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The best family walks across the UK for spring 2023!

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Looking for days out this spring that won’t cost a penny,
but struggling to come across many?
There are so many beautiful places to take a walk and explore,
Along the beach, through the woods and so much more!

🐿 Formby Red Squirrel Walk, Liverpool 🐿

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This easy walking trail is suitable for the whole family and your little furry friends too! Plus, the beautiful woodlands are home to the rare native red squirrel so make sure to keep your eyes peeled! You may see one or two! Find out more here. 

🐞 Gibside, Tyne and Wear 🐞

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Whether you are looking for a relaxing Sunday stroll or a longer hike with the family, walking at Gibside means you can do either! Stick to the path or venture off the beaten track, it’s up to you! There are several family trails for you to choose from, all guaranteed to provide you with breathtaking views and lots of wildlife along the way. Plus, there is even a lovely pub to stop at for well-needed family refreshments! Find out more here.

🦌 Attingham Park, Shropshire 🦌

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There is plenty to see and do at Attingham Park in Shropshire! Why not enjoy a gorgeous spring walk around the grounds, or take a run around the playfield, or even pay a visit to Badgers House in the Bothy in the Walled Gardens. This is an excellent choice for any outdoor family! Find out more here. 

🏰 Croft Castle and Parkland, Herefordshire 🏰

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Pop on your walking boots, grab your four-legged friend and stretch your legs in Croft’s 1500 acre parkland! Under 5’s, older children and the whole family can reconnect with childhood past as they explore an iron age hill fort, way-marked walks and natural play area in the Croft Castle and Parkland grounds. Find out more here. 

🌂 Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens, Hampshire 🌂

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Run, jump and play come rain or shine at Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens! Enjoy some family fun as you explore the grounds with seasonal trails before testing your limits in the Wild Play Area. Plus, pay a visit to their on-site cafe’s which cater for all the family! Find out more here. 

🍁 Stourhead, Wiltshire 🍁

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You won’t be disappointed with a visit to one of this countries finest landscape gardens, Stourhead in Wiltshire! With a lake in the centre and gardens filled with temples, follies and a planting scheme you can enjoy the spectacular display of colour. With lots to see and do here, a great day out for all the family is guaranteed! Find out more here. 

🐴 New Forest National Park, Hampshire 🐴

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The New Forest is the perfect place to take a wonderful walk this spring with family and friends. Choose from a variety of trails, all varying in length and difficulty.  Plus, keep the little ones entertained and have them on the lookout for adorable New Forest ponies and other wildlife that call the New Forest home! Top tip, the walk from Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard and back is especially lovely. Find out more here. 

🌳 Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey 🌳

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For warming refreshments and gorgeous walks through the Surrey countryside, Winkworth Arboretum is the place to go! Plus, an exciting new Tree Adventure has opened at Winkworth, complete with a climbing wall, fireman’s pole, rope tunnel and ladders, it is the perfect way for children to let off some steam. Find out more here. 

🚵‍♀️ Lochan Trail at Glencoe Lochan, The Highlands 🚵‍♀️

Visiting Glencoe village anytime soon? You’ll find Lochan just a short distance from Glencoe Village, a tranquil loch surrounded by tall woods with a backdrop of pointed mountains! The Lochan trail here is an easy wander for all the family, with longer steeper options for those feeling slightly more adventurous and great spots for kids to explore off the path! The spacious area is perfect for cycling as well! Find out more here. 

🌲 Bute Park and Arboretum, Cardiff 🌲

In the heart of the city in Cardiff, you will find Bute Park! Here you and the family can explore a superb tree collection, natural play features, an education centre, three cafes and a wealth of horticulture and wildlife. There are also designated paths for little ones to scooter or cycle along! With so much to do just where will you start?! Find out more here. 

🏴‍☠️️ Cardiff Bay Barrage, Cardiff 🏴‍☠️️

Perfect for scooters and bikes, the 1km barrage walk stretches from Cardiff Bay in the north to Penarth in the south! After a family walk, make sure to check out the children’s pirate-themed play area and skate park – both sure to be a huge hit with the kiddies! Plus, fancy learning a bit about the history of the bay? Check out the several educational information points dotted around! Find out more here. 

👣 St James’ Park, London 👣

Are you going to be in the capital this spring with the family? Why not take a walk around St James’ Park!  It offers a lovely walking route starting from the park towards The Mall, along Victoria Embankment and returns via Birdcage Walk and Buckingham Palace. Find out more here. 

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