If you’re a family who loves walking and the great outdoors, you may be looking for some good options for longer walks; walks that mean a day out, a possibility of a picnic, and a hopefully a pub or cafe somewhere along the way. You want more of a family hike than a potter, but something achievable for your adventurous children. Here are my suggestions for some GREAT family walks- all within a 90 minute drive of Leeds.
Langsett Reservoir, Barnsley
My favourite reservoir without question. Glorious woodland, some great moorland and easy navigation … it really is the perfect introduction to family hikes… without the distance. Highly, highly recommend.
Distance: 3 miles
Good for: A great introduction to family hikes for little walkers. I really don’t think anyone could be disappointed with a visit.
Whilst many walking fans head to Simon’s Seat in this area for a walk, the climb up to Hare’s Head is much more manageable for children and rewards you with some fantastic views!
Distance: 7 miles
Good for: Great moorland views, enjoying the ever-gorgeous Bolton Abbey, teaching children to navigate using a map, and a one if you want ‘a bit of everything’. If you want a bit of distance this one is top of my list.
Oooooh ok, this might not be a ‘big’ walk but I HAD to put it in because I just love this walk so much! Starting at the Waterton Visitor’s Centre (yep, the one where you start the Room on the Broom Trail). You get woodlands, fields, and even a glimpse of a reservoir!
Distance: 3 miles
Good for: Seeing a bit of woodland, a reservoir and finishing at a play area!
I’m classing this as a ‘big walk’ because you get a ‘big hill’ without a ‘big distance’. Instead of the usual full circular route from Castleton, how about the smaller 3 mile circuit from the National Trust Mam nick car park?
Distance: 3 miles (or 6.5 miles if you wanted a longer circuit from Castleton)
Good for: Views, views and views. And getting children to enjoy the achievement of climbing to the top of something big!