Grandparents Day walking routes

We're encouraging families to spend some quality time together this Grandparents Day (1 October 2017) by going for a walk.

Not sure where to take the grandkids? We've teamed up with Grandparents Plus, thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, to offer some of our favourite family-friendly walking routes. 

To make them easy to enjoy, every route comes with a printable map and easy to follow step-by-step directions. These routes are free to view - simply register. And if you like these walks, there are over 2,000 more to discover - become a member and you'll have access to them all. 

Vanessa Griffiths, our chief executive said: "We are absolutely delighted that the players of People's Postcode Lottery have enabled us to work in partnership with Grandparents Plus. Not only is walking great exercise for grandparents and children alike, helping them to get fit and stay healthy, it's a wonderful way to spend some quality time together as a family.

"We've picked some of our best family-friendly Ramblers Routes to offer to families this Grandparents Day, and hope people will step out for a family friendly walking adventure. By taking their grandchildren out for a walk, grandparents will be helping children to discover the great outdoors and inspiring the next generation of walkers."

Luck Peake, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus said: "We're really excited to launch these intergenerational walking routes so that whether you've got young grandchildren or an older grandparent, everyone has the chance to get out and about this Grandparents Day. Research shows that grandparents and grandchildren get so much out of spending time together, especially when doing an activity that they both enjoy. We're really grateful to the Ramblers for bringing their expertise to the table, and to players of People's Postcode Lottery for making it possible."


Painswick Park © (Thomas Nugent) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Manchester - park life

Length: 2.6 miles
Time: 
1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy access
Starting point: Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre

 

This walk takes you through some of the parks and greenery in Manchester. As you walk through Painswick Park, look for the rare plants that grow there, including spotted orchids. You can also take a trip to the fishing pond and stop at the play area.  

 

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The Animal Park, Graves Park © (Martin Speck) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Sheffield – animal farm

Length: 2.6 miles
Time: 
1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy access
Starting point: Jordanthorpe Health Centre

 

This walk is perfect for the whole family, visiting the rare breeds farm Graves Park, a playground and a café. Look out for highland cattle, lakes teeming with birdlife, chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs and even a red deer. 

 

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The Millennium Mammoth by John Alton
 

Leicester – Rushey Mead to Watermead Country Park

Length: 2.4 miles
Time:
 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy
Starting point: 
Rushey Mead Recreation Centre

 

Head to Watermead Country Park on this pleasant circular walk. Now a local nature reserve, the country park boasts lakes full of wildlife and pretty views of the River Soar. Take a short detour to visit a Woolly Mammoth, built to commemorate the discovery of the remains of an ice age mammoth found when Watermead was a gravel quarry.  

 

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Cliftonwood and Cabot Tower, from the Marina. By - J O'Connell
 

Central Bristol - Spike Island and Dockside

Length: 2 miles
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Starting point: SS Great Britain

 

This waterfront stroll offers plenty to entertain grandchildren and grandparents alike. Heading along the dockside you’ll enjoy lovely views towards Cliftonwood and Clifton, before heading back along the New Cut. Stop to look at SS Great Britain, Aardman Animation Studios, Albion Dockyard and Underfall Yard.

 

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Rochester – Cossack Street

Length: 3 miles
Time:
 1 hour
Difficulty: 
Easy
Starting point: 
Rochester Library

 

This short walk through Rochester takes you past many of the town’s main landmarks, including the cathedral, castle, Guildhall Museum, Rochester Pier and Fort Clarence. Encourage youngsters to spot the landmarks and allow time to stop and play at the children’s playground in the park. 

 

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Newport wetlands
Newport Wetlands Reserve - Uskmouth © (Mick Lobb) / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Newport – wetlands loop

Length: : 2.4 miles
Time:
 1 hour
Difficulty: 
Easy access
Starting point: 
Wetlands car park, Newport


A leisurely circular route around the Newport Wetlands with lovely views of the Severn Estuary. The wetlands are teeming with birdlife so get ready to spot different wildlife as you walk. You’ll also head along a stretch of the beautiful Wales Coast Path. This route is perfect for families, pushchairs and wheelchairs. 


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River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water by C McKeown

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Length: 2.5 miles
Time: 
1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: The war memorial, Bourton-on-the-Water


This short family walk has something for everybody to enjoy in this picturesque Cotswold village. You’ll head along riverside paths, over bridges, past lakes, a nature reserve and interesting buildings. As long as the weather is dry, this route is buggy friendly. 

 

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limehouse basin
Limehouse Basin © (Gordon Joly)CC BY-SA 2.0

Limehouse Basin, London

Length: 0.8 miles
Time: 
30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy access
Starting point: Limehouse DLR station


A ride on the DLR is often a great adventure for kids, and when you arrive at Limehouse Basin you are spoiled with an array of boats to look at. Tell the grandchildren about this history of Limehouse Basin, which you can learn about on information boards around the basin. 

 

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Crow Park Photo © (Trevor Rickard) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Keswick, Cumbria

Length: 2.3 miles
Time:
 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: Keswick Youth Hostel


Starting in the centre of popular Keswick, this short walk takes you up through Castlehead Wood, the perfect place for a woodland expedition, and on to a wonderful viewpoint over Derwentwater and the surrounding fells. The route then takes you down to the lakeshore and returns across Crow Park to the market square. 

 

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The River Wear at Stanhope © (M J RichardsonCC BY-SA 2.0

Stanhope, County Durham

Length: 1 mile
Time:
 30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: The Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope


This short walk from the Durham Dales Centre along the beautiful banks of the River Wear is suitable for pushchairs. With an abundance of nature to look out for and plenty of boats floating along the river, there’s plenty to keep youngsters entertained. Look out for the stepping stones people use to cross the ford. 

 

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Reservoir Photo © (Gordon HattonCC BY-SA 2.0

Osmotherley, North Yorkshire

Length: 1.9 miles
Time:
 1 hour
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: Osmotherley Youth Hostel 

 

A beautiful short walk up through woods from the youth hostel, then around the small but perfectly formed Cod Beck Reservoir, which includes a taster of all the different scenery you’ll find in the moors. There’s spectacular scenery for adults to enjoy, while youngsters will love the stepping stones, shallow stream and dark conifer forest. There’s the opportunity to carry on up the valley a little beyond the reservoir. Stop to have a close up look at the dam and chat about how this man made reservoir was created.

 

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Water troughs dated 1588 by Kelvin Roberts

Eyam, Derbyshire

Length: 2.4 miles
Time:
 1 hour
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: Eyam Youth Hostel, Hawkhill Road, Eyam

 

This walk through the historic village of Eyam gives the whole family the chance to learn about how the Black Death of 1665 affected the area. Look out for several plague cottages on Church Street. You’ll also visit the Delf Nature Reserve.  

 

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Moo!!! © (Richard Gillin) CC BY-SA 2.0

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Length: 1.6 miles
Time:
 1 hour
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: Milton Keynes Youth Hostel

 

A pleasant off-road walk from the youth hostel, through some woods – perfect for a spot of hide and seek – then alongside a stream and past the grounds of Bradwell Abbey. You could even take a detour to discover the concrete cows! 

 

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Weymouth Marina and Harbour by Jackie Rogerson

Weymouth, Dorset

Length: 1 mile
Time:
 30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: Weymouth Library

 

This walk takes you past Weymouth Marina, where you can look out for different types of boats – sailing boats, cruisers and fishing boats. You’ll cross Westham Bridge and Weymouth Town Bridge, which is a lifting bridge to allow boats to access the inner harbour. 

 

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Rye Windmill at Dusk © (Stephen Nunney) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Winchelsea and Rye, East Sussex 

Length: 2 miles
Time:
 1 hour
Difficulty: 
Easy 
Starting point: Rye station

 

This linear ramble takes you along the cycle route from Rye to Winchelsea, with views of marshland to the south and hillside to the north. Time it right and you can catch the train back when you reach Winchelsea, adding to the adventure of this walk. Look out for lots of wildlife along the way. 

 

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