Pram Friendly Walks in the Lake District
Getting out and about with a pram can be quite challenging if you want to get outdoors but don’t know the terrain. Holiday cottages are the perfect place to stay when you have a young family as you can move at your own pace and at your own (or your toddlers’) schedule. Having outdoor walks and adventures with babies and toddlers in tow can be a challenge but the Lake District has a range of walks suitable for all (including prams).
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Many families will have kids of different ages which can mean that getting the balance right is challenging when finding a walk. The good news is that the local authorities for the Lake District have done a great deal of work to make sure that all abilities, ages and preferences are catered for.
Some of the pram-friendly walks we’ll be looking at here not only run around beautiful lakes but allow you to explore wonderful woodlands and nature trails at the same time. You might even have time to break off and have a quick picnic and all are only a short drive from your holiday cottage in Coniston.
Brockhole is an extremely popular area for tourists all year round and you’ll find plenty of families with kids of all ages, including those in prams, exploring all it has to offer. There are plenty of different paths, a few parks with playgrounds where the older kids can burn off some energy and lots of other amenities including treetop treks for those with an adventurous bent.
The best way to get to Brockhole is to take a relaxing trip on a boat across Windermere. It’s a brilliant adventure for the kids and there are some wonderful views to see along the way. Other places that are pram friendly in the general area include Wray Castle and the surrounding grounds where you can also get refreshments.
Grizedale Forest, East of Coniston
You may think that a parkland area like Grizedale Forest is only for teenagers and adults who like a good hike. True, there are plenty of challenging routes and activities in the area but there are also a few pram-friendly walks that you can take advantage of.
The Bogle Crag walk goes along clear pathways and takes in everything from ancient trees to modern sculptures and is perfect for young families. The Milwood Trail is less of a challenge and goes round in a loop back to the visitor centre. Along the way on most routes are places to stop and have a picnic or rest up and watch the world go by.
Sizergh Castle, East of Windermere
If you want to almost guarantee that there’s going to be a walk that is family and pram friendly, it’s always a good idea to choose a National Trust property. To the east of Lake Windermere lies Sizergh Castle which dates back to the 14th century. There are numerous walks of various lengths here and some excellent pathways through woodland, past ponds, lakes and rivers and rock gardens.
This medieval castle is perfect for kids of all ages and, if you’re pushing a pram around, there are plenty of places to stop and have a rest and watch the world go by. It’s great to visit any time of year but is especially spectacular during the autumn when the woodland starts to change colour.
Wherever you plan to stay in the Lake District, most areas have at least one or two pram friendly trails and footpaths. Whether you’re visiting in the heat of summer or enjoying the springtime daffodils, there’s certainly plenty to see and do.