Family Friendly Walks and Trails

One of the best bits about walking is that it’s free, low impact exercise suitable for all the family. We have been searching for the best family friendly walks around Buckinghamshire. 

If you know of any other walks that you would like to share with other families then please email us at familyinfo@buckscc.gov.uk

Please note: This is not a definitive list, we are not responsible for the content of external websites.  Please check the websites before leaving to ensure the walk is suitable.

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Children can get bored easily and may need a bit of encouragement to keep going. Here are some ideas on how to make walking with kids fun:

  • Find an exciting destination for them like a park, a playground, woods or a lake where they can run around freely and explore.
  • Choose an interesting route not just a straight one.
  • Take a camera and let them help to take photographs of your journey. You can then make a scrapbook of your journey when you arrive home.
  • Have a scavenger hunt. Challenge children to find different trees, flowers and animals, pine cone, feathers, acorns, the list is endless.  Why not create a list before you leave then they can tick them off as they find the items.  Don't forget to take a bag to carry all of their treasures.
  • Invite a friend along to share the fun.
  • Let the kids play freely, kicking leaves and jumping in puddles.
  • Take some paper and crayons and let them do some bark and leaf rubbings.
  • Write their name in sticks and twigs on the floor
  • Let them climb trees (ensure tree is safe and supervise at all times)
  • If you are walking in the woods why not have a game of hide and seek among the trees.
  • If you are walking by a stream have a game of Pooh sticks.  See who's stick will reach the other side of the bridge first.
  • Between June and October you may find blackberries on your walk.  Take a bag and pick some to take home.
  • Go on a bug hunt.
  • Track wild animals, see if you can find footprints in the ground.  Follow them to see if you can find who left them.

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There is always lots to remember when going anywhere with children.  So to help you we've put together a list of our top tips for walking with kids.

  1. Make sure you wear suitable footwear. If walking in the woods take walking boots or wellies, even in the summer the woodland floor can be muddy.

  2. Always pack a rain coat just in case! In the summer wear clothing that has a UV protection rating and always wear a hat!

  3. If you are walking with a baby, you will need to carry them. Toddlers who can walk themselves will get tired quickly, so make sure you bring a pushchair if you are going for a long walk.

  4. Pushchairs are a great option for short and local walks as children can hop out and walk when they want to, or get a ride if they're feeling tired. Check the paths are pushchair friendly.

  5. Lots of walks have way-marked paths and routes you can follow, be sure to stay on the paths to avoid damaging important wildlife habitats.

  6. Take a bottle of water and some snacks to keep you going. Drink small amounts frequently and don’t leave it until you’re really thirsty to have a drink; by then you may already be dehydrated. Remember to pick up after yourself and don't leave litter.

  7. Pack a basic first aid kit with plasters for blisters, anti-histamine and sun cream.

  8. If you have to go through a field of cattle, remember; don’t panic and don’t run, but walk calmly and quietly through the field staying away from the herd. Close all gates behind you.

  9. If you spot a horse on a bridleway, remember not to get too close to the animal. Don’t shout or run in case you startle the horse.

  10. When you're walking at night wear reflective clothing and carry a torch.

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There are lots of Useful links and Apps that can encourage older children out and about, why not take a look and give them a go.

Pokemon Go - Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings.

Zombies, Run! - Run in the Real World. Become a Hero in Another. Only a few have survived the zombie epidemic. You are a Runner en-route to one of humanity’s last remaining outposts. They need your help to gather supplies, rescue survivors, and defend their home. And you have another mission — one they don’t know about.

Map my Walk - Know where you're going, see where you've been. We have over 70 million routes to chose from - or be bold and create your own.

Walk4Life - Here you can draw the routes of walks that you enjoy and that would like to share with others. Use the plotting tools inside the map to show where the walk goes. Help is at hand with a useful video and instructions to get you started.

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Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting an challenging sport.  It exercises your mind and body. Orienteering is suitable for old or young and you can go at your own pace.  Below is a list of links to some of the orienteering courses in Buckinghamshire:

Black Park £2 per pack available online

Langley Park £1.50 per pack, available online

Wendover Woods - maps are available from the Café in the Woods

Woodrow High House - See website for details

YouTube Video

Introduction to Orienteering - check out this short YouTube video.

Local Clubs

Thames Valley Orienteering Club

Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:

  1. Register for a free Basic Membership.
  2. Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page.
  3. Enter your postal code and click "search."
  4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
  6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
  7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

YouTube Video

Geocaching is great fun take a look at this short You Tube Video which explains all about it.

Register Online

Register for free at the Official Geocaching Website

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Christmas Common

This walk is perfect for those seeking a more challenging woodland walk away from the crowds and not phased by a few slopes!

  • Starting Point: Christmas Common village. Parking at the side of the road opposite the pub or around the corner on Holloway Lane.

  • Accessibility: This is one of the more challenging walks as the route with up and downhill slopes. However the slopes are long and gentle, with the exception of one short but steep section

  • Facilities: The Fox and Hounds pub, Christmas Common.

  • Distance: 3 miles (allow 2 hours)

Easy Access Hilltop Trail at Wendover Woods

Sculptures, deciduous trees, evergreen trees and many woodland flowers make this a varied walk, completed by a fantastic view across the wood and Chiltern farmland. 

  • Starting Point: Wendover Woods Cafe
  • Accessibility: This short, surfaced trail has easy access and is suitable for those wanting a short, level walk taking in different parts of the woodland. It can be used with wheelchairs and buggies.
  • Facilities: Cafe
  • Distance: 1 mile

Firecrest Trail at Wendover Wood

In the areas of Norway Spruce you may be lucky enough to see the elusive Firecrest bird. It is an migrant to this country and can only be seen during its breeding season, between April and August.

  • Starting Point: Starting in the main parking area
  • Accessibility: Trail is graded as easy
  • Facilities: Cafe
  • Distance: 2.8 miles

Hill Fort Trail at Wendover Woods

Follow this mixed trail of surfaced and unsurfaced woodland paths around the Iron Age Boddington Hillfort. It is relatively level and take in views across the  Vale.

  • Starting Point: Starting in the main parking area
  • Accessibility: Trail is graded as easy
  • Facilities: Cafe, there is also a bench so you can admire views over the Vale Of Aylesbury and the Chiltern Hills
  • Distance: 0.6 miles


Lakeside Walk at Stowe

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the lakes at Stowe, looking at beautiful temples, spotting wildlife and enjoying views as you walk along.

  • Starting Point: New Inn Farm, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EQ
  • Accessibility: Recently upgraded paths through the wooded area allow pushchair and wheelchair access, and children will love exploring the temples and pebble alcove along the way.
  • Facilities: There is a cafe on the grounds of Stowe House
  • Distance: 1.2 miles

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Amersham to Little Missenden along the Misbourne

This leisurely walk takes you along the edge of Shardeloes Lake with its many water birds and past the imposing Shardeloes Manor.

  • Starting Point: Lay-by next to Shardeloes Manor.
  • Accessibility: Level walk. The walk is suitable for all terrain pushchairs as the path is easy to negotiate and there are only a few gates to open.
  • Facilities: Two pubs at either end of Little Missenden, and pubs and restaurants in Old Amersham.
  • Distance: 2½ miles to the Crown pub and back (allow 1½ hours), another ½ mile if you continue the walk through Little Missenden village.

Ashley Green and Hockeridge Wood

An attractive, mainly level walk which takes you along paths and quiet lanes through fields and woods

  • Starting Point: Parking in the village. Golden Eagle pub car park (with landlord’s permission).
  • Accessibility: Fairly level walk.
  • Facilities: Golden Eagle pub.
  • Distance: 4 miles (allow 2 ½ hours)

Black Park Lake Walk

The park is a real hidden treasure with its tranquil setting. There is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy for children and adults alike. Look out for ducks, swans, Canadian geese and squirrels, to name but a few.

  • Starting Point: Start from the car park. Black Park Country Park, Countryside Centre Black Park Road, Wexham SL3 6DS
  • Accessibility: Suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs, flat surface
  • Facilities: Parking, Cafe and toilets
  • Distance: 1.5 miles

Burnham Beeches Walks

Explore this wonderful ancient woodland, blue bells in early May, huge old trees

  • Starting Point: Main access from Beeches Road, just off the A355 in Farnham Common. Buses stop in Farnham Common on route between Slough and Beaconsfield.
  • Accessibility: Walks likely to be suitable for people with impaired mobility and users of wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs.
  • Facilities: Toilets, refreshments, picnic tables, trails, parking
  • Distance: As little or as much as you like!

Chenies and Chess Valley Walk via Latimer

This easy-going walk takes you alongside the River Chess to the picturesque village of Latimer, then across the river and up to woods on the other side of the valley from where there is a pleasant walk back to Chenies

  • Starting Point: Chenies Village Green. Park around the village green
  • Accessibility: There is a gradual climb up to the top of West Wood from the Chess valley, otherwise the walk is fairly level. The route just after Mill Farm and also section to can be muddy in winter.
  • Facilities: The Bedford Arms and the Red Lion pubs in Chenies. Nearby Chenies Manor serves tea on Thursday afternoons.
  • Distance: 2¼ miles (allow 1½ hours)

Great Missenden and Angling Spring Wood

This walk starts in the picturesque village of Great Missenden, home of the Roald Dahl Museum. There is a gradual ascent to reach the wooded hilltops to the west of the village from where there are fine views back across the valley of the river Misbourne.

  • Starting Point: Great Missenden Station (Chiltern Line trains from London Marylebone). There is parking at the station and car parks in the village.
  • Accessibility: There is a fairly long but gradual climb up a quiet farm road as far as Angling Spring Farm and then level walking until descending from the same farm on return. Stretches of the walk can be muddy in winter.
  • Facilities: There are several pubs and a tea room in the village.
  • Distance: 2½ miles (allow 1½ hours)

Langley Park

Langley is a historic parkland of 130 acres of important wildlife habitats, including woodland, heathland, wetland and grassland. It's a place to go and relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

  • Starting Point: From the A412 follow the brown tourist signs to Langley Park. The full address is Langley Park Country Park, Billet Lane, Iver Heath, Iver, Buckinghamshire.
  • Accessibility: Parking, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • Facilities: Cafe and toilets available
  • Distance: 1.5 miles

The Lee and Lee Common Walk

This short and gentle walk takes you along quiet lanes, bridleways, and across a large Common with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Starting Point: Park around The Lee village green, avoiding driveways, or in the Cock and Rabbit pub car park with the landlord's permission.
  • Accessibility: Mainly level. The bridleway can be muddy in winter.
  • Facilities:The Cock and Rabbit pub by the village green at The Lee.
  • Distance: 1½ miles (allow 1 hour)

Seer Green and Beaconsfield Walk

On either route you will be rewarded with the sort of woodland experience for which the Chilterns is famous. Between the woods are paths and quiet lanes offering extensive views over the rolling countryside

  • Facilities: Refreshments are available in Seer Green, Beaconsfield and at a pub en route
  • Accessibility: There are no stiles on the walk, however there are 2 wooden barriers at one point which are approximately 70cm high. The route is undulating with significant uphill and downhill slopes
  • Distance: Linear route 5½ miles, circular route 6.5 miles

Thames and Chilterns Walk

  • Route: From Henley-on-Thames along the River Thames and into the Hambleden Valley and Aston village. Can be combined with a boat trip on the river during the summer.
  • Facilities: Pubs in Hambleden and Aston. Toilets, shops, restaurants, parking, etc in Henley
  • Accessibility: The first part of the walk from Henley is suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs.
  • Distance: Walks of 2.5 miles, 5 miles and 7.5 miles

Woodland Walk (Amersham)

Join David Willis for a guided woodland walk and learn about the woods, the flora and fauna, whilst enjoying a family friendly walk through the woods

  • Route: Hodgemoor Woods
  • When: 1st Sunday of every month
  • Facilities: Car parking available at start point
  • Accessibility: This walk is ideal for children
  • Distance: Approx 1.5 hours

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Bourne End and Spade Oak Lake

An attractive and varied walk combining a wonderful stretch of the Thames Path with views of the hills beyond and a circuit of Spade Oak Lake Nature Reserve.

  • Starting Point: Bourne End train station.
  • Accessibility: This is a level walk. There are two footbridges by Spade Oak Lake which have a step up to them. Some of the footpaths around Spade Oak Lake can be muddy in winter.
  • Facilities: The Spade Oak pub is passed towards the end of the walk. There are two pubs at Little Marlow close to the outward route, or there are cafes and pubs in Bourne End.
  • Distance: 3 miles (allow 2 hours)

Brush Hill Wildlife Walks

2 short circular walks around Brush Hill Local Nature Reserve. This reserve, managed by the Chiltern Society is next to Whiteleaf Hill on the Chiltern escarpment. It is a fascinating mixture of woodland with wonderful autumn colour, hedgerows and grassland abounding in wild flowers such as bluebells, wood anemone, cowslips, orchids.

  • Starting Point: East of Princes Risborough, opposite Whiteleaf Hill car park
  • Accessibility: There are no stiles. The kissing gates are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The short walk is suitable for mobility scooters and pushchairs and may be suitable for wheelchairs, it follows a level path with access to the viewpoint. The longer walk includes part of a grassy hillside which is uneven in places.
  • Facilities: East of Princes Risborough, opposite Whiteleaf Hill car park
  • Distance: 0.9 miles and 0.5 miles

 


Hughenden Manor and Downley Common

A short easy-going walk which enables you to visit both the National Trust property of Disraeli's home, Hughenden Manor, and also go for a walk along attractive woodland paths to Downley Common.

  • Starting Point: Hughenden Church. Buses pass the entrance to the Manor. There is parking off the driveway in front of the church. Alternatively, continue uphill along the driveway to a car park on your right.
  • Accessibility: Initial gradual climb from the church (avoided if you park in the car
  • park further along the driveway); from there mainly level walk until a short climb on the return route before you reach the driveway at Hughenden Manor.
  • Facilities: At 'The Stables', Hughenden Manor, when house is open. There are pubs in Downley and Downley Common.
  • Distance: 2.5 miles (allow 1.5 hours)

Lacey Green, Parslow’s Hillock and Lily Bottom

A gently undulating route linking two attractive villages with historic pubs. This walk takes you from Lacey Green (with its landmark windmill) along the ancient track known as Grim's Ditch to Lily Bottom Lane.

  • Starting Point: Kiln Lane, Lacey Green (opposite the Black Horse pub). Road-side parking near the Black Horse pub. Limited bus service from High Wycombe.
  • Accessibility: Short descent from Kiln Lane to the valley bottom, then a climb back up to Lily Bottom Lane. Another descent towards the end of the walk. The rest of the walk is fairly level.
  • Facilities: Pubs in Lacey Green and pub at Parslow's Hillock.
  • Distance: 2 ½ miles (allow 1½ hours). Extra 1 mile for pub detour.

Little Marlow Walk

Enjoy the pleasures of the River Thames, rolling countryside and Chiltern beechwoods on this Chilterns Country walk. It starts at Bourne End railway station which is served by trains from Maidenhead and Paddington.

  • Facilities: Refreshments are available at pubs in Little Marlow, Spade Oak and Bourne End and from Emmetts Farm Shop in Little Marlow.
  • Accessibility: The shorter circular route is fairly level with no stiles and some kissing gates. The longer route has a steady climb up to 300 ft on unsurfaced tracks and no stiles.
  • Distance: 3 miles and 6 miles

West Wycombe and Bradenham Walks

These walks take you through the countryside estates of West Wycombe, Bradenham and Hughenden where there are fantastic views, magnificent beech woods and carpets of bluebells and wild flowers.

  • Route: West Wycombe/Saunderton/Bradenham/Downley Common/Hughenden Manor
  • Facilities: Toilets, refreshments and parking at various places on the walks
  • Accessibility: Some of the routes are suitable for all terrain pushchairs. Some routes with no steps, stiles or gates may be suitable for robust mobility scooters with experienced drivers and help.
  • Distance: Make up your own walk routes - shortest walk 3 miles, longest walk over 10 miles

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Caldecotte Lake

A lovely walk around the lake.

  • Starting Point: Start at the Caldecotte Arms pub, just off the A5, South Milton Keynes.
  • Accessibility: Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • Facilities: Children's play area
  • Distance: 2 miles 

Willen Lake

This is an easy walk which will particularly appeal to kids,  Periodically there are kids activities to do, such as balancing beams, monkey bars, step bars.

  • Starting Point: V10 Brickhill st, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS
  • Accessibility: Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • Facilities: Children's play area, parking, toilets
  • Distance: 3 miles 
  • Website: Willen Lake