The best family walks North West

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We love family walks, so today I’m sharing the best family walks in North West England. Family walks make great UK family days out. These family-friendly walks are in some of the most stunning areas of the North West. There are woodland walks, country parks and coastal paths for you all to enjoy. There are walks suitable for pushchairs and others that are less accessible but still good for little legs.

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Child-friendly walks North West

We love the North West of England and as this is where we live we are always out and about exploring and finding new places to walks. We also love our * National Trust Membership and I believe we are spoilt for choice here in the North West for fantastic family-friendly National Trust properties and land. Visiting a National Trust property pretty much guarantees you a walk suitable for all the family, even those still in pushchairs.

Here are 11 of the best National Trust walks North West for you to enjoy browsing through. You’re bound to find a great walk for all the family at one of these stunning locations.

Forestry England Superworm trails across the North West

These self-led trails should take you around 1 hour to complete (approximately 1 mile). The trail encourages children to think about the minibeasts in the forest. Brightly illustrated panels along the trail are packed with activities to think about these unsung heroes as well as questions too. Special Superworm trail packs are available to buy from the visitors centre for £3.50. The packs include stickers, a superhero mask, 7 creature fact cards, at home activity sheet, pencil and crayons.

Where can we do the Superworm trail in the North West?

Cheshire – From 4th February 2022, you can find the trail at Delamere forest.

Lancashire – From 19th February 2022, you can find the trail at Gisburn forest.

Cumbria – From 15th January 2022, you can find the trail at Grizedale forest. The Superworm trail will also be at Whinlatter forest but the start date has not been released yet.

Child looking at a worm illustrated panel in the woods
Photo credit – Forestry England

Walks in Cheshire for all the family

If you are looking for child-friendly walks Cheshire then you need to click through and read this post where I share all my favourites. These include climbs like Bosley cloud and White Nancy, where you are rewarded with stunning views at the peak and flatter walks like Macclesfield Riverside park. Whichever you choose you won’t be disappointed.

If you are looking for a walk more suitable for taking a pram then you need to read my post on pram-friendly walks in Cheshire. This post features walks like Walton hall with its fantastic play area and small farm and Delamere forest.

Not strictly a walk, but you will walk miles if you visit this great outdoor kids attraction, find out more in my BeWILDerwood Cheshire review.

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Family walks Lake district

There are so many walks in the Lake District. We’ve been going regularly since before we had kids. We love taking our young children and have surprisingly discovered many fantastic pram-friendly walks Lake District. It’s hard to pick our favourites but high up there are Tarn Hows and Elterwater to Skelwith bridge.

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Once your pushchair days are behind you, I have a great post on child-friendly walks in the Lake District. These include walks that are suitable for little legs as well as older children. It includes some great starter climbs like Orrest head and Latrigg as well as really fun walks like Sizergh castle play trail.

Our next plan is to try some Wainwright walks with kids. Let me know in the comments which one we should start with.

Family walks Manchester

There are some lovely pram-friendly walks in Manchester, click through to find full details. For many of these walks, you’ll struggle to believe how close to the city centre they are. Fletcher Moss is one such place. There are other walks in Greater Manchester that we love like Dove stones and Hollingworth lake.

I haven’t written a post on child-friendly walks in Manchester yet so, for now, you’ll have to have a look at the pram-friendly one above. All the walks listed in it a great for little legs too. Our personal favourites are walking to the lantern in Lyme park and finding the fairy den at Etherow country park.

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Family walks Lancashire

There are so many fantastic pram-friendly walks in Lancashire. One of my favourites is Brockholes near Preston. I’m currently working on a guide to child-friendly walks in Lancashire. We love coastal walks in St Annes and Lytham and visiting the singing ringing tree near Burnley was lots of fun. The best one we’ve done so far is Pendle sculpture trail. I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments too.

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

Track how far your family walks

If you walk a lot as a family or if you want to motivate your family to walk more then how about downloading my family walks tracker printable. You can choose from 50, 100 and 500 miles or km.


Need help keeping little ones happy on walks?

  • Walking with kids isn’t always easy. Here I share my best ideas for things to do on a walk with kids.
  • We’ve found loads of great places to do geocaching in the North West. It’s a great way to keep kids entertained on a walk. Find my guide to geocaching with kids here.
  • We always take a set of Go find it cards walking with us. They are compact and fantastic for entertaining kids on a walk.
  • Another fantastic thing to take on a walk with kids is a scavenger hunt. Get your autumn scavenger hunt printable here.
  • Don’t forget to pack a picnic. Winter tends to be the hardest season to think what to pack for a picnic which is why I worte this post on Winter picnic ideas.

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