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10 UK family walking holiday routes

Lifestyle & pet

Everyone knows that going for a walk is good exercise, but it’s getting out the house to go on these walks that is the real problem! It’s a New Year and most of us have already copped out on our New Year’s resolutions. But the fact remains the same: walking is good for you. So how can you make it happen? Picking yourself up and getting out the door can be tricky when you’re alone, so why not turn walking into a fun day out with the family while getting healthy and fit in the process? The UK has hundreds of walking routes for day trips or holidays, so we have put together a list of 10 best family walking areas for you to enjoy.

Cairngorm Reindeer Walks (Aviemore, Scotland)

Take a relaxed, easy stroll into the Cairngorm Mountains just outside Aviemore to visit the reindeers. Perfect for younger children or older people, the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre offers guided group walks with the opportunity to feed the reindeer once you reach the top of the mountain.

Opening Times:

All Year

Walk Leaves:

11am (winter), 11am & 14:30 (summer)

Costs:

Adults – £13. Children – £7. Concession – £10

Hadrian’s Wall Path (Northumberland, England)

Bordering the Northumberland National Park, explore the Site of Hadrian’s Wall including Roman settlements and forts on your own time and selected distance. While the Hadrian’s Wall path may stretch 84 miles from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, there are many small towns with cosy pubs, busy market places and every day facilities all along the way to ensure you can explore the walk at your own convenience. The route has clear navigation signs and includes both easy and difficult sections. Plan your holiday according to your family’s fitness levels and age.

Opening Times:           

All Year

Walk Leaves:                

At your leisure

Costs:                          

At your discretion

Giant’s Causeway (Northern Ireland)

Giant’s Causeway is home to the world’s most dramatic basalt columns. A World Heritage site,

Volcanic activity from millions of years ago created the hexagon shaped pillars in county Antrim in Ireland. Many of the columns lead from the cliff foot into the ocean. Visit the coastline to explore the unique pillars and sharp cliffs that have inspired artists, scientists and visitors alike.

Open:                         

All Year

Costs:                        

Adult – £9/Child – £4.50

Corfe Castle (Dorset)

Corfe Castle in Dorset is believed to be one of Enid Blyton’s biggest inspirations in her Famous Five books. Perched on the top of a beautiful, green English countryside hill, it’s a respectable walk for children and families to enjoy together. Explore the ruins and enjoy the daily activities often held at Corfe Castle.

Distance:                    

1.5 miles

Open:                         

All Year Round

Walk Leaves:              

10:00am – 17:00pm

Costs:                          

Adult Off Peak/Peak – £7.72/£8.18

Children Off Peak/Peak – £3.86/£4.09

Watersinks to Malham Tarn Easy Stroll (Yorkshire Dales)

The 2.6 mile walk between the Watersinks and Malham Tarn is perfect for families with younger children. An easy, short linear walk along the beautiful wetland site provides grassy footpaths and gravel tracks, easily navigated by children. If you’d like to increase the length of the walk, set off from the Pennine Way, which runs through the estate, and add an extra 6 miles to the route. There are baby changing facilities on site. Make it a complete family walk by bringing your dogs along for the fun.

Distance:        

2.6 miles

Open:             

All Year Round

Cost:               

Free

Cotswold Way (England)

Another long range walk, the Cotswold Way stretches just over 100 miles from Bath to Chipping Campden. Enjoy an array of site seeing pleasures along the route including World Heritage Site’s City of Bath, Upton Cheyney Chapel, All Saints Church (a major arts and crafts centre), the Belas Knap Long Barrow and the Broadway Tower Country Park to name a few. Set out on a long walking holiday or select the sections that most interest you and your family.

Distance:        

Up to 100 miles

Open:             

All Year Round

Cost:               

At your discretion

Sherwood Forrest (Notthingham)

Home to hunter-gatherers, 9thcentury farming communities and the legendary Robin Hood, the Sherwood Forrest has been around for over 1000 years. Open all year round, it offers a selection of short, easy walks or long, more challenging walks ranging from 4 to 8 miles. The Sherwood Forest is speckled with ancient history including Sherwood Forest trees, Clipstone Forest war-time training grounds (used from 1914), Flood Dykes and myths of Robin Hood (who legend says lived in the forest in the 14th century). Bring your children to the forest for all weather paths and routes up gentle hills.

Distance:        

4 miles to 8 miles

Open:             

All Year Round

Cost:               

Free

Cwm Idwal (Llyn, Wales)

From peaks to sandy beaches, Llyn offers a huge variety of walk ways for families on holiday. Self-led guided tours have been created by the Snowdonia and Llyn Peninsula rangers so that you can discover all that the region has to offer at your own speed. One of the most popular routes (for fit families) is the 3 mile Cwm Idwal Walk in Gwynedd. This route offers spectacular views through the ice-sculpted, bowl-shaped hollow Cwm Idwal, filled with crystal clear water. Explore this moderately strenuous route’s steep sections and rough mountain paths for a family challenge. Alternatively, explore the lake shore with your pooches in tow.

Distance:        

3 miles

Open:             

All Year Round

Cost:               

Free

Thames Path National Trail (England)

The Thames Path follows the greatest river in England from its source in the Cotswold Hills to its end in the sea. Stretching over 184 miles, there are more than enough walk ways along this beautiful river to satisfy families, whether in the city of London or in rural, countryside England. For example, the Thames Barrier to Greenwich is 4.5 miles or the Barnes Bridge to Teddington is 12 miles. You choose the distance and location to suit your holiday.

Distance:        

Up to 184 miles

Open:             

All Year Round

Cost:               

Free

Lizard Peninsula (England)

Some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline lies in Cornwall. With teal blue seas and dark rocky outcrops, the Lizard Peninsula may not home lizards, but it does host some of the UK’s most beautiful wildflowers and animals. The southernmost tip of Britain, the Lizard Peninsula is perfect for those looking for a mix of great views and beach walks. Picnic on the top of the cliffs or continue to stroll down to the beach along the rocky cliffs, past the collapsed sea cave – the Lion’s Den, to the light house and onto the village.

Distance:        

7 miles

Open:             

All Year Round

Cost:               

Free

Spring is around the corner and it’s the perfect time to start planning a walking day trip or holiday. Gather your friends or family and enjoy the beauty that England has to offer with these exquisite walks.

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