Looking for family walks in South Yorkshire and surrounding areas? How about walks with playgrounds?! Here’s a collection of places that you can go walking and enjoy outdoor place which also feature a children’s playground. My inspiration for this blog post was simple: it’s what we need! We love walks and being outdoors, Eric loves to explore and play in nature, but he really enjoys playgrounds, too. If we can go on a day out somewhere that has good walks but has the option of a playground, it’s win-win!
There are so many walking opportunities in and around Hathersage in the Peak District. A walk from Hathersage to Longshaw Estate through Bolehill Quarry and Padley Gorge is beautiful, and Hathersage is home to a wonderful playground hidden away behind the Hathersage Outdoor Pool. See the playground here. This play ground is suitable for all ages, is home to a wonderful wooden train, picnic areas and has lovely views.
2. Bolton Abbey.
Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire is a great option for an outdoors day out with the family. The welly walk is a popular one for those with kids. There’s so many more options for walks with over 30,000 acres of space including trails in the woods or a riverside stroll. Options for playgrounds in the area are aplenty, such as Hesketh farm park or Billy Bob’s Parlour and play barn.
3. Anglers Country Park, Wakefield.
This country park in Wakefield features an adventure trail inspired from Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom books and is free to enjoy. The walk is around 2 miles around the water and along the way are many characters from the books to find, rubbings and more. At the visitors centre, there is a cafe and good playground are which you could enjoy before or after the walk. The park and trail are free, read my review here and watch a trail tour.
4. Monsal Trail.
A traffic-free route of 8.5 miles of walking, from Blackwell Mill to Bakewell. An easy walk to take on this trail is from Hassop station cafe, which has an outdoor playground. It is roughly 1.5 miles from the cafe playground to Bakewell, where there is another great playground: read about that here!
5. Worsborough mill and country park, Barnsley.
Both the country park and museum in Worsborough are free to enjoy and it’s a really lovely place for a day out. There are short walks around the reservoir which are way marked trails on signs around the park. The museum is free and there is a playground just next to the cafe. Read my review here & see a video.
Rivelin Valley Park has a nature and heritage trail and is just on the edge of the Peak District with walking opportunities of all different lengths. The park has a splash zone, large playground and cafe. There are 20 watermills and 21 mill dams to find on the heritage trail and the nature trail is home to a variety of wildlife. The walks are not way marked but can be started from just behind the playground area or by the river. Find more info here.
7. Chatsworth House.
A lovely walk to do at Chatsworth is a pushchair friendly walk in Stand Wood. Start from the gate just next to the farmyard which takes you into stand wood, where you can start the walk. On the walk there is a dell, hunting tower and waterfalls. The walk is mostly on flat surface suitable for prams and no ticket for Chatsworth is needed to enjoy this walk. There are fantastic playground options in the farmyard and adventure playground, though, just next to the gate where the walk starts: tickets for this start at £6 adults including parking. Read my review of the farmyard and adventure playgrounds here.
8. Roundhay Park, Leeds.
Roundhay is one of the largest parks in Europe and it is free to visit. There are lots of walks to choose from like a parkland walk, formal garden walk, lake view walk, upper lake walk and more. An informative coloured coded map can be found here. There are a variety of playgrounds in the park, castle ruins, cafe, land train and more. See what we got up to at Roundhay Park in this blog here.
9. RSPB Old Moor.
In Barnsley at RSPB Dearne Valley old moor there’s more than enough wildlife to spot, a “go wild” children’s playgrounds, walks, a cafe and cycling opportunities. All paths are accessible around the reservoir and two easy-going nature trail are way marked around Old Moor.
10. Porter Valley and Forge Dam, Sheffield.
A porter valley walk connects you from Forge Dam Park where there is a good playground and cafe, up to Ringinglow where Mayfield Alpaca Zoo is. This is roughly 3 miles, but an easy way to enjoy this walk would be to see where you end up! A map that shows this trail is here. You could go as far or as little as you like before turning back to Forge Dam. Another walk is Forge Dam to Endcliffe Park, approximately 2 miles, with cafes and playgrounds at each side; read the blog about that walk here.
11. Matlock Bath and Derwent Valley.
Matlock Bath is a beautiful place for walks, an easy and picturesque option suitable for pushchairs would be to enjoy a Lover’s Walk along the riverside, you’ll be able to see amazing scenery, boating lake, riverside gardens and playgrounds. When we did this walk, we found 2 playgrounds; one which had a sandpit. Read about that here. For a more strenuous walk, the Derwent Valley is over 50 miles long, so take your pick from the walks which start at Matlock Bath!
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to an historic mill, canal walks and is surrounded by parks and walking opportunities. Try this 1 and 1/2 mile circular walk at Saltaire, find a map for that here. Playgrounds can be found at Shipley or Roberts Park on the walk.
Cusworth is free to visit in Doncaster and has been called the “jewel in Doncaster’s crown”. The Hall is set on historic parklands with nature trails, plantations and a museum in grade I listed building. A tree trail, nature trail and history trail maps can be found online here. For kids there are two play areas and a playing field. There is a cafe on site.
14. Carsington water.
Carsington Water is a reservoir in the Peak District, with visitors centre, shopping, leisure centre and water sports, walks, wildlife centre, adventure playgrounds and more. A great map with all the walks at Carsington can be found here. There is so much to do at Carsington with walks suitable for all, bikes are available to hire, too. The adventure playground boasts a pirate ship and is free, located next to the visitors centre.
There we have it!
14 great family walks with playgrounds, I can’t wait to do them all… what about you?
Need a few more options? A walk at Lodge Moor is lovely and there’s a playground in the beer garden at Three Merry Lads, Norfolk Heritage Park in Sheffield has a little sculpture and bird trail, Damflask Reservoir is a lovely place for a day out in the north of Sheffield and nearby playgrounds in Low Bradfield village. Do you have any you would like to recommend? Comment down below and let me know!
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