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Why hiking is the best family activity

Why hiking is the best family activity

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Finding the ideal family activity can be challenging, especially if you’re searching for an inclusive, exciting holiday that will be a great experience regardless of budget.

Hiking offers the perfect balance of gentle exercise, family fun and new experiences. It can be enjoyed by all ages and offers a variety of benefits. There are also plenty of opportunities to put on a pair of walking boots, whether you’re wanting a simple staycation or you’re looking for an immersive hiking tour a bit further afield.

Quality time

Hiking trips offer are a great way to spend quality time with your children. Taking time out of the usual routine can provide space for open communication and to enjoy shared activities.

Use your hiking break to connect with nature and get back to basics. Leave devices at home and really immerse yourselves in your surroundings. It’s also an ideal opportunity to teach your kids about the cycles of nature, seasons and the environment.

Accessible and cheap

A hiking trip can be done on a shoestring and there are many locations to discover. Whether you choose to trek one of the National Parks or a local route closer to home, you can walk for free. All you need is some good, sturdy footwear, suitable clothing and plenty of snacks to keep you going.

Stunning scenery

Getting out into nature provides some of the best chances for discovering breathtaking scenery. Explore clear blue lakes, vast green spaces and magnificent mountain views. Don’t forget to take your camera to capture the impressive views.

Family fun

If you have young ones in tow, why not encourage some family fun by playing some games along the way? See who can spot certain landmarks, wildlife or tree species first and take some small treats to give out as prizes.

Build good habits

Hiking is a great form of exercise and a good habit for kids to develop from an early age. Being outdoors is not only great for physical health, but it benefits mental health too. Enjoying nature can reduce stress and increase mood, making it the perfect way to switch off and forget about daily troubles.

Develop confidence

Introducing children to the wonders of the outdoors can help develop a sense of confidence. Allow your youngsters to choose routes and teach them to read a map and compass. You can also educate them on survival skills and how to stay safe in nature. Let them be in charge of first aid items and give each child a role when out hiking.

Wherever you choose to explore, there are many advantages of family hiking, however old your children are!

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