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Our Favourite Family Friendly Walks around the UK

Keep nature on your radar this fall with some of our favourite hikes, from Scotland to Surrey and everything in between


As the evenings roll in faster, it's sometimes hard to motivate yourself and/or the family to step outside the front door and engage with the great outdoors. But these breath-taking views make for all the motivation you need to take in some fresh air and enjoy those sunny autumn days.

Schools and the government are always encouraging us to get children walking to school, in fact some schools even run rewards programs. The NHS also run the Change 4 Life program which advocates the importance of physical exercise for all of us!

We know weekends can be busy, but going out for a family hike is a great opportunity to bond, and discuss topics you never knew your child was interested in, as well as giving them a chance to talk to you! Next time a family day occurs make it an active one! As an added bonus, a day out in the fresh air will lead to a sounder sleep for all!

The best walks around the UK with your children

We've rounded up some of our favourites, from wildlife walks to coastal paths and heritage sites. We know you won't be disappointed!

Brownsea Island, Dorset - Wildlife Walk

Squirrel from Brownsea Island, Dorset- photo Vicki GriDistance: 1 mile (1.5 km)
Grade: Easy
Approximate Time: 20 minutes

This walk cuts through mixed and pine woodland at the centre of the Brownsea Island, offering an excellent opportunity to see red squirrels and red squirrel conservation in action. In winter, the area is visited by huge flocks of birds including little egrets and avocets.

Rye and Camber Sands - History and Harbours

Distance: 9 miles (14.4 km)
Grade: Easy
Approximate Time: 5 hours

Overlooked by Rye Citadel, this pleasant level walk encompasses a multitude of landscapes. History buffs will enjoy the Royal Military Canal and ancient farmland of East Guldeford Level, whilst animal lovers can delight in raptors, mammals and possibly a seal or two in Rye Harbour. Camber Sands is the perfect spot for lunch, while the return to Rye is a riot of colourful fishing boats and pleasure craft. There is something here for everyone. This is definitely a full day trip! We recommend packing a picnic lunch as there are not many places to stop along the way!

Ickworth, Suffolk - For Fitness Finatics

Ickworth House - photo credit National Trust Images, Andrew ButlerDistance: 2.5-3.5 miles (4-5.5 km)
Grade: Moderate
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours

A circular walk through some of the woodlands around Ickworth. Make sure to take the detour along the Trim Trail (suitable for adults and children) and try your hand on various fitness objects, ranging from pole climbing to ladder walks and leap frog.

Haddon Hill - Heather Moorlands

Distance: 1.5 miles (2.41 km)
Grade: Easy/Moderate
Approximate Time: 60-90 minutes

A relatively flat terrain of natural stones will guide you through this circular walk in Exmoor National Park. While it has breath-taking views in every direction year round, late summer is the best time to visit these moorlands if you want to see the heather in full bloom!

Note: It is possible to manage this trail with an all-terrain push chair.

Speke Hall, Liverpool - Heritage Walk

Stocktons Wood at Speke Hall, Photo credit National Trust Images, Andrew Butler

Distance: 1.2 miles (1.96 km)
Grade: Easy
Approximate Time: 40 minutes

Explore the hidden paths around the gardens and through the ancient woodland surrounding Speke Hall. Keep an eye out for the birds, butterflies and beetles that make their home in these secluded spaces and discover how the landscape has changed over the centuries.

Image References

  • Squirrel - Vicki Gri
  • Ickworth House - Andrew Butler
  • Speke Hall - Andrew Butler

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