We've teamed up with the Ramblers to launch the country's first ever series of intergenerational walking routes!

These routes have been specially selected so that they're lots of fun for children and easily accessible for older people, so whether you've got young grandchildren or an older grandparent there's a walk for you.

The routes

Ramblers top tips for fun family walking are:

  1. Make it an adventure: Don’t suggest ‘going for a walk’, make it an outing or adventure to somewhere like a park, a playground, woods or a pond. You could treat them to a picnic or take something to eat and drink along the way.
  2. Take it nice and slow: Be prepared to go at their pace, stopping to play and look at things on the way, and to cut the walk short if they get tired. With regular walking children will build up their fitness just as an adult does but keep walks short to begin with.
  3. Go prepared: Make sure they have comfortable clothes and shoes, and extra layers in case of rain.
  4. Get creative: You could plan fun activities and games like a treasure hunt or “I Spy”. Look out for animals, birds, trees, people, buildings, colours, or collect tree seeds, leaves, conkers and small stones. Take photographs along the way they can put in a diary or scrap book.

 

 

Manchester – park life

Length: 2.6 miles

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Starting point: Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre

Description: This walk takes you through some of the parks and greenery in Manchester. As you walk through Painswick Park, look for the rare plants that grow there, including spotted orchids. You can also take a trip to the fishing pond and stop at the play area. 

 

Sheffield – animal farm

Length: 2.6 miles

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Starting point: Jordanthorpe Health Centre

Description: This walk is perfect for the whole family, visiting the rare breeds farm Graves Park, a playground and a café. Look out for highland cattle, lakes teeming with birdlife, chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs and even a red deer.

 

Leicester – Rushey Mead to Watermead Country Park

Length: 2.4 miles

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Starting point: Rushey Mead Recreation Centre

Description: Head to Watermead Country Park on this pleasant circular walk. Now a local nature reserve, the country park boasts lakes full of wildlife and pretty views of the River Soar. Take a short detour to visit a Woolly Mammoth, built to commemorate the discovery of the remains of an ice age mammoth found when Watermead was a gravel quarry. 

  

Bristol – Spike Island and Dockside

Length: 2 miles

Time: 1 hour

Starting point: SS Great Britain

Description: This waterfront stroll offers plenty to entertain grandchildren and grandparents alike. Heading along the dockside you’ll enjoy lovely views towards Cliftonwood and Clifton, before heading back along the New Cut. Stop to look at SS Great Britain, Aardman Animation Studios, Albion Dockyard and Underfall Yard.

  

Rochester – Cossack Street

Length: 3 miles

Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Rochester Library

Description: This short walk through Rochester takes you past many of the town’s main landmarks, including the cathedral, castle, Guildhall Museum, Rochester Pier and Fort Clarence. Encourage youngsters to spot the landmarks and allow time to stop and play at the children’s playground in the park.

  

Newport – wetlands loop

Length: 2.4 miles

Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Wetlands car park, Newport

Description: A leisurely circular route around the Newport Wetlands with lovely views of the Severn Estuary. The wetlands are teeming with birdlife so get ready to spot different wildlife as you walk. You’ll also head along a stretch of the beautiful Wales Coast Path. This route is perfect for families, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

 

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Length: 2.5 miles

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Starting point: The war memorial, Bourton-on-the-Water

Description: This short family walk has something for everybody to enjoy in this picturesque Cotswold village. You’ll head along riverside paths, over bridges, past lakes, a nature reserve and interesting buildings. As long as the weather is dry, this route is buggy friendly.

 

Limehouse Basin, London

Length: 0.8 miles

Time: 30 minutes

Starting point: Limehouse DLR station

Description: A ride on the DLR is often a great adventure for kids, and when you arrive at Limehouse Basin you are spoiled with an array of boats to look at. Tell the grandchildren about this history of Limehouse Basin, which you can learn about on information boards around the basin. 

 

Keswick, Cumbria

Length: 2.3 miles

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Starting point: Keswick Youth Hostel

Description: Starting in the centre of popular Keswick, this short walk takes you up through Castlehead Wood, the perfect place for a woodland expedition, and on to a wonderful viewpoint over Derwentwater and the surrounding fells. The route then takes you down to the lakeshore and returns across Crow Park to the market square. 

 

Stanhope, County Durham

Length: 1 mile

Time: 30 minutes

Starting point: The Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope

Description: This short walk from the Durham Dales Centre along the beautiful banks of the River Wear is suitable for pushchairs. With an abundance of nature to look out for and plenty of boats floating along the river, there’s plenty to keep youngsters entertained. Look out for the stepping stones people use to cross the ford.

  

Osmotherley, North Yorkshire

Length: 1.9 miles

Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Osmotherley Youth Hostel

Description: A beautiful short walk up through woods from the youth hostel, then around the small but perfectly formed Cod Beck Reservoir, which includes a taster of all the different scenery you’ll find in the moors. There’s spectacular scenery for adults to enjoy, while youngsters will love the stepping stones, shallow stream and dark conifer forest. There’s the opportunity to carry on up the valley a little beyond the reservoir. Stop to have a close up look at the dam and chat about how this man made reservoir was created.

 

Eyam, Derbyshire

Length: 2.4 miles

Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Eyam Youth Hostel, Hawkhill Road, Eyam

Description: This walk through the historic village of Eyam gives the whole family the chance to learn about how the Black Death of 1665 affected the area. Look out for several plague cottages on Church Street. You’ll also visit the Delf Nature Reserve. 

 

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Length: 1.6 miles

Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Milton Keynes Youth Hostel

Description: A pleasant off-road walk from the youth hostel, through some woods – perfect for a spot of hide and seek – then alongside a stream and past the grounds of Bradwell Abbey. You could even take a detour to discover the concrete cows!

  

Weymouth, Dorset

Length: 1 mile

Time: 30 minutes

Starting point: Weymouth Library

Description: This walk takes you past Weymouth Marina, where you can look out for different types of boats – sailing boats, cruisers and fishing boats. You’ll cross Westham Bridge and Weymouth Town Bridge, which is a lifting bridge to allow boats to access the inner harbour.

 

Winchelsea and Rye, East Sussex

Length: 2 miles

Time: 1 hour

Starting point: Rye station

Description: This linear ramble takes you along the cycle route from Rye to Winchelsea, with views of marshland to the south and hillside to the north. Time it right and you can catch the train back when you reach Winchelsea, adding to the adventure of this walk. Look out for lots of wildlife along the way.

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