/ Ideas for walks with a 4 year old
within 2 hours driving distance from St Helens (Lakes/Dales/Peak/Snowdownia etc.)
3-4 hours tops at a leisurely pace with stops for food
no big nasty drops to worry about
reach a well defined "top of the mountain" (poss trig point)
ideally have some short scrambly bits
To the start the ball rolling a couple we have done recently which were perfect are Gummers How and Loughrigg Fell from the White Moss car park.
Shutlingsloe in Cheshire? perfect 'mini mountain'
Another vote for Shutlingsloe... used to get taken up there as a kid regularly and loved it.
Not sure if it's a bit long, but my favorite as a kid was Harrison's Stickle via Stickle Gill (taking in the scrambly bit on the east bank of the gill just below the tarn) and the East Rake on Pavey Ark (ie the easy way up round the side). You could wander over to Pike of Stickle which has a little scramble onto the summit if you had time, although I think when I was a kid I'd exhausted myself by then so we just went back down.
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Roseberry Topping - the "Matterhorn of the North" should be within your 2 hours. We took our 3 year old son up as his first summit and he loved it. Especially as you can buy some great postcards to take into school!
And the scrambly bits are the rocks on the summit...)
Wansfell above Ambleside was my kids' first proper hill. Place Fell, Angle Tarn Pikes and Catbells are next on the list for us. The Lakes, especially, is full of perfect miniature mountains that are as steep, rocky and attractive as the big hills with views that are just as good.
Rannerdale Knotts from the road at Hause Point (Buttermere Lakeshore) - either straight up and down, or along the ridge ans back down the valley behind.
Fleetwith Pike from the top of Honister Pass. Dale Head from the same place (both have bits of old mine buildings to explore (though obviously needs a little care!)
Anything involving water (perhaps following a stream up to a high lake/tarn), Deep Dark Woods (we all know who lives in there) and possibly sticks is good for a 4 year old. It all adds to the sense of adventure!
While you're in Dovedale, a quick spin up Thorpe Cloud gives a definite peak.
But be a bit adventurous - just took the 5yo up Tryfan North Ridge. If you have a short bit of rope, there are no worries about long drops and the like. The only problem would be, after that everything else would seem a bit of an anticlimax.
(The 5yo also recently went all the way up to Annapurna Base Camp, with the Phedi-Dhampus start. Kids are surprisingly tough)
Chew Valley is round corner from me and has always worked for my kids.
Round the reservoirs is great. Summits of Aldermans Hill, Pots and Pans, Alphin, West Nab and Black Hill are all easily done.
Alternatively Yorkshire Dales summits like Penyghent, Whernside via easy routes have been done by kids when they were 3.
Pen y Ghent?
Not too long a walk, fun mild scrambly bit near the summit
Bosley Cloud, There is a legend about an angry giant who stamped his foot up there and left a footprint. My son still looks for it. There is a nice circular walk I can message you with for it.
'Making Tracks' was written by a Peak Park Ranger and her daughter and has 10 different walks ranging from 2 miles to 6 miles. Each walk has its own booklet and the child usually leads the walk from the booklet. (find it on the OS map anyway).
Derbyshire Walks with Children
Cheshire walks with children
I have this book and taken my son on a few.
And there is another walk in peak district that takes you along some stepping stones but I cant remember where it is!
Wansfell to Troutbeck and back is amazing on a nice day.
The views towards Windermere are amazing on the way back and there's a nice pub (mortal man) almost exactly half-way round.
Great views over morecombe bay from just above Arnside.
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