Family Walking Holidays
The Best Family Hiking Holidays in the UK
Many parents are looking for less traditional, more active family holidays in England. Some may just want to try something new. That is why we are pleased to offer special services for families, who are coming to us in growing numbers, and finding it a fun experience. Several parents have told us that their Footscape holiday was a wonderful way of spending quality time and bonding with their children.
Sometimes even very young children have had less difficulty walking 8 or more miles a day than their parents. We have therefore dropped the minimum age on our hiking tours to 5.
To walk from one place to another along a trail, whether short or long, can provide children with a huge sense of achievement, as well as a load of surprises along the way. All children, therefore, who have been on one of our scheduled or custom holidays in Dorset, are presented with a smart “Certificate of Achievement” at the end of their last day.
Our Most Child-Friendly Family Hiking Vacations
Our independent hiking tours are also very suitable for children. Those that include parts of the Jurassic Coast are of particular interest, because there are several safe and beautiful beaches along its length. So instead of just spending all your holiday time on a beach, why not walk part or all of a Footscape trail, stopping off for a short swim at those beaches that you cannot resist?
Children who enjoy hiking will be happy on any of our self-guided walking tours in Dorset, England.
However, here is a list of those that we consider to be especially appropriate for children, the coastal trails being the most popular with stunning coastal scenery and beaches, flexible walking distances, child-friendly pubs at midday and award-winning ice-cream.
The Best Family Walking Holidays in the UK (or Europe!)
Independent holidays, all with walks along the Jurassic Coast:
- Purbeck – a beautiful part of Dorset; most of the 5 superb walks can be shortened; lovely beaches; plenty of things to do in the area. Plus a charming steam train to take you home at the end of each day.
- Lyme Regis – this historic family seaside town has lots to do; all four varied and fascinating walks can be shortened; good beaches; the best fossil-hunting in England. For information about guided fossil hunts and walks click here: Fossils in Dorset
- Abbotsbury – an attractive village near Chesil Beach, popular with children for its Swannery (go in Spring to see the cygnets hatching) and children’s farm; four great coastal & inland walks (three can be shortened).
- Weymouth – a popular beach and harbour town with masses of things to do and see; perfect sandy beaches; three of the four spectacular walks can be shortened.
Inn to inn walking holidays:
Jurasssic Coast and Undiscovered Dorset – gorgeous coastal and inland scenery; unspoilt villages. Your average daily walking distance can be as little as an easy 5 to 6 miles and factor in a rest day on alternate days if you like. Children enjoy the experience of discovering a new place to stay each evening, as well as the sense of accomplishment when they reach the end of the trail. And rest days don’t have to be boring with kayaking, coasteering, fishing, rib rides plus gorgeous sandy beaches all available to you at various places along the coast.
Custom family walking tours
If you would like us to design a custom holiday for your family, based on your particular wishes, then please contact us well in advance, if possible, so that we can fit you into our schedule and find the best possible accommodation.
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|Double / Twin||Single|
|7+ nights..||from £85||from £120|
|4 to 6 nights||from £90||from £125|
|2 to 3 nights||from £95||from £130|
|Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling|
A2 – A comfortable B&B or simple village inn A1 – A good hotel, inn or equivalent A+ – A luxury hotel Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2. 10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us. We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children. Please give us details on the enquiry form
Double / Twin Room
7+ nights from £85
4 to 6 nights from £90
2 to 3 nights from £95
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling
7+ nights from £120
4 to 6 nights from £125
2 to 3 nights from £130
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling
A2 - A comfortable B&B or simple village inn
A1 - A good hotel, inn or equivalent
A+ - A luxury hotel
Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.
10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us.
We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children. Please give us details on the enquiry form
Family Walking Trail Highlights
- Fossil beaches
- Golden Cap, the highest point on England’s South coast
- The magnificent Chesil Bank
- Durdle Door
- Lulworth Cove
- The ruined village and museum of Tyneham
- Old Harry Rocks
- A succession of beautiful beaches