8 great family walks in the North West

PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 August 2019 | UPDATED: 08:52 02 August 2019

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You don't need to go far to find a walk even the littlest of legs can enjoy. Try these routes in Lancashire and the Lakes that are suitable for the whole family.

Clifton Country Park, Salford

Known as one of Salford's best green spaces, Clifton Country Park sits along the banks of the River Irwell, boasting acres of meadows, open woodland, a large lake and refurbished wooden play area. The designated nature reserve 
upped its kid-friendly credentials in 2017, opening a fairytale 
trail featuring ten magical animals sculptures and a 
full-size Gruffalo.

With plenty of real-life animals to spot along the way, including ducks and geese resting on the river bank, kids will love this park. Plus, tired legs can take a rest at the well-stocked cafe in the car park.

Address: Clifton House Road, Salford, M27 6NG

Length: 1 mile

Time to allow: 1 hour

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Yes

A red squirrel at FormbyA red squirrel at Formby

Red Squirrel Reserve, Formby

Red squirrels have seen a huge decline in numbers in recent years, with only about 15,000 currently left in England. Formby 
is one of the few places in the country where these charming creatures can still be seen and this National Trust site provides the perfect place to go on a squirrel-spotting adventure.

Better-suited to an all-terrain pushchair or confident walkers, this stroll takes an easy-going hour to traverse, and cakes 
and hot drinks are available at the picnic site near the Victoria Road car park.

Address: Victoria Road, Formby, L37 1LJ

Length: 2 miles

Time to allow: 2 hours

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Mostly

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Burrs Country Park, Bury

A two mile loop trail, Burrs Country Park enjoys a picturesque spot between the River Irwell and the East Lancashire Railway line. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll around this family favourite, taking in the local wildlife, rushing river and even some pieces from the Irwell Sculpture Trail.

A short walk from the park's popular Lamppost Cafe is a station platform, perfect for watching the steam trains chug on by or even hopping on and off for a ride along the traditional railway.

Address: Woodhill Road, Bury, BL8 1DA

Length: 2 miles

Time to allow: 2 hours

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Yes

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Tarn Hows, Coniston

A popular beauty spot since the 19th century, Tarn Hows offers spectacular panoramas, stunning woodland and a great country walk for little ones. The estate, which was once owned by Beatrix Potter, is now managed by the National Trust which has since provided pram-friendly pathways and baby-changing facilities to continue its popularity.

The gentle, circular route wraps around the glistening lake, taking in pine groves and views towards Wetherlam, the Helvellyn range and the Langdale Pikes. There are no on-site eateries, so pack a picnic and give yourself an hour or two to fully enjoy the tarn.

Address: Coniston, LA21 8AQ

Length: 2 miles

Time to allow: 1-2 hours

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Yes

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Heaton Park, Manchester

Covering an area of more 
than 600 acres, Heaton Park 
is the biggest of its kind in the North West. Offering much more than a walk in the park, this diverse green sprawl has several play areas and wildlife galore. In other, words there's plenty here to keep children entertained for hours on end.

The sight-seeing walk is a popular choice, taking in a boating lake, animal farm and 
a cafe with a small soft play. There are plenty of places to 
stop and rest little legs but if 
the route proves too much, a 
land train is on hand to transport you around the park. The heritage trams are popular, too.

Address: Sheepfoot Lane, Prestwich, M25 2SW

Length: 3 miles

Time to allow: 3 hours

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Yes

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Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead

The latest Julia Donaldson creation to get the Grizedale 
trail treatment is Zog, star of 
the popular children's book of 
the same name. Following in 
the footsteps of the Gruffalo 
and the Highway Rat, the Forestry Commission site has revamped the popular trail to feature the lovable dragon, inviting children to follow markers, collect stars and hunt for hidden images in the woods.

If you have time to spare, there's plenty more to see and 
do at Grizedale Forest, as well 
as a cafe, children's play park 
and woodland picnic areas.

Address: Hawkshead, LA22 0QJ

Length: 1 mile

Time to allow: 2 hours

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Yes

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Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

It's right next to the M6 at Preston, but Brockholes is the perfect place to get close to nature. There is a range of walks suitable for all ages and lots to see and spot along the way. Discover the Beatrix Potter walk, complete with wonderful wildlife, their favourite characters and an activity sheet to collect brass rubbings.

Several routes are pushchair-accessible including the short Gravel Pit trail which leads guests from the floating visitor centre around a wooden adventure playground. There are regular family events, and a cafe, at the visitor centre. And there are lots of great places around the reserve for a summer picnic.

Address: Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG

Length: 1 mile

Time to allow: 2 hours

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Mostly

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Sefton Park, Liverpool

Sefton Park is one of Liverpool's most popular outdoor spots and with a series of lakes, gardens, and a fairy glen with caves and waterfalls to discover, it's not difficult to see why. A kid-friendly route around the Grade I listed site takes in the main attractions and is perfect for letting little ones get closer to nature.

Make sure you leave enough time to take a stroll around the recently refurbished Palm House. This stunning Victorian glasshouse is home to a beautiful botanical collection, year-round events, a cafe and a children's playground. u

Address: Mossley Hill Drive, Liverpool, L17 1AJ

Length: 1.5 miles

Time to allow: 3 hours

Baby changing? Yes

Pushchair friendly? Yes

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