Thursday, 29 April 2010

5 great family walks in the Angus Glens

Families who exercise together are more likely to lead happier, healthier lives. It's what the experts suggest and, really, it's commonsense. If parents can create a keep-fit routine for all the family then the children will learn by example, and will be more likely to take these good, healthy habits with them when they go on to lead their own lives.

And one of the best ways to enjoy exercising together is walking. Now that spring has arrived there are many more opportunities to step out into the hills, along rivers, beside lochs or wherever the fancy takes you. Make sure, though, that you choose a walk that is pitched to suit the youngest in your family.

In the Angus Glens we are lucky enough to have a host of walks ideally suited to families. Here we bring you five of our favourites. All these routes can be found on the award-winning walks website Walk Highlands.

1) Reekie Linn, Glen Isla, 1km, 40 minutes. The Reekie Linn is a stunning waterfall and this short walk takes in this awesome sight (sure to keep the kids happy), as well as some lovely woodland.

2) Corrie Fee, Glen Clova, 7.5km, 2.5hrs. This walk is better suited to families with older children as there is an uphill hike (gentle but quite long) to the viewpoint. But the effort is worth it for the stunning views in this National Nature Reserve.

3) Rocks of Solitude, Edzell, 10.5km, 3hrs. A beautiful circuit walk along the North Esk river taking in a dramatic gorge and woodland.

4) Seaton Cliffs, Arbroath, 12km, 4hrs. The coastline in this part of the world is stunning and this walk heads along the top of sandstone cliffs for even better views. Suited to older children because of the cliffs.

5) Montrose Basin, 6km, 2hrs. The Montrose Basin is a huge and fascinating tidal basin comprising mud, sand, marshes and reed beds. During this walk you'll also visit two wildlife hides.

As with all family walks remember to wear comfortable boots and waterproofs. If you're going off the beaten track ensure you have a map and compass with you. And children always welcome snacks and drinks along the way.

So where will you be walking with your family this spring and summer?

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