5 fantastic buggy friendly walks in Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 08:44 14 July 2020
Rachel Girtchen from the Muddy Boots Mummy blog shares her favourite family friendly walks from across the county.
Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail
What you can expect: Take the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Goathland to Grosmont and follow the well sign-posted old railway line back. It’s one of my favourite ever routes.
The route: A little under 4 miles, the route climbs a little hill at Grosmont (the trickiest part of a walk with the buggy) and rejoins the train lines next to old carriages. After this the path meanders through woodlands and fields- it’s just beautiful.
Good to knows: Places to eat and drink in both Grosmont and Goathland, and make sure to stop off at the great little Beck Hole pub (unfortunately you’ll have to stay outside the main bar with children). There is a sweet shop though- hurrah!
Woodlesford Lock, Leeds
What you can expect: This short walk is perfect for young families! Not only can you enjoy the canal’s boats and locks, but there are wooden sculptures of the Gruffalo, Olaf and Shrek to look out for.
The route: Start at Woodlesford lock, and walk up the surfaced path to Fishpond Lock. You can cross here and walk down the other side of the canal (although it can get muddy in wet weather). It’s just under 2 miles in total.
Good to knows: Other than picnic areas there are no facilities on the route, but you may wish to stop in at the local pubs in Woodlesford.
Fewston Reservoir, Nidderdale
What you can expect: A picturesque walk around this beautiful reservoir just north of Otley.
The route: A four-mile circular route from one of two car parks. This should be easy to navigate- but people often get it wrong by not realising that Swinsty and Fewston are next to each other (and consequently walk the 7 miles around both!). A road separates the two reservoirs, so make sure that you don’t cross it!
Good to knows: There are two car parks, but only toilet facilities at the Swinsty and Fewston Carpark (the larger one). This also has picnic benches and usually an ice cream van.
Walton Colliery, Wakefield
What you can expect: A pretty nature reserve with lakes, wildflowers and beautiful woodland.
The route: Marked posts help your navigation around the reserve; the red route is 3km long, and gives you glimpses of the Lakes and woodland on gritted paths.
Good to knows: The car park off Shay Lane gives access to the main paths, but the only red route is the one suitable for a buggy throughout. There are no toilet facilities, but there are amenities in the nearby Walton and Crofton.
Damflask Reservoir, Sheffield
What you can expect: A flat and easy path around this lovely reservoir, with plenty to see on the way round.
The route: A 3.5km circuit of the reservoir. Starting at the damn means that you can stop half way round at the village of Low Bradfield, where you can use the amenities there (including lunch at one of our favourite cafes, the child-friendly School Rooms).
Good to knows: There is a small section of the walk on a quiet road. A children’s activity pack is available from Flask End shop in Low Bradfield.
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