Walking With Children

Have a mini adventure, enjoy some time with the family and get fitter, all through walking. Get out and about with your children and discover parts of your local area you haven’t seen before. Walking is a great way to travel. Making it part of a child’s routine can influence their walking habits in later life, making for a healthier, more active lifestyle. The government recommend that children should do at least 60 minutes exercise per day to stay healthy.

A great way to get children walking on a regular basis is to make it part of your daily routine. If you can, leave the car behind and walk to school. This will give you a refreshing start to your day, save you money and avoid the traffic and parking problems often experienced with driving. It could even make your child more alert and better able to learn in the classroom! The government recommend that children up to 8 years old should be able to walk up to 2 miles to school, while those over 8 can walk up to 3 miles.

For longer walks, plan things along the way to keep children interested, like a picnic or going to a park. Make sure the walk is the right length and level of difficulty for their abilities.

Walking with very young children may require a pram or buggie. To ensure an enjoyable walk, it’s helpful to find out in advance whether the route you are taking will be accessible.

Walks With Buggies has lots of routes that have been rated as suitable for parents with buggies and young children. You can search the database for walks in Somerset and across the UK that are accessible by buggy. The database holds over 300 walks and is updated every day.

Pushchair Walks lists a collection of around 200 tried and tested walks for all the family, including many in the South West. They’ve been tried and tested and make the most of the great outdoors without having to negotiate stiles and kissing gates.

Cycle paths also make useful routes for pushchairs and wheelchairs users, as they are usually smoothly surfaced.