks is the perfect place to take kids, this prehistoric site is covered with strange and beautiful rock formations which were dumped there by a huge river before even the dinosaurs existed. Our walks takes you around the perimeter of the site, but it’s the kind of place where you can spend hours climbing and exploring.


All details on The Outdoor Guide.


7. The Taylbont Breckon Beacons Waterfall Walk, Wales



This walk has two optional routes, the first is perfect for families with younger children who would enjoy a short walk to look at the beautiful waterfalls. The second option is only suitable for older children who have walking experience. This route takes you up the Black Mountain Trail, from the top of which you’ll be able to see the awe-inspiring Brecon Beacons in the distance.


To find out how to follow the route, head to The Outdoor Guide website.


9. Rutland Water Dog & Kid Friendly Walk



This circular walk in the beautiful Rutland is perfect for the whole family, including small furry family members. The Hambleton Peninsular is a small island in Rutland Water, surrounded on three sides by the largest man made lake in England. It’s beautiful and serene, and has some excellent picnicking spots along they way. 


To follow the route and find out all about this walk, head to The Outdoor Guide website.


10. Arthur’s Seat Walk, Edinburgh



This famous Edinburgh landmark is the perfect place to take adventure and history loving kids. There is a steep-climb to the summit, but once up there you will have panoramic views of the city. The hill itself is an extinct volcano, an ancient remnant from Scotland’s volcanic past.


For handy tips and tricks, head to The Outdoor Guide.


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