Pushchair and Buggy Friendly Walks in Devon and Dorset
When you come on holiday and you don’t know the area, it’s often difficult to know where to go for a walk if you’ve got little ones. We’ve put together some local ideas for you to try with these Pushchair and Buggy Friendly Walks in Devon and Dorset.. These places are also great for the whole family, where older siblings who no longer need a pushchair with 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!
Please accept our caveat that although we have walked most of these routes myself, we’ve not actually tested them all with a pushchair. Do let us 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 (you can read about that route here)– sadly not buggy friendly though.
Langdon Hill Woods near Chiddeock is a lovely circular walk – a bit more than a 1 mile in total. Check out the guide on the Flips flops or Wellies blog 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 – take your NT card or cash for the machine. 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
Westbay near Bridport is the location now famously known at Broadchurch. There is a long the sea defence at West Bay 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.
We have to admit we’ve not done this walk but I keep hearing about it and Killerton is also a lovely days out.
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 the Flip Flops or Wellies blog here. No dogs are allowed at the reserve.