As more people grow to love scrambling in the UK’s mountains, we see more requests for recommendations of scrambles that are suitable for children. So here we look at what makes a good family-friendly scramble and also offer you some suggestions to get your kids outdoors on a high! (Please note however, this article does not attempt to replace a guide-book. To learn further information of exact locations, approaches and route descriptions, the guide books listed at the bottom of the page do this job best).
What makes a good family-friendly scramble?
A good family-friendly scramble should in the first place be easily located. Often scrambles can be co-located with graded rock climbs or adjacent to harder scrambles. For example, scrambling on Tryfan is brilliant, but it is so easy to wander off onto harder, more technical terrain than which you intended to enjoy that day. You also want these scrambles to be easily followed: you don’t want to be constantly looking for the line of the route. This helps you remain on that easier terrain whilst at the same time concentrating on your children and the adventure. The route should not be overly commiting and hence there should be plenty of opportunities to escape from the outset. Finally, as little walking as possible will also be much appreciated from those with the shorter legs too! So here I present five (tried and tested), recommended scrambles, suitable for children.