Where to go for a Family Walk in Berkshire

If you’re looking for some great big outdoor spaces to explore and go on a family walk in Berkshire check out these great ideas.  Most of them are free which makes a great value day out with the kids in Berkshire.

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Fancy travelling a little further afield, lots of great ideas for a family walk in Oxfordshire here too.

Best Family Walks in Berkshire

Ray Mill IslandFREE
Ray Mill island is not huge but it’s so wonderfully tranquil.  Once you cross over the footbridge at Boulters Lock, you enter a lovely chilled out world with mature trees, grassy areas and the highlight being all the ducks and geese.

Thatcham to Theale family bike ride or walk – FREE
The Kennet and Avon Canal is a brilliant place to go on a family bike ride in Berkshire.  There are miles of fairly flat, car-free paths and the scenery is stunning.

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Alexandra GardensFREE
Located right beside the river, with Windsor Castle as a back drop Alexandra Gardens is a beautiful setting.  There are lovely pathways to walk through next to the river which are suitable for small bikes and scooters. Have fun spotting the Hawker Hurricane aircraft replica.

Ankerwyke Yew and Circular Walk – FREE
A gentle 30 minute circular walk with snowdrops in winter/early spring. It’s great for letting kids run wild and explore with woodland, pond, views of the Thames and the ancient Ankerwyke Yew tree.

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Swinley Forest FREE (car parking charges apply)
There are miles of forest trails suitable for biking with children or going for a lovely walk. Try the flat trails (towards the Go Ape centre) with younger children. Older children can enjoy trying out mountain biking.  There are three routes – green (easiest), blue (harder), red (hardest).

Dinton PasturesFREE (car parking charges apply)
There are several different tracks around the lakes, ideal for biking and dog walking.  You can really make a full day of it here with the play park and water sports too.

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Dorney LakeFREE
Dorney Lake is a fantastic place for a family walk, bike, scoot or rollerskate.  Set in a spectacular 450-acre parkland near Windsor, the site hosted the Rowing and Kayak events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games for London 2012.  It’s privately-owned but open to the public almost all year round.

Snelsmore CommonFREE
Just north of Newbury, Snelsmore Common has a number of different walking trails to follow including an easy access trail which is paved so perfect for scooters, bikes and pushchairs.  You  might even spot some Exmoor and New Forest ponies grazing.

Ascot HeathFREE
Free to use, this circular tarmac wide pathed space offers a 2.7k walk on a non muddy path. It sits inside the famous Ascot Racecourse with views of the impressive grandstand. The heath is open to public access on non race days so be sure to check their schedule before heading out

Lily Hill ParkFREE

Close to Bracknell, this is a great park to explore.  If you’ve got a pushchair, there are paved pathways for easy walking or you can wander in amongst the trees.  It’s even home to England’s longest bench carved from a single piece of wood adn a big wooden green man sculpture.

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Braywick Park and Nature ReserveFREE

Braywick Park and Nature Reserve is the largest public open space in Maidenhead, covering 40 hectares, 22 of this being sports ground. Its home to a number of wildlife which can be spotted in all seasons. A mixture of wooded areas and paved walking routes, which makes it a great place to explore on foot, scooter or bike. Some areas are buggy friendly if you stick to the paths and avoid the nature reserve fields. It’s also a popular place for dog walking.

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