Walking with Kids: A How-to Guide
Most kids don't love walking the way many adults do, with no obvious aim or point, for the sake of it. Many have to be cajoled into it, and will happily make their objections known for the duration of the walk. The trick is to make the excursion into some kind of quest or expedition that gives it a purpose in their eyes. We've shared some tips and ideas on walking with kids below, as well as some practical advice, and recommended one great walk handy for those taking a family break at lovely Fowey Hall Hotel.
• Involve children in choosing your route and suggest they prepare their own backpack, with drinks, snacks and spare clothing but also adventure equipment such as compasses, magnifying glasses and bug viewers.
• Try to find a walk including woods, streams and ponds so they can collect sticks, look for insect life under logs, pond-dip and have a paddle or build a dam. (Remember to bring a net).
• Go with their pace and don't expect them to be excited by the same things that you are. On the other hand, be patient when they want to stop and investigate something.
• Have some games ready to keep them engaged – hide and seek is the classic one, but you can also ask them to spot shapes in clouds, name five things they can hear, and find twigs in the shape of a letter.
• Don't forget sunscreen and hats, whatever the weather, plus wipes, plasters and a tube of antiseptic cream.
In coming blogs we'll be bringing you some great child-friendly walks handy for our eight hotels. To start you off, read more on the Fowey 'Hall Walk', a moderate 6.5km walk through Cornish woodlands and creeks, offering stunning views of Fowey Harbour and delighting kids with its two ferry rides en route.