Looking for something budget friendly to do with the kids? Here are nine of our favourite family walks in Kent and East Sussex…
Please double check with the venue beforehand (if relevant) to ensure they are open / accessible when you visit! Have fun and if you have already done these walks, check out our bumper blog post with more than 35 walks for families in Kent and East Sussex.
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♥ Enjoy the great outdoors at Broadwater Warren
Just off Broadwater Forest Lane, Broadwater Warren is a beautiful place to visit on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. There’s something very peaceful about the warren and the RSPB is making great progress with restoring it since they took over in 2007. The trail takes about two hours, though we usually just do part of it when we go. There’s an onsite carpark which is free! Look out for the wild ponies and try to visit Decoy Pond (pictured) – there are maps along the way and at the entrance.
♥ Discover the creatures around Birchden Wood
Just outside Groombridge, Birchden Wood is extremely buggy friendly with lovely wooden creatures scattered throughout the forest including a snake and a very large acorn along with some little outdoor dens hidden throughout the woods. There is a fee for parking so bring some change or a card with you! There’s also a communal BBQ available if for picnickers and campers.
♥ Coolings Nature Trail
The nature trail at Coolings Green & Pleasant Garden Centre in Knockholt covers a six acre area which is a haven for wildlife. The pushchair friendly trail is also populated by a wealth of wildlife and birds including wallabies, goats, rare-breed pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks and geese.
The little dens which are scattered around the trail are lots of fun and the kids will love running through the long tree tunnel. Treat yourself and the family to something tasty from the cafe or look in the gift shop for something special.
♥ If you fancy a welly walk, consider heading over to Cinderhill Woods near Matfield. The 12 hectares has lots of lovely trails to explore through woodland, heathlands, grasslands and streams. There are some lovely views to enjoy across the heath and don’t miss the big wooden ‘slithery snake’ a few minutes’ walk from the car park. If you can avoid taking a buggy, it’s best as the trails are narrow in places and quite muddy. The Poet and The Star in Matfield are both recommended for somewhere to warm up afterwards. The Star has an outdoor play equipment which we have mentioned in our blog post about the top pubs with play areas.
♥ Run wild at Wilderness Wood
You may have seen some of my previous posts about Wilderness Wood including this one? Located in Hadlow Down, visitors can do a circular walk of the forest, visit the charming coffee kiosk and enjoy the mudpie kitchen and zipwire / giant swing. Check the website for opening times/dates. There isn’t an entry fee but much needed donations are very welcome! This is such a lovely place…
♥ A stroll around Bewl Water
There is so much to do at Bewl Water including a walk (or cycle) along the banks of the reservoir and into the forest, the use of two playgrounds including a pirate ship and boat hire. I’m not sure about the condition of the cycle track at the moment (given the weather) so it might be best to call ahead to check – 01892 890000.
♥ Haysden Country Park & Barden Lake
The great thing about Haysden Country Park is that it has a bit of everything – a fun playground, a cafe (with outdoor seating only), a big lake with pedestrian and cycle path and a forest. Parking is £1 for up to 4 hours so remember to bring some change.
♥ Visit the heart of Pooh Country – Pooh Sticks Bridge
The original Pooh Sticks Bridge can be found just beyond the village of Hartfield. You can pick up a map and an activities booklet at Pooh Corner Shop and enjoy a cuppa (or some cake) at Piglets Tea Rooms beforehand. Read more about our visit to Pooh Sticks Bridge here.
♥ Beautiful Bedgebury
Whether you are going Gruffalo spotting, climbing trees with Go Ape, discovering the bike trails or simply going for a wander and letting the kids play in the multiple playgrounds there is plenty to do at Bedgebury. This is a long-term favourite of ours as there are so many different play areas, places for the kids to discover and a really good cafe.
♥ Hargate Forest
There are two walks to take at the beautiful Hargate Forest in Broadwater Down. The entrance can be found at TN2 5PE which is the postcode for a property opposite the site entrance. The green walk is one mile long and take approximately 30 minutes to walk.