6 ideas of where you can go on pretty countryside walks in North England with your family. These walks can be enjoyed all year round, but are particularly amazing in spring/summer when can enjoy a picnic.
Isn’t walking amazing? Walking can boost your mind, body and soul (Graham Barker, psychologies.co.uk). Walking is a way you can appreciate the nature around you and explore your surroundings. Fresh air is healthy and getting outdoors is a great activity for you and your family. You can spend quality time with your loved ones, bond with your children and get some exercise. Walks with children give them the chance to explore their natural environment which inspires their imagination.
These walks are suitable for babies through to teenagers, enjoyable for the whole family. Most are pushchair friendly and all suitable public transport.
Chatsworth House offers lots of walking opportunities. You can buy a ticket for the gardens or take full of advantage of the free estate walks. Many people think they have to pay to enjoy chatsworth but this is not true, there are miles and miles of estate walks which you can explore completely free. See trails here. Stand wood is beautiful and a must to explore.
My favourite walk is this one and it is completely pushchair friendly, with accessible paths the whole way, suitable for new walkers. There’s much to see on the way, bridges, hunting tower with amazing views (you can stop here for a picnic), lakes and muddy corners. Lots to explore and an exciting walk.
Pushchair friendly: yes
Walking shoes: no
Public transport and parking: bus 218 Sheffield to Bakewell stops in Chataworth car park, there is a car park with charge.
Longshaw estate is one of the best places for a day outdoors with kids. Now my son is walking, it’s perfect for him to toddle around as there are flat paths. It has a lot to offer and with being a national trust site you can be reassured with good facilities like toilets and cafe. Walking trails are sign posted and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Gorgeous views, nature trails and a duck pond!
Walk through longshaw estate and head down into padley gorge. This the best spot for a picnic in summer. Kids can sit by the stream and play in the rocks, paddle and the views are spectacular.
The surroundings at padley gorge make it feel like a hidden gem! It feels secluded and quiet.
Pushchair friendly: Yes for Longshaw, padley gorge has a steep rocky incline down to the stream; many people manage just carrying the pushchair down. Or use a baby carrier.
Waking footwear: not needed for the gentle walks but recommend wellies for padley gorge
Parking and public transport: Bus 271 from Sheffield to Castleton and 65 Sheffield to Buxton stop are Fox house just across the road from Longshaw. Parking costs or free for NT members and in pub car parks.
3. Lodge moor
Lodge moor in Fulwood, west Sheffield is home to redmires reservoir and wyming brook. One of my favourite walks to do starts from the car park of three merry lads pub. Head left over cliffs with views to redmires reservoir, down into wyming brook stream and climb back up to lodge moor scrambling through rocks and boulders. This is a walk I often do. The walks around here have no clear path and are rocky. This would be tricky for little feet and not suitable for pushchairs. If doing this walk please wear good footwear and use a baby carrier.
This walk has it all: woods, streams, high up views, stepping stones, boulders, rock climbing, open land and exquisite views. Free parking at three merry lads lads pub, easy to get to by Sheffield bus 51 and a halfway break point with benches for picnic.
Tip: go in spring and autumn to get the most of out the colours.
Pushchair friendly: no
Public transport and parking: Sheffield bus 51 terminates in Lodge moor, there are free car parks for pubs.
Walking shoes: yes
4. Suprise view & Bolehill quarry
Surprise view in grindleford is a fantastic starting point for walks and has spectacular, dramatic landscapes. A car park and bus stop means you can get there easily and explore.
There’s many options. Simply look around and enjoy the view point at surprise view. Or head up to mother cap, scramble on boulders and stop for a picnic whilst admiring beautiful surroundings. There’s the option of walking down into bolehill quarry for a mysterious walk in fairytale surroundings which I recommend!
Surprise view is somewhere everyone should have the opportunity of seeing and it’s very acessible! You can make a day out of it by walking, or just enjoying a picnic. Nearby is the historic village of Hathersage with pubs, cafes and shops.
Pushchair friendly: There is a wheelchair accessible path from the car park to the viewpoint, but the surrounding walks are not suitable for these.
Walking shoes: yes
Public transport and parking: Bus 272 from Sheffield to cCslteton stops at surprise view, paid parking at Suprise View car park
Two great options for walks. Learn all about the sunken village and visit the dambusters museum. These walks are set in pretty surroundings with reservoir views and woodlands. There’s cycle hire at Fairholmes and a flat, pushchair friendly trails.
You can head off the beaten track from Upper Derwent and walk to Bamford. Bamford Mill is a hidden gem and is a beautiful, quiet haven. You can picnic here whilst sitting with the ducks and admire the flowers.
Pushchair friendly: Ladybower & Derwent offer many pushchair friendly trails, if walking to Bamford mill this is not accessible with a buggy.
Walking shoes: Yes if walking to Bamford and Hope
Public transport and parking: Bus 274 Sheffield to Castleton stop by on Yorkshire bridge, train station at Bamford. Parking is available at a charge at Fairholmes (Ladybower) or in the village of Bamford.
We were at the Tissington trail last autumn and can say it’s a delight for family walks. This old railway line is completely flat and accessible for bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs. 13 miles long from Ashbourne to Parsley hay. There’s so many walks you can do on this trail with places to stop along the way for refreshments, photographs and facilities.
Pushchair friendly: yes
Walking shoes: not needed but handy
Public transport and parking: you can access the start of the trail from Ashbourne town via public transport. There are bus links to Matlock, Derby, Belper and Buxton from Ashbourne. There are numerous car parks on the trail.
When was the last time you went on a walk? Do you have anywhere to recommend?
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