The arrival of spring means the end of dark mornings and nights, frost and chilly temperatures, and the start of outdoor adventures and family fun that don’t require you to be wrapped up to the nines.
As we march into the new season, The National Trust has put together nine diverse walking routes across the UK that can give the whole family a chance to stretch their legs and have fun, without proving too much for the littlest members of the family.
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire
Children will love finding the carved wooden creatures on this easy trail around the estate. Make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.
Farne Island, Northumberland
Kids will love keeping their eyes peeled for shy puffins on this walk. There are lots of other coastal birds to look out for. And don't forget to visit the lighthouse!
Box Hill, Surrey
Gibside, Derwent Valley
Discover Strawberry Castle adventure play area on this pushchair-friendly family trail. Budding naturalists can look for Red Kites from the Wildlife Hide. Little adventurers can take the low rope challenge.
Children will enjoy this stroll through idyllic, flower-rich farmland. See if you can spot any dragonflies or fish surfacing sleepily in the River Avon. Then see where Harry Potter was filmed in Lacock Abbey.
Lanhydrock Respryn ramble
This gentle walk is a great way to explore the dappled woodland, rivers and parkland of the Lanhydrock estate. See if you can spot rare kingfishers and otters. At dusk, look out for Daubentons bats skimming the water for insects.
Plas Newydd, Anglesey
This short trail has strategically-placed fun along the way. There's a treehouse for let's pretend games and an adventure playground to burn off some energy. Can you spot the estate's oldest tree?
Pack the family a picnic for this ramble down a dramatic gorge surrounded by ancient woodland. There are deer in the woods, and look out for otters in the river and herons keeping watch over the water.
The National Trust is a charity and conservation organisation that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It owns 350 heritage properties across the country, including 250,000 hectares of land, most of which are open to the public to explore. For more information about walks and trails and to donate, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.