Our Favourite Family-Friendly Walks in the UK


Family-friendly walks are a proof that a wonderful family day out doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult to organise. We’ve looked all around the UK to find the best family-friendly walks you can enjoy with children of all ages.

The UK has so much to offer. From hilly country terrains to ancient woodlands, we’re spoilt for choice with incredible walking routes all over the country. Here is the list of our favourite family-friendly walks in the UK. While the current advice is to remain local and travel only short distances, our list is a great place to start planning summer adventures for when the lockdown is fully lifted.

Please check the individual websites to learn more about available facilities and any opening restrictions that may be in place. We also have some brilliant walking games for when your growing explorers get a little tired.

Top 7 Family-Friendly Walks In The UK

Hampstead Heath, London

Hampstead Heath is a wonderful London park, well worth discovering and perfect for urban walks with children. Start with walking around the park and enjoy the lovely views. Have a family picnic or fly a kite together and once it reopens, it is worth ending your trip with a visit to Kenwood House and its lovely café located at the northern edge of the park.

Seven Sisters, East Sussex

In the mood for a brilliant coastal adventure? Discover the Seven Sisters Country Park, great for a walk with young hikers and pushchair friendly. The park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs – the views from the top of the Seven Sisters cliffs are simply breathtaking! There is plenty to see and do – go to the beach along the easy access trail, observe the wildlife, say hello to the sheep (the park is also a working farm) and soon you can have lunch at the local pub finished off with cream tea to make your day out even more special.

Baggy Point, North Devon

Baggy Point will be perfect for those looking for easy family-friendly walks. It’s the ideal place for bird-watching and enjoying sea views (you might even spot a seal or two!). Don’t forget to bring a waterproof jacket to protect your children from the gusty winds.

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

If you are near the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park is the place to enjoy some amazing walking and cycling routes, beautiful views, wildlife and watersports once facilities reopen. This stunning place is voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world and has something for everyone. It’s the UK’s largest National Park and offers lots of family attractions such as horse riding, archery, rafting, mini quad bikes or mountain biking (please check for restrictions).

 

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Ryton Wood, Warwickshire

Ryton Woods, one of the country’s largest semi-natural ancient woodlands, covers 85 hectares and some parts of it date back to the 11th century. After a family walk in the woods, head to the Ryton Pools Country Park where you can enjoy two brilliant play areas for children and the Children’s Wood – an area within the park where young visitors can build shelters and have lots of fun! Some facilities may be closed – please check before you travel.

Rising Sun Country Park, North Tyneside

The Rising Sun Country Park is set in the heart of North Tyneside and is a perfect place for relaxing and exciting family-friendly walks. Your family will be spoilt for choice with wonderful ponds, woodlands and wildlife. There are several footpaths and cycleways to explore, a children’s play area, a barbecue area and even some bird hides! Feed the ducks by the little pond, say hello to horses and have a snack at the local café (check opening restrictions) – a trip to the Rising Sun Country Park is a brilliant way to spend a lovely day with your little ones.

 

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales (for later!)

This one is currently closed but we love it so much we decided to include it in the list so you have it handy when it reopens! The Brecon Beacons National Park covers more than 500 square miles and offers lots of attractions for you and your young hikers. Discover the park’s exciting collection of short walks, perfect for little legs and novice walkers (be ready to get all muddy!). Depending on the weather, there are plenty of other activities you can try such as pony trekking, kayaking on the River Wye or visiting the ruins of the Carreg Cennen Castle.

How to dress for family-friendly walks

We all know that British weather can surprise us with a sudden downpour any time (especially when we don’t have a waterproof jacket handy). Be prepared for drizzle, gusts and downpours with protective waterproofs so your little hikers can stay warm and dry.

If you’re planning a family adventure this summer, check out our top picks for your young hikers – all 100% waterproof, breathable, machine-washable and hassle-free. Discover our brilliant jackets for boys, girls and babies, our splash-ready wellies and our practical waterproof trousers, designed to keep your children toasty whatever the weather.