We are over half way through the year. When did that happen? But at this time I’m reflecting on the new years resolutions I made back in December.
I set a fair few tasks for myself this year, but I figure that If I’ve kept at least 1 or 2 I’ll be happy. The general idea was to increase the amount of exercise we do as a family. I had some great ideas back then such as weekly sports nights, dancing, nature walks and ditching the car. I reckon we’ve done all of them at least once, but if I’m honest we haven’t kept them up, aside from one that I’m really happy about.
As a family we have been getting outdoors a lot more than we used to. We’ve been camping and gardening (which the children love!) and have introduced walking into our weekly routine. However, walking with children can be a lot like walking with dinosaurs. Kids are not ones to keep the peace, and if they’re bored, they’ll certainly let you know. This being said, we’ve found some great nature walks that the kids love and so I thought I’d tell you about them here.
Malham Waterfall, Settle, North Yorkshire
This is a lovely walk that really sparked the kids interest, as the path leads to a magical waterfall and secret cave. We had fun telling stories about the local legend that says the cave is home to the Queen of the Fairies. This really piqued Tilly’s interest. Lots of wishes were made here, and she often asks to go back.
Polesden Lacey, Dorking, Surrey
This is a big area to explore with 1,400 acres of land. But Polesden has a lot to offer for families from geocaching and special kid’s trails to dressing up and play areas. There really was a ton of things for the kids to do. It was a real unexpected treat when we went. We’ll definitely go back, but it’s quite far to travel for us.
Attingham Park, Shropshire
The Attingham Mile Walk is a perfect for pushchairs. There is also a play area where the kids could let off steam. One of the good things about Attingham is that it holds a lot of family fun events throughout throughout the year. Especially during the Great British Walks festival. We are considering heading down for the Family Adventure Walk on the 27th of October. Apparently, there are different challenges for the children to take part in.
Llyn and Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales
We are tied between Attingham Park and this one for the Halloween period. There’s lots of adventures to be had in Llyn and Snowdonia, and during autumn, on October 26th there are special woodland activities for children of all ages where there’s lots to discover and create. The walk is lovely too, with some great views
Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge, Langdales
Another place we loved – we enjoyed discovering beautiful waterfalls, woods, small bays and it’s great because the path leads to an open meadow (which was great to relax in) and a pretty dramatic Woodburn Bridge. It also has handy amenities and refreshments at either end of the walk.
Do you know of any other family friendly walks? Have you been out an about over the Summer?