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Walking with children

Family walks in Britain’s countryside are an ideal way of introducing children to the great outdoors. Walking is an educational tool for children with so much to see and explore and although their concentration span maybe short, they will enjoy the freedom and experience of being in the fresh air.

A family walk is a much cheaper option than visiting an attraction, and maybe will lay the foundations for them enjoying the outdoors in their adult lives. The British countryside has many treasures to explore from abundant wildlife to historic castles, to beachcombing and rocky scrambles, and stepping stones across streams and rivers.

Safety and risk

The countryside is a safe environment with no traffic hazards. However, there are times when children need watching carefully especially near rivers, cliffs and in other risky environments. Today children live in a risk- free environment, unlike their parents, and they need to learn about where the dangers lie. Give the children plenty of space to explore and allow them to gather different experiences for their adult lives.

What to take

Very little specialist clothing is required. A good pair of trainers or wellies, a waterproof and some warm clothing if the weather turns cold. Take along plenty of fluids and some of their favourite snacks. Plan ahead and devise some activities during the walk.

Suitable walks

Durdle Door from Lulworth Cove is a great short walk on a good clear path. You can descend to the small beach and enjoy the sea.

Lulworth Cove

Thorpe Cloud is a small hill in the Dove Valley in Derbyshire. The walk includes a shallow river with stepping stones and the route to the top can include simple scrambles over rocks.

Thorp Cloud

Cat Bells is a classic Lake District fell overlooking Derwentwater near Keswick. The route to the top is up a clear path and the summit offers great views and a sense of achievement.

Cat Bells

Godrevy Point lies on the north coast of Cornwall not far from St. Ives. The coastal walk includes a couple of sandy beaches and the chance to see seals with good paths and signage.

Godrevy Point

Remember to choose short walks with plenty of interest and enjoy your time in the countryside.

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