Now the weather's heating up, what better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than going on a nice scenic countryside walk around your local green spots?
If you’ve got children, don’t worry too much about them getting bored along the way. Take some outdoor equipment like bikes or footballs so they can entertain themselves. Things like feeding the ducks and stopping for a picnic are great ways to get children involved with the outdoors and learn more about nature. The best part about all these walks is that they’re completely free and fantastic for a day out.
Newmillerdam Country Park - Wakefield
Newmillerdam Country Park is around 3.5 miles from Wakefield city centre, and features a lake, country paths and woodland. The lakeside path is 1.5 miles, but if you fancy a trek that lasts a few hours, follow the old Chevet Branch railway line for an extended countryside walk.
Malham Tarn Estate - Yorkshire Dales
If you’re after a popular walking spot with great views across the surrounding rolling countryside, Malham Tarn Estate is the place to visit. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, the area offers lots to do, and you can visit the impressive Malham Cove waterfall on the outskirts of the village. Head to the National Trust website to find out more about some of the sites ready-made walking routes.
Abbey Road Wood Sculptures - Knaresborough
Stay at one with nature with a woodland walk starting from Knaresborough. The three-mile stroll features a host of quirky shops and woodland playgrounds along the way, so the route is ideal for children and adults alike. A mile in, you’ll come across some beautiful wood carvings, designed by wood sculptor Tommy Craggs. The route will then lead you back in to the town centre, ending at Knaresborough Castle – another great point of interest to explore.
Harrogate Woodland and Parks
If you live near Harrogate, and are looking for an easy-going walk in the area, visit the wood and parklands of Harrogate for a two-hour walk that the whole family will enjoy. Starting at Harrogate Pump Rooms, the route starts with an easy uphill walk, and returns through the picturesque Valley Gardens – a great spot to lay down a blanket and stop for lunch.
Trans Pennine Trail
The Trans Pennine trail is ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding, and spans over 370 miles. There are varying short and long routes starting at different towns and cities between Southport and Hornsea. The route is geared up for both beginners’, intermediate and advance walkers, and there are child-friendly routes too. Check out the website to find out about the Trans Pennine treasure hunts that have been created specifically for children.