Think of the Cotswolds and you’ll probably think of the countryside, relaxation, and peace and quiet. And you would...
Tens of thousands of people choose a walking holiday in the Cotswolds each year, but not many brave it with children in tow. Now, it may require a little bit of extra planning to ramble with kids, but it is most definitely doable and all it takes is a little online digging to unearth the very best walks for it.
The Rollright Stones are a famous prehistoric site only a few miles from Chipping Norton. Here you can park nearby and head up to the Stone Circle and the dramatically-named Whispering Knights. This walk is great for kids of all ages, it’s not too steep or demanding and it is suitable for buggies as well, in case you have babies or toddlers with you.
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You could also head to Birdland, which offers an impressive seven acres of outdoor space to wander in. The kids will love seeing exotic birds here, but there is also a secluded trail available through the Marshmouth Nature Reserve. It winds its way around 2.5 acres and is suitable for most children to tackle.
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If you happen to have booked a Cotswolds holiday cottage near (or in) the Cotswold Water Park, you’ve got plenty of walking opportunities right on your doorstep. The information centre in the park provides a leisure map and a walks guide, everywhere is extremely flat and ideal for buggies if you have younger children with you as well. The shortest walk is 2km (that’s about 1.2 miles), but there really are walks of all distances, most of which are circular so you’ll end up being back right where you started. Quick tip: try the tow paths and train tracks walk, the number 1 on the walks guide.. the kids will love it!
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Most people end up visiting Broadway while they are in the Cotswolds, as this is, after all, one of the prettiest villages in the area. You can take a circular walk around and beyond the village, and there are plenty of refreshments available once you arrive back in the village itself. Ice cream, anyone?
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These are just a small handful of walks to take with kids in the Cotswolds, but there are so many, all you have to do is pick one.