The best family walks in the UK
The UK is a beautiful place, full of so much history and so many wonders that will get the whole family's imaginations racing - no matter where you are. From giant hunting in Northern Ireland to traipsing through London's royal parks where Henry VIII used to hunt deer, we're really spoiled for choice.
We've compiled some of our very favourite places in the UK to get the whole family out and about for some much needed fresh air and exercise.
London - Richmond Park & Bushy Park
The two largest royal parks in London offer some spectacular views of London and have incredible wildlife to spot - no matter what time of the year you go. Covering a combined area of 3,460 acres you won't be short of places to explore in these historic parks. As you wander through these parks keep an eye out for deer, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, snakes, parakeets and many more.
Both parks have lots of facilities so if you're in need of a cold (or warm) drink, something to nibble on or toilets there's no need to worry. Richmond Park also has 2 playgrounds, Kingston Gate playground which has been designed for kids under 5 and Petersham Gate playground which is great for kids of all ages. Bushy Park has one playground which is great for kids of all ages. It even has a giant sandpit too so don't forget your bucket and spades!
If you're keen to make your way around the entire park, make sure you bring your bikes. Although traffic does flow through these parks, there are plenty of car-free paths that wind their way around the parks. If you don't have bikes then don't worry as you can rent them in Richmond Park through Parkcycle.
Northern Ireland - The Giant's Causeway
Imagine a land built by giants. Huge steps rising out of the sea, a giant's lost shoe, a ginormous camel that giants once rode and a magical wishing chair. You'd be hard pressed to find a place as mystical as the Giant's Causeway - your kids' imaginations will be running wild picturing all the giants who used to live here as well as trying to find any lost treasures left behind by them.
Managed by the National Trust, you can either pay to have the full experience which includes a guided tour, or you're more than welcome to show yourselves around free of charge. You can, of course, make your way straight to the Causeway but we would highly recommend walking around the area. There are three trails that you can take, all with varying degrees of difficulty so make sure you check out the National Trust before deciding which trail to take. If you decide to venture up to the cliff-top walk, keep your eyes peeled for whales, basking sharks and dolphins. If you're really luck you may spot some orcas!
Edinburgh - Arthur's Seat
Fancy walking up an extinct volcano for the most amazing view of Edinburgh? Of course you do! About a mile away from Edinburgh Castle you'll find Arthur's Seat. Not only is Arthur's Seat an extinct volcano, it's also been reported to be one of the possible locations of Camelot. Sitting at 251 meters above sea level, you'll get one of the best views of the city and the Firth of Forth.
There are a number of routes that you can take to get to top. The red route is the most popular and has the least steep path to the top. The route is paved so it's great for prams and at a leisurely pace you can expect to make it up and back down again in around 2 hours. As you make your way up, why not see who can find some of the most popular landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill and the three bridges that cross the Firth of Forth. Also, depending on the time of year you may be able to see some snow on the Pentland Hills.
Wales - Worms Head/Rhossili
Disclaimer: Before you head out for a walk to Worms Head please make sure you read the safety signs as it's only accessible during low tide for about 2 and a half hours. It is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility or pushchairs.
Located in South Wales, just outside of Swansea, Rhossili is home to 3 miles of pristine beach, an actual shipwreck from 1887, Worms Head where you can find seals, and loads and loads of history. Rhossili is easily accessible by car and there is parking and various facilities at the top of the cliffs. There are plenty of walks along the clifftops and down to the beach where you'll find the wreck of the Helvetia. The area is very popular with paragliders so make sure you keep an eye out for them and see who can spot the most!
If you're feeling adventurous we'd strongly recommend taking a walk over to Worms Head where you can find seals basking on the rocks. The walk is only a couple hundred of meters but be aware it's only accessible during low tide so make sure you keep an eye on the time. Once you're across, the views back to Rhossili are amazing.
All Over The UK - Geocaching Walks
A fun interactive way for the whole family to explore many of our amazing regions in the UK. Geocaching is where objects are hidden around an area and using GPS, your challenge is to find them. It’s great fun for all ages.
If you happen to be in South Devon there are 25 hidden National Trail geocoins on the coastal path to be found. You’ll find them between Heybrook Bay and Yealm Estuary. The idea with this challenge is to find a coin and move it along the path towards Plymouth. When you’ve found a great place then your job is to hide it for someone else to find and it move along.
There are geocaching sites all over the UK. To find one that’s near you head to geocaching.com and download the app.