During the Easter holidays, why not take the opportunity to explore the Worcestershire countryside as a family?
Worcestershire has some fantastic and free walking routes within the county, from shorter routes around urban areas to longer routes that take walkers through the countryside.
Worcestershire County Council promotes a total of 38 walking routes and manages a network totalling around 4,612km, offering lots of different views and terrains around the county.
For little feet and beginner walkers, try a shorter walk such as the Woodland and Meadows trail around Worcester Woods Country Park or the Skylark and Rabbit trails at Waseley Hills Country Park.
If you’re up for a challenge and want to see lots of Worcestershire, try a long distance trail such as The Worcestershire Way walk, which runs alongside the Herefordshire border and involves outstanding rural landscapes. The Wychavon Way is another long distance trail starting at Droitwich Spa stretching all the way to Broadway.
Riverside walks never fail to be interesting and the Pershore Bridges circular walk is the perfect place to spot some wildlife.
Phil Coulson, Operations Team Manager of the Public Rights of Way team at Worcestershire County Council said: “We look after these routes all year round ensuring they remain safe and open for people to enjoy. In Worcestershire, we have wonderful countryside right on our doorstep and Public Rights of Ways are opportunities to discover this completely free of charge.”
Walking is also a great way for families to stay healthy and exercise together. Walking at a brisk pace can help burn excess calories and improve heart health.
You can find out about all Public Rights of Way managed by Worcestershire County Council on the website: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20233/countryside_and_leisure