If you like going on days out as a family, going a little further afield could be just the thing for you. The great British countryside is so inviting at this time of the year (even with a few spits and spots of rain to contend with) that it seems a shame not to make the most of it.
There are all kinds of walks you can do whether you plan to stay away from home at a venue like Blaze Farm in Macclesfield or you would prefer to get back that evening. The North West has some spectacular scenery to enjoy and plenty of hills and lakes to wander around too!
Ramsbottom is a Victorian town just nestled in the Pennines, north of Manchester. Though the weather is typically British and it drizzles a lot of the time, when the sun comes out the scenery really is beautiful and the views go on for miles.
Head up to Peel Tower at the top of Holcombe Hill and if the flag is flying, go up the tower to get some really spectacular views. From here, you can see Beetham Tower on a clear day and across to the wind turbines on Scout Moor (another lovely area for a walk). Then you can walk back down into the town for some good pub grub, a look at the train station and a browse in the various antique shops.
Go to the Lakes
The Lake District is well known for walkers and Wainwright has set a good example with all the walks he mapped. There are plenty of different walks from short walks over the flats around the lakes to more challenging walks up to the top of the mountains and down again. Whatever you fancy, make sure you stay in a cosy B&B and find decent pub food to recover in the evening!
This is also a good place to test yourself ahead of choosing from tougher Charity Challenges. Build your stamina and fitness up by gradually working through as many of the walks you can and then take on the biggie: Scafell Pike. Conquer that and you could aim for the 3 Peak Challenge next!
Explore the Moors
Pendle is just a little closer to home and the moors are full of drama and intrigue. The Bronte walk is a great opportunity to capture some of the atmosphere of the books and discover a different landscape each time you walk. Moors are fabulous for changing in the seasons and the weather so this is a walk you can do over and over again.
The more you get used to going on walks together, the more you will be able to manage together. While your kids are growing up this is a good way to get into healthy habits and enjoy a bit of time away from the pressures of life. Try all kinds of different routes and travel around the UK on weekend trips to make the most of what is on offer.
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