Pushchair and Buggy Friendly Walks in Devon and Dorset
As a family we no longer need to think about walks suitable for pushchairs, but it is something I get asked about quite often. These places are also great for older siblings or friends who no longer need a pushchair. Great safe spaces for them to run along and explore.
Equally if you have relatives or friends in a wheel chair or with mobility issues, then new accessible walks are something you might be keen to discover. In fact even if you are just trying to avoid the muddy fields then this list may be helpful!
So here are my ideas for accessible pushchair and buggy friendly walks in Devon and Dorset. Please accept my caveat that although I have walked most of these routes myself, I’ve not actually tested them with a pushchair. Do let me know if they have become unsuitable for any reason or make some other suggestions for me to add.
Langdon Hill Woods – Chideock, Dorset
Situated at the Western end of the Golden Cap Estate, Langdon Woods marks the start of a great short walk to Golden Cap itself – a fabulous cliff top view point.
However in winter or with little ones that may not be such a great idea. There are fields to cross and some step steps. Instead take the push chair friendly circuit around Langdon Hill Woods. A lovely circular walk – a bit more than a 1 mile in total. Check out my guide to the walk here – just keep going round the woods instead of heading off up to Golden Cap. Also see here for the National Trust guide.
During the summer months if you are a member of the Countryside Mobility scheme, you can hire a National Trust tramper for this route which is a fantastic scheme.
Parking at the National Trust Car Park. Langdon Hill car park: grid ref: SY412930, nearest postcode DT6 6EP
Stonebarrow Hill is part of the National Trust Golden Cap Estate high above Charmouth. As well as a number of criss crossing grassy footpaths all over this side of Golden Cap, there is also one long straight level gravel track. It stretches from the car park (National Trust pay and display) for approx 1 km (return the same way) making it a good walk with toddlers or a buggy.
If you are happy to go off road then there are marked trails and posts with pirate themed rubbing plaques which are great for little ones to find. There will be an Easter Egg trail there on 30th and 31st March 2018.
Add in an amazing view across to Golden Cap and this is a great walk. Parking at Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth DT6 6RA
I only recently realised how long the sea defence at West Bay stretches so this makes a great walk for all ages. Lovely and flat, perfect for pushchairs, scooters, wheelchairs or anyone looking for an easy walk. From the harbour to the end of the wall its just under 1/2 mile.
There are a number of car park options in West Bay. A large long stay one on the way into West Bay is the cheapest and adds to the walk by about another 1/2 mile. Short stay options nearer the harbour. To make it even better there are plenty of tea, cake and chip options close to hand! For the serial browser there’s the lovely vintage and antiques centre called the Customs House.
Seaton and Lyme Regis
Both these towns also have great seafront esplanades perfect for pushchair walks.
Seaton seafront is 1 km from end to end with the option for older children to run on the beach alongside in full view. Walk to the end of the seafront to reach the Hideway Cafe for a refreshment break with a view.
At Lyme Regis you can walk all the way from the Cobb harbour wall end of the town until you see Charmouth! Head along the seafront and beaches and then carry on round to the new sea defence wall.
With lovely views of Golden Cap and the Jurassic Coast this is popular walk. When the tide is out it’s great for rock pooling here as well.
The Byes Riverside Walk – Sidmouth
A popular walk and cycle path, this is a well used route from Sidmouth to Sidford along the river.
It’s a good flat path all the way with grassy areas, benches and a tumbling weir. People sometimes spot a kingfisher and other wildlife. There’s a play park and open areas at the Sidmouth end as well as the dog free Community Orchard.
The start of the Byes Riverside Park in Sidmouth is where Salcombe Road meet Milford Road with entrance to the parkland next to the Byes Toll House. The walk all the way to Sidford is approximately 1 mile.
If you start in Sidford there’s a small free car park by the Social Club hall ( EX10 9QX) or a pay and display behind Sidford Spar. Join the path near the Salty Monk.
Clyston Mill to Killerton – Near Exeter
Described as a flat surfaced path from beginning to end it is about 3 miles in each direction. This cycle path runs through lovely East Devon countryside with the wonderful Killerton National Trust to enjoy as well. You can also make use of the Red Lion pub in Broadclyst or use the village shop for refreshment breaks. There is a bus route (the No 1) if you can plan your walk to work in with that.
I have to admit I’ve not done this walk but I keep hearing about it.
A beautiful nature reserve in the heart of East Devon, Seaton Wetlands is a lovely place for a walk. Completely accessible with tarmac paths as well as boardwalks this has been designed with access in mind. Enjoy the peace and quiet and look for birds from the hides. The Wetlands team also run events throughout the year to help keep youngsters entertained on the route round. Take a look at the write up already on my blog here. No dogs are allowed at the reserve.
Putting this list together has made me realise that I don’t need to get the wellies out every time we go for a walk in the winter.
What ever your circumstances then I hope you will find some new ideas here for walks. I am sure there are lots more so please feel free to suggest other places that you know of.
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