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February 23, 2017

Nature Walks: A Child-Friendly Guide

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Nurture your children’s curiosity about the natural world with these tips!

Getting your child interested in nature can be challenging; who doesn’t know the struggles of trying to convince their kids to do anything but watch TV or play games when school is off? Getting them out of the house is incredibly rewarding, as nature offers plenty of health benefits, from fresher air to lower stress levels.

So, how can you take them out for a relaxing experience in nature they will remember for a very long time?

Let Them Choose the Route They Want

You should first pick the least challenging routes and the ones with interesting features your child will love, such as waterfalls and streams – so that you don’t end up scaling Scafell Pike, the highest mountain on the Lake District! However, your kids will no doubt appreciate being given the choice to pick a route they want from your pre-approved list.

Also, make sure to tell them you’re going on an adventure, which will surely bring out the little explorers in them!

Play Games

Kids love a challenge, so why not create a fun game out of your nature walk? When you’re out and about, ask them to name the animals they spot, race them to the next big tree, have them find different coloured pebbles, see if they can find sticks in the shape of letters, etc.

You can also take them paddling in streams and jumping skipping stones Your options are limitless and provide for endless hours of fun!

Go Cycling

If walking isn’t your ‘thing’ or your kids don’t seem very receptive to the idea, you can cycle instead. Whether you bring your own or rent it in the lakes, for instance, cycling is a fantastic chance to explore nature in a way you haven’t before. You’ll be able to go as fast or slow as you want and see more of the route than if you walk.

Cruise the Lakes

Lake Windermere is the largest in England and provides incredible scenery for anyone who chooses to explore it on a boat. Not only will the cruise drop you off at specific locations, so you can see more of the region, but you’ll be able to hop back on whenever you want!

Take your children on an adventure where they’ll enjoy vibrant greens and crystalline waters while seated in comfort. Whether it’s a sunny, overcast or rainy day, the Lake and its imposing mountains are still a show-stopping sight.

Which Routes are Better for the Whole Family?

One of the great things about hiking in the Lakes is how much variety there is when it comes to planning out routes. And, if you want a guided tour, you won’t lack for options as well! For example, the My First Fell – Bowness Family Walk on the 12th of August is perfect for families who want to reach the summit of Brant fell and enjoy the amazing views!

Elterwater’s Slate Heritage walk on the 25th of October is also an easy route that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike – and lets you peek at a working slate quarry. The Family Wasdale Wander will occur on the 26th of August and will provide you with some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes.

Few things are better than enjoying nature with your children, so take them out on a nature walk and spend amazing quality time together. Holgates is the perfect base for you to explore the area at will, so get in touch with us today and we’ll help you choose your accommodation!

 

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