Top 7 family-friendly hikes in the UKMay 15, 2018 • Outdoor Ideas
In honour of National Walking Month 2018, we’ve looked all around the UK to find the best family-friendly hikes you can enjoy with children of all ages.
A wonderful family day out doesn’t have to be costly or difficult to organise. Family-friendly hikes are perfect for those who crave nature and fresh air.
The UK has so much to offer. From hilly country terrains to ancient woodlands, we’re spoilt for choice with incredible hiking routes all over the country with plenty of hidden treasures to keep little hikers engaged.
Here is our list of the top 7 family-friendly hikes in the UK
1) London – Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is a wonderful ancient London park, well worth discovering and perfect for urban walks with children. Start with walking around the park and enjoying the lovely view. End your trip with a visit to Kenwood House located on the edge of the park, visit the café, have a family picknick or a kite-flying session.
2) South-East – 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 breath-taking! 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 have lunch at the local pub finished off with cream tea to make your day out even more special.
3) South-West – Baggy Point, Devon
Choose Baggy Point if you’re looking for easy family-friendly hikes. It’s a perfect place for bird-watching and enjoying sea views (you might even spot a seal or two!). Don’t forget to bring a weather-poof jacket to protect your little tots from the windy gusts.
4) Scotland – Cairngorms National Park
Head to the Scottish Highlands to enjoy some amazing walking and cycling routes, water sports, beautiful views and wildlife. The Cairngorms National Park, voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the World, 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. Don’t forget to visit Balmoral Castle, The Queen’s Scottish residence.
5) Midlands – 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 and enjoy two brilliant play areas for children or the Children’s Wood – an area within the park where young visitors can build shelters and have lots of fun!
6) North – Rising Sun Country Park, 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 hikes. 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 duck by the little pond, say hello to horses and have a snack in the local café – a trip to the Rising Sun Country Park is a brilliant way to spend a lovely day with your little ones.
7) Wales – Brecon Beacons National Park
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 hikes
We know the British weather can surprise us with a sudden downpour any time (especially in the summer). Be prepared for drizzle, gusts and downpours with protective waterproofs so your little hikers can stay dry while splashing in puddles (who doesn’t love jumping in puddles?!).
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 little ones toasty whatever the weather.