The best UK family walks

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Going on a walk is a fantastic family activity. Below are all the family walks in the UK that I have shared on this website and a few posts that share hints and tips for making walking with kids easier. You can find more recommendations for UK family days out and holidays here.

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Best Gruffalo trails UK

If you have young children, you can’t beat a Gruffalo trail. So I’ve rounded them up from across the whole of the UK here – Best Gruffalo trails.

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Zog trails Forestry England

This year’s Forestry England trail is Zog. There are 26 trails across England, find full details of them all here – Zog trails.

The best UK family walks by region

We’re based in Cheshire so we naturally walk a lot within the region but also the surrounding regions too. We regularly visit Yorkshire, the Lake District and North Wales. We also have a campervan (read more our Mazda Bongo campervan here) so I write about other fantastic family walks that we enjoy around the UK.

Family walks North West

I have loads of posts with details of great family walks in the North West of England so I have a full post dedicated to them, find it here – family walks North West.

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Join the Family walks North West Facebook group to be part of a community sharing the best walks for families across the region. Click here.

Family walks Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of my favourite places to visit. I love sculptures and this park is huge and full of them.

Another sculpture park worth a visit in Yorkshire is Himalayan gardens and sculpture park.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens is a stunning National Trust property in Yorkshire. It’s one of our favourite National Trusts and a World Heritage site too. The play area is huge!

Malham tarn walk is a great alternative to the very busy Malham cove walk.

Find more walks for families in Yorkshire here – The Reluctant Explorers

Family walks Staffordshire

Trentham gardens is an absolutely magical family walk with loads of sculptures (including 21 fairies) and an amazing play area too.

Family walks Shropshire

Shropshire is a gorgeous area for walking. We spent a fantastic weekend walking in the Shropshire hills and can highly recommend climbing Caer Caradoc, we didn’t quite make it to the top with our youngest who was 4 at the time but it was a lovely walk with stunning views.

We also enjoyed walking in Carding Mill Valley, National Trust managed land so car park fees apply for non-members (£5 to £7 for all day parking). Find out more here – * Carding mill valley

Our absolute favourite walk, so far in Shropshire is Hawkstone Park Follies. It’s an amazing place for families to walk as you get a really good walk with absolutely loads to keep the kids entertained on the walk. There is usually a family trail sheet to follow and hunt for clues, not to mention all the caves, trolls and fairies!

4 photos of a stunning landscape at Hawkstone park follies

Family walks Peak District

We live on the Cheshire side of the Peak District and love walking in Macclesfield forest, climbing Shuttling sloe and Teggs nose.

Find loads more Family hiking in the Peak District ideas here.

Family walks North Wales

There are some great National Trust North Wales for enjoying family walks. Of course, there are play areas too.

4 photos of different North Wales National trust sites

Family walks South Wales

If you’re ever lucky enough to be on the Gower then you need to visit three cliffs bay beach. There is no car park right next to the beach, its a lovely walk to get there including a stunning castle ruins. Find out how to get to Three Cliffs Bay beach here.

Family walks Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is a beautiful area of the UK and there are some fantastic places for family walks. Here are our favourites so far.

There is a gorgeous walk from the centre of Broadway which is a gorgeous Cotswold village to visit with shops, tea rooms, pubs, an amazing play area and a museum. Find the Broadway tower walk details here.

Slimbridge wetland centre is another great place for family walks, in fact it is great for a day out, the kids won’t even realise they are walking! There are play areas and loads of birds to discover including all 6 species of flamingo!

Puzzlewood is in the heart of the Forest of Dean and is a really unique place to walk. Do you know they filmed parts of a Star Wars film here?

Family walks Surrey

One of our favourite family walks in Surrey is RHS Wisley which has a fantastic play area, huge glasshouse and interactive learning centre too.

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Walking gear recommendations

Getting the right walking gear is so important. I love my Regatta walking boots and they are my go to for kids walking boots too.

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Things to do on a walk with kids

It a good idea to have some ideas on hand for keeping your kids entertained on a walk. We always pack a walking game or scavenger hunt as well as having ideas our head that don’t need any supplies.

Here are our favourite nature games:

Find loads more things to do on a walk with kids.

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