List of walks suitable for pushchairs
The following walks are suitable for pushchairs, some in part, some for the complete walk.
I’ve reflected our experience and hopefully this prevails but circumstances can change.
The detail below provides a useful guide, however, please do contact us if there is any further information that you feel would be of help as the objective is: Walking for families made easy.
Key to location is in the Walk ID
LD = Lake District
YD = Yorkshire Dales
PD = Peak District
NY = North Yorkshire
WY = West Yorkshire
Walk ID Location Pushchair suitability
YD03 Burnsall Only suitable between Burnsall and the suspension bridge
The one mile stretch to a narrow footbridge is delightful and
well worth doing – we’ve done it many times it’s a lovely walk.
YD04 Swinsty Suitable all the way around, part of the way uses an easy
access route which is marked on the map and detailed in the
Route Details on the download.
LD06 Elterwater Suitable for pushchairs along the entire length of the walk.
LD07 Latrigg The path is suitable for pushchairs, however, you may need to
return via the same route where the path gives way to a grassy
track, depending on the prevailing conditions.
LD08 Tarn Hows Suitable for pushchairs on the entire route with good paths.
WY14 Butterley The path on the circular walk is not suitable for pushchairs.
However, people do take pushchairs on the ‘there and back’ linear walk
along the track to nearby reservoirs, a nice walk.
LD15 Blea Tarn This is suitable for pushchairs using the road which snakes
up the hill, you can then follow the road around the Tarn or
take the suggested walking route (this is a little rough so
in the guide I suggest its only suitable for all-terrain buggies.)
At worst there is only a small section you may wish to avoid
(roughly points 5-6 a few hundred yards on the route map).
The scenery is breathtaking so do try the walk, the route map
also details an alternate car park so you can remove the climb.
LD16 Loweswater You can get ¾ of the way round but thereafter the path has
tree roots, stiles and duckboards as it progresses through the
woods and across a boggy field. The beauty of the place, however,
makes it worth doing a ‘there and back’ walk.
LD17 Buttermere You can circuit the reservoir with a pushchair but by using
a different return route along the road (which is marked on
the route detail map) as opposed to the lake side path. The
return journey along the road is equally as good. The scenery
is fantastic and provides for a wonderful walk.
LD18 Brothers Water Suitable for pushchairs for a good half of the circuit, a return
along the road is not recommended as there is no path for
much of the way – though it is possible. For safety, suggest
a ‘there and back’ along the western side of the lake. The route
map highlights the pushchair route and a convenient place to turn
round might be the Brothers Water Inn !
WY21 Hardcastle Crags The walking route is not suitable for pushchairs, however, there
is a tarmac lane which provides a good ‘there and back’ alternative
for a similar length walk taking in Gibson Mill.
YD22 Bolton Abbey Suitable for pushchairs, although pushchairs with a wider
wheelbase may have to cross the ford rather than the footbridge
(most will cross the footbridge). On the return, the pushchair route
follows the access lane which is marked on the route map.
WY23 Newmillerdam Suitable for pushchairs all way round.
WY25 Ogden Water Suitable for pushchairs all way round.
NY27 Goathland Suitable for pushchairs.
WY30 Slaithwaite Suitable for pushchairs using a different starting point. The
walk becomes a ‘there and back’ journey along the canal.
The start point and return route are marked in the route details.
WY34 Digley The route has some easy paths for pushchairs but is also rugged
and bumpy in places. You need 2 people to be able to carry the
pushchair over these sections. The 23 steps have metal rails either
side, the climb from the dam head between Digby and Bilberry
reservoirs is narrow and fairly steep with some big boulder steps.
We did it - it's not that hard, just be prepared, you'll still enjoy the
PD35 Dove Stone The shorter, 3 mile circuit of the reservoir has a good track all way
around. The circuit can be done in either direction, however, it is easier
done anticlockwise as described.
WY36 Ilkley A gentle walk for pushchairs. The start has an immediate descent of
around 20 steps, this is easily managaged with 2 people, however, there
is also a 'kissing gate' to pass through further on. The alternative is to
carry on along the footpath to turn left on to Denton Road and follow the
road until it nears the Old Bridge, then veer left to cross the bridge.
This alternative is marked on the route map and does not spoil the walk.
WY38 Otley Chevin A great walk for pushchairs. The route starts at the same point as the main
walk but then deviates to complete a smaller circuit in the opposite direction
to the main walk. Doing it this way, the walk is slightly shorter but easier in
that it keeps you along better paths and it involves less uphill gradient.
The pushchair route is detailed on the map. There are a couple of muddy
sections but these can be easily bypassed.