May is National Walking Month, which means it’s a great time to get out and about with the children and explore. We’re so lucky to be located in a beautiful part of the country where there are many lovely walks on our doorstep so we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you.
Ledborough Woods and the fields at the bottom of Ledborough Lane are local and feel like you’re really in the countryside within minutes of walking. The woods are a great place for children to let off steam as they’re rarely busy and there are some lovely views across the fields.
Hogback Woods, also in Beaconsfield, are also great for den building and hide-and-seek. They have the added benefit of being near The Royal Standard Pub, for a pit-stop and a re-charge!
There are several National Trust properties locally that offer some great (and easy) walking for families, with the added benefit of cafes, toilets, parking and children’s play areas. Cliveden and Hughenden are both within an easy drive of Beaconsfield and the Bluebell Walk at Ashridge is gorgeous.
Walking with small children can pose some challenges, so we recommend ensuring you have some snacks and water with you, to keep little legs going. Turning your walk into a nature trail or scavenger hunt, or creating an imaginary story can also help keep children interested.
The National Walking Month website has some great tips:
And this website includes some advice for how to make walking fun for all ages, as well as ideas of local places to enjoy:
If a pub is an important feature of your walks, then you might enjoy some of these ideas:
The important things is to get outside and get moving – enjoy your walks!