Picturesque Easter Family Walks

18-06-2019 09:06

From bluebells to mountain peaks: the most picturesque family walks for Easter 2019

Spring is an utterly captivating time of year when the whole world seems alive with change and growth, and what better way to take it all in than to get out with the family armed with a camera?

From parents with pushchairs to thrill-seeking hikers, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful Easter family walk ideas – and paired them with useful photography tips to ensure you remember it for many years to come.

Easy forest walks for all

A forest floor thick with bluebells, nodding delicately in the breeze, is synonymous with spring, and the perfect place for a stroll.

As a rule, these beauties are at their best in late April and early May, but the walks remain stunning year-round.

The National Trust has rounded up some of the best bluebell walks, most of which are accessible for the whole family.

Photography tip: it can be dark under the canopy of leaves, even on a sunny day, so be sure to adjust the picture brightness on your phone or the exposure on your camera above the recommended settings.

Coastal strolls

Britain’s coastline offers a multitude of surprises, from secluded coves to rugged cliffs that look like they belong in far-flung lands.

Whether you’re after a chill on the beach or a bracing clifftop walk to blow away the cobwebs, the landscape evokes a true sense of drama, especially in places such as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

If you choose to venture beyond sandcastles, it’s an environment that demands respect, so appropriate care should always be taken. But the rewards are breath-taking.

Photography tip: if the sun is shining into the camera when shooting against the backdrop of the sea, use the flash to illuminate your subject.

Water, water, everywhere

Bodies of water provide a natural focal point for walking (and a fair bit of splashing about!).

Those with prams will gravitate to smoothly paved walkways around lakes, canals and reservoirs – with lots of accessible ideas on www.walkswithbuggies.com.

If you have older, more intrepid explorers, you’ll be stunned by the number of dramatic waterfalls and hillside tarns the UK has to offer. Those with nerves of steel can even try a spot of wild swimming – for example, the dramatic Thornton Force on the Ingleton Waterfall Trail.

Photography tip: if your phone or camera has a burst mode, keep your finger pressed down on the “take picture” button and it’ll take lots of pictures in quick succession – capturing splashes and flying water droplets. Waterproof cameras are also lots of fun.

Soaring mountain peaks

Many families may feel peaks and fells are out of their comfort zone but pick the right hill and it can be an amazing day out for both young and old. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting to the top and staring out at the landscape unfurling below you.

Indeed celebrated fell walker, guidebook writer and illustrator, Alfred Wainwright, described Cat Bells in the Lake District as “a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together.”

More experienced walking families might want to try their hand at scrambling, which is somewhere in the middle of walking and rock climbing – involving climbs using hands for short periods of time. Here are some to get you started, we like Tryfan in Snowdonia for older, more confident scramblers.

And if you want all the rewards for little effort, there’s always the truly stunning Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Photography tip: find something to feature in the very foreground of your picture, such as wildflowers, long grass (or a family member!) to show the true scale of the mountain vista.

There’s nothing like a walk for some free family fun. If you’re saving up for something a little bigger, though, we can help you reach your goals.

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