The Best Family Welly Walks Across the UK this Half Term

6th February 2018

Tired of staying indoors this half term? This time of year, the skies are permanently grey and ready to open, so rally the troops, don your raincoats and wellies, and get ready to embrace the showers that may come your way. These family welly walks, from our friends at holidaycottages.co.uk, are well worth it. Offering amazing views from start to finish, these are some of the best walks in the UK come rain or shine.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Instow Beach, Devon

Lining the estuary of the River Torridge, Instow is a vast sandy beach in North Devon, which enjoys views across to the pretty village of Appledore. Further afield is the local beauty spot, Crow Point. With your wellies at the ready, enjoy a trek along the sand, a paddle in the water and a climb up the towering sand dunes on the northern side. Dogs are also welcome to join in with the adventure between October and April.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Bewl Water, Kent

This vast reservoir in the heart of Kent is surrounded by wildlife-rich woodlands, perfect for getting some fresh air in your lungs. The walking trail around the water is 12.5 miles long, however it’s easy to do shorter sections and take a water taxi back to where you started. Bewl Water is also packed with half-term activities to try, including laser tag, pedalo rides and running wild in the two adventure playgrounds.

Find more details here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Burn O’ Vat, Cairngorms, Scotland

Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the Burn O’ Vat is an enormous water bowl carved out by nature, surrounded by towering rocks. The kids will love navigating between the large rocks and over bridges and stepping stones to reach this amazing water-carved pool. An adventure well worth getting muddy for!

Find the full walk here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Bolderwood, New Forest

With three gentle trails to follow through this scenic arboretum, you’re spoilt for choice with great woodland walks, all suitable for pushchairs too. Walk among the towering firs and redwoods and make sure to pay a visit to the Deer Reserve, where you can see herds of fallow deer being fed every lunchtime.

Find more details here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Ilam and Dovedale, Peak District

Starting at the pretty Ilam Park, this walk takes you through some of the Peak District’s famous limestone countryside to nearby Dovedale and its famous stepping stones. Passing through lush green fields and over a couple of hills, the views at Dovedale are well worth the walk. Perfect for a paddle in your wellies, you’ll have a great time passing over the stepping stones and stopping for a picnic.

Find the full walk here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Symonds Yat, Wye Valley

This walk from the Symonds Yat car park is handily waymarked with yellow signs and packed with adventure. First, you’ll scramble up a slope through Iron Age hillfort ruins to the Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint, where you can see one of the Wye Valley’s most iconic sights. Descend the steep steps to pass through a wooded valley, before a ferry helps you to cross the river, reaching Biblins campsite and the waterfalls and suspension bridge on the other side.

Find the full walk here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Tarn Hows, Lake District

One of the Lake District’s lesser-known beauty spots, Tarn Hows is a beautiful man-made lake surrounded by a trail that kids will love running wild on. Suitable for pushchairs, Tarn Hows offers a lovely circular walk around the water taking in views of the surrounding wooded hills along the way.

Find the full walk here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Wendover Woods, Bucks

Set in the heart of the Chilterns, Wendover Woods is packed with trails and things to do. Kids will love following the Highway Rat trail, meeting the characters from Julia Donaldson’s newest book. Amongst the acres of woodland there are five other easy trails, including one up to the Boddington Iron Age hillfort. The more adventurous can also play high up in the treetops with the Go Ape course on-site.

Find more details here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

High and Low Force, County Durham

Taking in two breath-taking waterfalls, this walk follows the course of the River Tees and may be slightly challenging for littler legs. Leaving from the Bowless Visitor Centre, the path takes you to the first of the two waterfalls, Low Force, through a nature reserve rich in plants and birdlife to High Force, the tallest waterfall in England.

Find the full walk here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Snowdonia

For an adventure-packed day out offering plenty of kids’ activities, the Coed y Brenin Forest Park has something for everyone. There are trails past waterfalls, amongst tall trees, through copper mines and with views out to the mountains, as well as orienteering and animal puzzle trails. There’s also an adventure playground where the kids can burn off some extra steam.

Find more details here.

The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term
The best family welly walks across the UK this half term

What have you and your family got planned this February half term?

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