Families can enjoy walking together and a walking holiday will create amazing memories for decades to come. The key is to choose a trip that is suitable for your family.
So, with this in mind we take a look at 7 great walking holiday options for families.
7 of the best family walking holidays
1. Best of Hadrian’s Wall
There are different options for how much of the famous England-Scotland dividing wall that you would like to walk. Choose a short break or walk the wall from England’s east coast to west coast over five to 11 days. If you prefer, you could walk a section of the wall on one walking holiday and then return another time to do more. Hadrian’s Wall offers the chance to give your kids a history lesson about the Romans as you walk (this makes history real and interesting) and although you will sometimes be walking in wild and fairly remote places you’ll always have comfortable accommodation to enjoy each evening. The walk start and finish are easily accessible via public transport if your family prefers to avoid car journeys. A train trip to your walking holiday is all part of the wider adventure. See Hadrian’s Wall Walking holidays
2. Best of Pembrokeshire
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path will take most people around two weeks to walk almost 200 miles on the Welsh coastline. But you could choose, instead, to walk the “best of” the path over six days. This is a great choice for families with lots to see and do as you walk. Think fabulous wildlife, flower-filled fields, quaint fishing villages, high Atlantic cliffs, superb beaches, oh, and a few ice creams, too. See Best of Pembrokeshire
3. The Channel Islands
An island adventure is always going to be a winner with families and the Channel Islands are a real treat. A week of short walks (never more than eight miles) and with a day off for exploring, too, means the holiday is not all about walking. You’ll visit three islands,: Jersey, Guernsey and Sark, and see a host of great attractions, including the fascinating Jersey War Tunnels. See The Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey and Sark
4. Scottish Highlands
Mix a bit of walking – but no car – with other highlight attractions in Scotland such as a day out on the Hogwarts Express steam train, boat trips to remote islands, wildlife watching, whisky distilleries (for mum and dad!) and canoeing on Loch Ness.
5 Lake Como Trails
Easy day walks and Italy’s family friendly welcome make a holiday close to Lake Como a great choice. See Lake Como Trails
6 Highland Rail & Hikes
Combine great train journeys in Scotland with highlight family friendly attraction such as the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Isle of Skye. On this trip you’ll ride the iconic West Highland Line on the Jacobite steam train, the Hogwarts Express, as well as the as North Highland Line, one of Britain’s most remote and spectacular rail journeys, between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh, known as the gateway to Skye. Oh, and there are plenty of walking options, too. See Highland Rail and Hike
7 More drive and hike trips
There are plenty of other ideas for drive and hike holidays, which are brilliant for families because there are plenty of options of how much walking you want to do. How about the Italian Lakes, the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, America, Iceland or Ireland?
9 things to consider when thinking about a family walking holiday
1. How old and fit your children are.
2. How fit you are.
3. How far you all like to walk in a day. Be realistic not optimistic!
4. What there is to see while walking, such as historical, geological, tourism attractions.
5. What inspires your children to walk?
6. Are you a great travelling family? If so, how far you want to travel to your walking trip?
7. Are there non-walking options on your walking holiday?
8. Is a short break better than a longer break for your first walking holiday?
9. Is the sunshine important or can you cope with a bit of changeable weather?