There is nothing better than getting out for a big family walk. However sometimes it's hard to please those with little legs and short attention spans. We have collated a list of some of the best family walks that both grown ups, children and even our four legged friends will love.
Temple Newsam Estate has loads of different walks and woodland to explore that can keep the whole family entertained. Start the walk from the house gives you gorgeous views of what’s to come! Walking in an anti-clockwise direction means the uphills are on smoother paths nearer the house. Pass by the entrance to join the tree lined avenue to start the walk. When the path forks, take the left path (Bridleway) to start the circular route. Following the route takes you on a quiet path to the back of Lakes, and you can follow this back to the popular Rhododendron walk up to the house and cut through the farm to the playground where the kids can have a well deserved play. There are so many variations of this route and new places to explore in this fabulous estate!
This 19th century folly is a gem of a place for exploration, and as a bonus less than a kilometre from Swinton Bivouac. If you’re in the area it’s a lovely place for a stop and wander. The short walk to the temple is on a well signposted footpath. For a bit of a longer walk the woods have other trails that can be followed- just pick up a leaflet at the start or let your legs find you a way! Once you find yourself at the temple you'll be blown away. Kid's however will be quick to start a game of hide and seek in this magical formation of stones.
Find the Gruffalo on the Leeds Canal
Woodlesford Lock is a fantastic place to visit with children. There’s about a mile between the lock and the next one towards the City Centre (Fishpond Lock), and here you can cross the canal to return on the other side. You can ramp up the excitement by getting the train to Woodlesford Train Station (just 12 minutes by train from Leeds) and the canal is just a few hundred metres down the hill.
Locally known as the greatest view in England, Sutton Bank is a brilliant place to go for a family walk and blow away those cobwebs! For those with little legs the best place to start is the Sutton Bank Visitor Center and heading straight for the famous viewpoint which certainly live up to its hype. After that head along the ridge of Sutton Bank. There are lots of benches along the path to pause and enjoy the views, or have a bite to eat! Just be aware that after leaving the shelter of the trees it can get rather blustery so make sure that you wrap up warm. You’ll pass a path branching off to the right, heading down the bank leading through woodland to come our at the car park below the White Horse. Climb the steps to the right of the horse to take you to the top of the ridge again, and complete the circuit by heading back along the ridge, where you’ll soon meet the path you started on.
This is a great park with a number of short walks that would suit younger children and has masses of wildflowers to enjoy. There are a number of routes that can be followed by coloured markers, including a path up to a viewpoint. There were toilets at the visitor center and benches around the park. All the paths are brilliant for walking, some are steep in places but they're all good for buggies, bikes and scooters. A good route (from the many signposted) is the one along the perimeter which is around 4km and takes you to a wonderful viewpoint.