6 of the best country walks for the whole family

We’re always trying to think of ways to get active as a family, and sometimes all you need is a good tip-off about where to go.

Whether it’s on a beach, hidden in depths of a forest, or on a scenic hillside, outdoor fun is to be found everywhere.

The British countryside offers endless opportunities for family walks in settings that will have your kids’ imaginations running wild. With the help of Parkdean Holiday Parks, we’ve compiled a list of 6 of the best where you and the family can get a relaxing break from the busy hubbub of modern life.


1. Old Harry Rocks walk (Dorset, England)

The Old Harry Rocks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, their stark white chalk cliffs offer awe-inspiring views accessible to those venturing along the trail that surrounds them. On a clear day, see if the kids can catch a glimpse of the Isle of Wight. With Wareham Forest and Bournemouth beach close by, there’s plenty of wildlife spotting to be done or the kids can spend the day on the beach. The walk itself is surprisingly easy, though for peace of mind those with younger children might want to stick to the paths a bit further inland, especially on the windier days!

Parkdean Holiday Park: Sandford – prices start from £269 for a seven-night break in a two-bedroom caravan (sleeping up to four). Short breaks are also available.

2. Looe to Polperro walk (Cornwall, England)

The rolling Cornish countryside acts as a backdrop to this splendid trail between two coastal towns. The walk will take you past a magnificent 16th century monastery, and the kids will love exploring the numerous beaches and rock pools along the way. Not to mention
the shipwrecks and wildlife (with enough bird species to excite even the keenest of birdwatchers) that are sure to fascinate old and young alike! The cobbled streets, shops and cafés of the charming East Looe fishing town will be ready to accommodate you on your return. Oh, and be sure to check out the world famous Eden Project while in the area – a huge hit with kiddiwinks!

Parkdean Holiday Park: Looe Bay – prices start from £99 for a three-night break in a two-bedroom caravan (sleeping up to four). Seven night holidays are also available.

3. Allean Forest and Loch Tummel walk (Perthshire, Scotland)

Walks in the Tummel Valley hold excitement for all ages. Give your kids the chance to gaze in wonder at the wild Scottish deer that roam the area. If you’re feeling inquisitive, Gorge Killiecrankie and Blair Athol Castle both offer chances for delve into the region’s colourful history, with tales of historical battles that are sure to capture the kids’ imaginations as well as your own interest. The walk will take you up through the beautiful Allean Forest, home to the now rare red squirrel, to a vantage point offering stunning views over the Loch Tummel. The nearby towns of Pitlochry and Kenmore offer ample opportunity to wind-down after a long day of walking, as well as offering a selection of souvenirs which the kids will love taking home to show their friends.

Parkdean Holiday Park: Tummel Valley – prices start from £249 for a three-night break in a two-bedroom lodge (sleeping up to four). Seven night holidays are also available.

4. Coast in Conflict / North Devon walk (Devon, England)

Looking for a sample of fresh coastal air? Take in the views that have drawn holidaymakers from across the country for hundreds of years at Croyde Bay. Traditional English pubs and quaint thatched roof cottages come in handy for delicious mid-walk meals and much-needed refreshments. The shoreline of North Devon is home to creatures that will fascinate the kids, like crabs and seals, and just wait until they find out about the adventures of smugglers who operated in the area in times long since passed. Best holiday ever? We think so.

Parkdean Holiday Park: Ruda – prices start from £339 for a seven-night break in a three-bedroom caravan (sleeping up to eight). Shorter breaks are also available.

5. Nothe Gardens and Rodwell Trail walk (Dorset, England)

Stumble across historical forts, castles, and old, disused railway lines while walking in the Nothe Gardens and along the Rodwell trail. The area is home to roe deer that kids will be delighted to meet, while the diversity of animal habitats in general provide plenty of opportunities for grown-up wildlife enthusiasts too. The walk ends with you coming full-circle and finishing where you started out, in the historical market town of Dorchester, where you and the little ones will have a chance to put your feet up after walking the best part of a hefty five miles!

Parkdean Holiday Park: Warmwell – prices start from £219 for a three-night break in a one-bedroom lodge (sleeping up to four). Seven night holidays are also available.

6. All Wales Coastal Path / Porthcawl walk (Porthcawl, Wales)

As the world’s first uninterrupted route around a whole national coastline, this walk guarantees you breathtaking views. A combination of cliffs, hills, woodlands and beaches allow you to take in a different picture-perfect scene around every turn of the path. The walk is long enough to give your family a valuable chunk of exercise, give the kids enough time to let their imaginations run wild and ensure a good night’s sleep at the end of the day (thank goodness!). Set out early enough and you can return to relax on a luxurious Blue Flag beach and explore the charming and family-friendly town of Porthcawl.

Parkdean Holiday Park: Trecco Bay – prices start from £149 for a three-night break in a two-bedroom caravan (sleeping up to six). Seven night holidays are also available.