This post on Tegg’s Nose is part of our ‘Hiking with Kids’ series. Click here to see all posts in this series.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Interest: 5/5 (Easter trail, viewpoint, quarry)
Spring has sprung in the North West UK (at least for now) and we are excited to pull our hiking boots back on! Our most recent adventure hiking with kids was to Tegg’s Nose Country Park in Cheshire.
There are a number of trails to follow at Tegg’s Nose, and we decided to go for the Easter hunt. We picked up a map for each child (50p from the tea room) with space to write the names of the animals we’d find on posters along the route. This trail is a seasonal offer, but there are other hunts available year-round, such as letters and symbols.
Despite being in possession of a trail route and an OS digital map, we went completely the wrong way, turning left when we should have kept going straight on. We were unperturbed though, and retraced our steps so we could find all of the animals!
Keeping kids entertained
I now believe that every single hiking route in the UK should have a children’s trail. The kids moaned a lot less than they have on any of our other walks, thanks to the anticipation of finding the next poster. They also really enjoyed having their own maps.
When we reached the summit, we all had fun looking through the peepholes that highlight points of interest. The children kept shouting that they could see our house! They also enjoyed playing on the disused quarry equipment, which is painted in bright primary colours.
End of the trail
We (finally) marked off all of the animal names on the trail map and made our way back down to the tea room. After all that walking, we decided that we deserved some ice cream. Guy and the kids chose pots of Cheshire Ice Cream Farm’s finest, and I chose a vegan Biscoff muffin (which was amazing!).
This was a really enjoyable walk with lots to see along the way. We all had a good time together and it was very manageable for our three young children (with a little help from our Beco Toddler carrier). I’d like to return to take a longer hike without the kids!
Parking? Pay and display at Country Park entrance
Terrain? Mix of well-worn trail and tarmacked path
Loos? Portaloos at the car park