Blow Away the Cobwebs With A Family Walk This Winter
Here’s our guide to family friendly walks and places to go outdoors in the winter
So you’ve been cooped up indoors. The kids are over excited and stir crazy and you could do with blowing a few cobwebs away. Why not wrap up warm and get outside for some fresh air and a good old-fashioned family walk with the kids this winter.
To help we’ve put together some great ideas for places to go outdoors this winter in Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Wirral, Flintshire & Wrexham.
Kids love beaches, even in the winter. There’s something children find fascinating about the iron men in the water at Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” on Crosby Beach. And it only get better when there are wild winter waves crashing around the iron figures. For a gentler experience, how about trying to spot red squirrels before exploring the massive sand dunes in Formby. Take a leaf from Mary Poppins’ book and try flying a kite at the Wirral Country Park at Thurstaston. Toddlers love looking for shells on Talacre Beach.
Go Wild With Nature
It’s the best time of year to spot wild birds at Parkgate Marshes. Grab an ice cream or a hot chocolate and spot Parkgate’s famous wildlife from the dry safety of the famous seafront. Or head to Martin Mere where you can see swans, ducks, otters and more and enjoy organised family activities every weekend. If you prefer your animals a bit more domesticated and fluffy, head to Tatton Farm where your children will love meeting horses, pigs, sheep, donkeys and much more.
Visit Your Local Park
If you just want a quick trip out, simply pop to your local park. Now would be a good time to try riding that new Christmas bike. Then a quick go on the swings and you can be home again before anyone is too cold or hungry. If you’ve got a bit more time, it’s worth visiting one of the big traditional parks which all have lots to offer. Firm favourites are Sefton Park in Liverpool, Heaton Park in Manchester, Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington, Grosvenor Park in Chester, Bellevue Park in Wrexham and Moss Bank Park in Bolton.
Feed the Ducks
Small children love feeding ducks and will appreciate a trip to a local canal, river or pond. The Groves in Chester, Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport and Calderstones Park in Liverpool are particularly pretty spots. But don’t take bread – it’s not good for our feathery little friends. Instead take oats, corn or peas. For more information, check out the Canal and River Trust’s Guide to keeping ducks healthy.
Castles are the best places for scrambling, play fighting and firing up the imagination. Beeston Castle is every child’s idea of a medieval ruined castle and provides lots of scope for pretending to be a knight, a princess or a jouster. There are also fabulous views across the Cheshire plain. On a smaller scale but just as much fun try the muddy walk to Ewloe Castle in Wepre Park, Flintshire. It’s free and you can play in the children’s play area too. Clitheroe Castle is free for children and they can explore with a rucksack, map and magnifying glass.