Family-friendly walking maps released for holidays

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FAMILIES are being encouraged to get outdoors and take to the countryside during the school summer holidays.

Oxfordshire County Council has released new family-friendly online walking maps, which cover rural routes all under one and a half miles.

The routes take in a range of landscapes which include meadows, woodlands, nature reserves, rivers and lakes.

Maps and information on how to access green space in urban areas of the county are also now available to view. The highlighted areas are close to several county council children’s centres.

Families can also take advantage of suggested countryside activities, which are aimed at children aged three to 11. Fun outdoor opportunities range from learning about camouflage to listening to a countryside concert.

People wanting longer treks can explore circular walks which take in some of the county’s most beautiful areas of countryside, such as the Windrush Valley and the Chilterns.