When the weather is fine and you need to get you and your little one out of the house, what better way than to enjoy some fresh air and exercise and head out for a pushchair walk. Despite it being a busy central city, London has some fantastic pushchair friendly walks for you to try, either in the city or in surrounding suburbs and areas. So pump up your pram tyres, put on your trainers and go for a walk in London!
Here's a few walking locations to get you started:
Even in the busiest parts of Londons, there's still plenty of pushchair friendly walks to be found. These walks may even take you past some of the popular sites of London or spectacular views over rivers or gardens, as well some great cafes, pubs and restaurants.
1. The Royal Parks
There are eight stunning Royal Parks across London to enjoy, providing beautiful green spaces to relax in and escape the busyness of the city.
The parks are generally flat with excellent footpaths (perfect for pushchairs) and traffic free. Some are equipped with cafes and toilets, should you need a break during your walk and some have playgrounds in, perfect for entertaining toddlers and older children.
Check out our review on one of London's Royal Parks, Bushy Park, located in South West London.
2. Thames Path National Trail
Stretching for 184 miles through England runs the River Thames. There are plenty of walking paths and trails to follow along the Thames, either in London or just out of. Most are pushchair friendly, though be mindful of potential stairs you may find in order to cross bridges or locks.
Along the way, there's so many sites to see, from the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye within the City to the magnificent Hampton Court Palace, beautiful Kew Gardens and Marble Hill House within the surrounding London suburbs. Check out the Thames Path National Trail website for more information and to plan your visit.
3. See The Sites
What better way to see the sites of London and soak in all it's greatness than on foot, along with the company of your little one in their buggy. As London's underground is not 100% pushchair friendly, walking is often the much easier option for mums with prams.
Stroll over Westminster bridge and get panoramic views up the river and to sights like the London Eye, wander through Piccadilly and Leister Square or enjoy the amazing street performers in trendy Covent Gardens. Head on down from Trafalgar Square along The Mall or through St James's Park to Buckingham Palace and watch the fabulous Changing of the Guard. Your choices are endless for a walk full of sightseeing!
4. Morden Hall Park
A beautiful National Trust park located in Morden is Morden Hall Park where parents can find endless walks throughout the park, with suitable footpaths for pushchairs. Follow a path alongside the River Wandle, which winds through the park and stroll over the delightful little foot bridges and watch the water mills.
The park had been referred to as an "Oasis in Surburbia" and is popular during Autumn to witness the sea of orange as the tree leaves change colour.
5. Little Venice to Camden
This circular walk is easy and picturesque, taking you alongside the Regent's Canal, past pretty houseboats, Nash Regency houses and London Zoo before reaching Camden Lock. There is, of course, no shortage of wonderful cafes, shops and restaurants along the way to stop in. If you're feeling energetic, head out for the whole loop walk or stop at Camden and head home from there.
To start the walk, start from Warwick Avenue tube station and head towards Little Venice.
6. South Bank: Tate Modern to Jubilee Gardens
If you're close by to Central London or visiting for the day, the beautiful and vibrant South Bank, running alongside the River Thames, provides a fantastic walk for parents with prams. The footpaths are wide and the terrain is flat, plus there's plenty to see and do along the way.
An easy and delightful walk to try is the popular Tate Modern to Jubilee Gardens walk. This short walk, which takes roughly 20 minutes, allows you to soak in the sights along the South Bank, such as the Oxo Tower, the South Bank Centre and the Houses of Parliament before reaching the London Eye at Jubilee Gardens. There's plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants along the way too.
One of the foot bridges at Morden Hall Park. Photo Credit: National Trust website
London Suburbs and Surrounding Areas:
If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Central London or don't fancy making the journey into the city, check out these wonderful walks, all located in surrounding London suburbs and areas not too far away.
1. Richmond to Ham House
The area of Richmond, in South West London, is beautiful and very family friendly. There is plenty to do in Richmond itself, with shops and cafes, plus the delightful Richmond Green to walk around or sit and enjoy an ice cream.
However, if you're up for a slightly longer walk (4.5 miles to be precise), then check out the Richmond to Ham House walk. This walk takes you from Richmond station, through Richmond Park (where you can stop and enjoy the view of the city up on Richmond Hill) and on to Ham House. Along the way, there is a playground for the kids and a pub to stop at.
2. Painshill Park, Cobham
For some beautiful walking trails situated within an 18th Century landscaped park, head to Painshill Park in Cobham. Walk options include woodland trails and lakeside paths. There are toilets and a cafe located within the park too.
3. Virginia Water, Surrey
Virginia Water is a favourite amongst families, with its magnificent lake to have a pleasant and easy stroll around, making it very suitable for pushchairs. It's also dog friendly, so bring your four legged friends along for some exercise too.
There's a car park on site, as well as toilets and a cafe.
3. Knole Park, Kent
Knole Park in Kent is a stunning place for a walk, with plenty to see and do, including catching a sight of the magnificent resident deer. There's also grand showrooms to visit and the Gatehouse Tower to climb.
If you're looking for a walk suitable for the whole family, check out this family walk at Knole. This easy trail, which is dog friendly, takes you on a 3 mile walk through stunning scenery in this medieval park. Keep your eyes peeled for deer!