If you make your way to Dalby Forest (just under half an hour away from Harwood Dale by car) there’s a route called A Taste of Dalby Forest which take its walkers along Thornton Dale. If you tend to find long forest walks a little bit samey then this one’s perfect as it takes in village, river and woodland scenery to keep things interesting.
That said, one of the nicest things about Dalby Forest is its accessibility - it’s so big that it’s been divided into hundreds of walking trails so there’s one to suit every walker and every level of fitness. If you’re after a shortish one you can complete with the children in tow then try the Dalby Beck Walk (Red). Two and a half miles long, this trail starts at Dalby Courtyard and follows open forest lanes through some of the oldest parts of the forest and it sticks to level routes that don’t get as muddy as other areas.
Dalby Beck Walk (Yellow) starts at Dalby Visitor Centre and has a difficulty rating of moderate. This is a three mile route that takes in views across Dalby Dale. Please take care if the weather’s been wet as some of the stone paths on this route tend to get slippery.