We went on a glorious family walk the other weekend, I can’t tell how much we all enjoyed it. You are living life at a different pace, and it means you are able to appreciate the environment around you. This a featured guest post talking about the best family walks in the Britain :
It can be difficult to get kids interested in playing outside. Some of the statistics about children and the outdoors are astonishing: fewer than ten per cent of kids play in wild places (down from 50 per cent a generation ago) and the roaming radius for kids has declined by 90 per cent in one generation.
Thankfully, however, the National Trust is fighting back with its Outdoor Nation scheme, which aims to get children climbing trees and skimming stones on ponds again. You can always do your bit for your family too and simply taking advantage of the great outdoors by going for a walk is a great start. It’s worth remembering that the countryside is ours to enjoy, so there is nothing to stop you visiting Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as the Sussex Downs and the Wye Valley, for a long walk.
In keeping with the National Trust theme, many of the organisation’s properties offer extensive grounds for long family walks as well as play facilities for children. Some of the best include the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, which boasts an assault course, slides, climbing towers, woodland dens and hide-outs, and Belton House in Lincolnshire with its zip wires and miniature railway.
Chatsworth in Derbyshire is one of Britain’s most spectacular stately homes and as well as the house’s beautiful architecture and 1000 acres’ worth of grounds, there is also a fabulous children’s playground and farmyard. The whole family can take a walk round the gardens, have a snack at the farm shop and cafe, and the children can enjoy a fantastic woodland adventure playground to help them get back to nature. When climbing has all got a bit tiring, kids will love the Guinea pig village where they can pet all kinds of farm animals.
It’s a good idea to face the great outdoors fully equipped, so make sure you have the ideal kids’ clothes for running around in the grass. If you’ve got young kids, you may also want to check out all types of baby walkers online so that your little ones can keep up and have fun at the same time.