Family Summer Holidays

The long summer holidays are the most popular times for families to travel but that doesn’t mean that you need to follow the crowd. Join us on an exciting, action-packed family summer holiday and we’ll show you the must-see sights and the secret corners of a destination. Our experienced walk leaders have masses of knowledge and insight to share so you’re in safe hands as they specifically tailor walks and activities to your family and your interests.

With a dozen country houses all across the UK offering family holidays over summer, we have a huge range of choice when it comes to the type of walk, level of activity and other attractions.

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Wales is wonderful in summer. Base yourself at Nythfa House in Brecon for a chance to explore Waterfall Country, clamber behind a magnificent cascade and conquer Pen y Fan (if you can tear yourself away from the indoor pool)

In the Lake District you’re spoiled for choice at Derwent Bank in the Northern Lake District. An idyllically located base for a family summer holiday right on the shore of the lake, with gorgeous gardens, outdoor space and a thrilling range of walks and activities to tackle.

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Whether it’s the Dales or Moors, Yorkshire offers families wonderful adventure and activities over the summer. Whitby in the North York Moors is close to the beach and historic harbour but has woods and moorlands to explore as well and you can even ride the steam train to Hogsmeade station like Harry Potter. Just a few miles from Malham’s famous cove in the Southern Yorkshire Dales meanwhile, Malhamdale lets you take on the challenge of one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, tramp the Dales Way and delve underground to find stalactites and stalagmites galore.

The rolling Shropshire Hills around Church Stretton may be gentler but offer just as exciting and rewarding a family holiday. Country walks, castles and climbing on the ramparts of iron age forts are all on the agenda, along with train rides, crafts and simply splashing about in the heated outdoor pool.

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Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight has a fantastic seaside location just above the beach, making it one of our most popular locations for a family summer holiday. Hop over to the island to have your choice of wonderful walks with an experienced leader, access to the coast, the opportunity to hunt for dinosaur footprints and the chance to collect the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay.

New for families in 2021, explore the UK's oldest national park with it's pretty villages, limestone valleys and outcrops of millstone grit. The Peak District is easily accessible from our country house Peveril of the Peak and opens up adventures to Chatsworth House, along the Tissington Trail and opportunities to refuel with a bakewell slice where it was created!

So, don’t just have a family summer holiday - go on a real family outdoor adventure!

Did you know? Under 18s go FREE on our UK Family Walking Adventures.

FAMILY SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2021

Isle of Wight

Freshwater Bay House

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Brecon Beacons

Nythfa House

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Shropshire Hills

Longmynd House

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Northern Lake District

Derwent Bank

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North York Moors

Larpool Hall

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Peak District

Peveril of the Peak

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Southern Yorkshire Dales

Newfield Hall

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Walking and Activity Holidays

Start planning your family adventure

Start by using the HF Holiday search tool. It let’s you dive into our wide range of holidays according to all sorts of criteria – where you want to go, what style of walking you like, when you want to travel, which UK country house you want to visit and more.
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