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The Best Pram Friendly Walks in Cheshire

By Jenny Schippers – 13th January 2020
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The Best Pram Friendly Walks in Cheshire

 

 

Accessible Walks for All in Cheshire

 

Whether you are a wheelchair user, pushing a pram or have an older child with a scooter or bike, it is often very tricky and sometimes almost impossible to navigate many public footpaths in Cheshire. These well-trodden trails can be muddy, filled with potholes, and sometimes even hazardous to anyone other than the most experienced daily joggers and dog walkers.

Whilst on maternity leave with both my children, I really struggled to think of new routes within Cheshire that I could easily push my pram one-handed whilst holding that much-needed cup of coffee! Now my children are older, the challenge comes in finding them somewhere that they can safely scoot or ride their bikes, away from roads and traffic, come rain or shine.

 

The Power of the Girl About Cheshire Community

 

All that being said, I thought it was about time that I included a list, along with some brilliant suggestions from my followers at @girlabout.cheshire, of the accessible walking routes we recommend in Cheshire. I really hope that this list allows you the opportunity to explore safe walks both close to home and further afield once lockdown is lifted, and it is safe to travel again.

The Best Pram Friendly Walks in Cheshire

 

 

Walton Hall & Gardens Estate

Higher Walton, Warrington, WA4 6SN

Starting with a place I know well; Walton Gardens has a network of paved paths perfect for all. There is also an excellent enclosed playground, a Children’s Zoo, two toilet blocks, the Heritage café, crazy golf, formal gardens, and a new high ropes course opening in Spring 2021. There are plenty of lawns to allow for safe biking/scootering during the Summer months and picnic areas/benches throughout. Parking is plentiful and is available to pre-pay using the RingGo app, or cash on arrival.

 

Dunham Massey

Altrincham, WA14 4SJ

This National Trust property is accessible throughout, the paved paths start at the car park and carry on past the reception/café area and into the parkland. The two main avenues are paved and perfectly accessible to all. Once you leave the paths, the parkland is uneven and wooded however the formal gardens (free to National Trust members) also have a network of hard stone paths that are easy to use, unless very wet. Onsite there are two toilet blocks, a restaurant, ice cream parlour, café, and shop. The main house is currently closed but you can follow their website for updates on reopening and other events throughout the year. The car park is vast and free to National Trust members, non-members pay £7 per car to park.

 

Castle Park, Frodsham

Frodsham, WA6 6SE

Castle Park is located just off Frodsham high street and it really is a real hidden gem. Set within 9 acres, there are several paved walking trails, some hilly, around the formal gardens, open lawns, wooded areas, and surrounding the vast children’s play area. There are also toilets, picnic tables, a café and ice cream parlour all within easy reach. The parking is free and there are approximately 30 spaces so ensure you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

 

Grappenhall Heys to Grappenhall Village

Appleton, WA4 3DS

The picturesque walled garden that once belonged to the wider Grappenhall Heys Estate stands as an oasis surrounded by new-build housing. Open Tuesday to Sunday the walled garden itself is paved throughout however, there are some wide steps up into the kitchen garden and café area. You can easily walk (scooters/bikes to be pushed) along the flat paved path past the two ornamental ponds before exiting through the opposite gate. From here turn left and then right down the paved path towards Grappenhall village centre. The route takes you alongside Grappenhall Cricket Club before crossing the road and down the bridleway opposite. Once you come out the other side, you are greeted by the picture-postcard village of Grappenhall itself. Enjoy a drink in one of the two local pubs (post lockdown) whilst listening to the church bells of St.Wilfrid’s play (don’t forget to look for the Cheshire Cat on the side wall of the Church).

 

Victoria Park, Widnes

Bishop Road, WA10 6TX

The Green Flag awarded Victoria Park in Widnes is everything a great municipal park should be – wide open footpaths, an accessible café, and toilets alongside a vast children’s play area complete with water park for the summer months. There is also an abundance of lawns and plenty of benches throughout. To appeal to all ages, there is a climbing walk, basketball court, butterfly house, skate park, an ornamental lake, and the fantastic Espositos café serving breakfast, lunch, and ice creams. Parking is free on the roads surrounding the park, please be mindful of residents at busy times.

 

Nantwich Riverside Loop

Nantwich, CW5 5ED

This three-mile circular route which begins in Nantwich town centre is accessible in parts; from the aqueduct along the Welsh Rows and along the Riverside walk to Nantwich Lake. The trail runs alongside the River Weaver in this section towards the lake. At this point, you can choose to enjoy a coffee and a sit down before looping back to the beginning via the delightful town centre or you could, if able, continue across the fields. This section of the walk is not accessible to wheelchair users or those with prams however as it crosses several styles and incorporates steps. Alternatively, you could choose to begin at the aqueduct again and follow the Shropshire Union Canal (muddy in parts) which runs down to Green Lane Bridge. Parking is available at Nantwich Lake and in the town centre itself.

 

Salt Line between Sandbach and Alsager

Hassall Green, CW11 4YB

Following the disused railway line, this 1.5 mile route between Sandbach and Alsager is mostly flat and well surfaced throughout. The route runs parallel with the Barrow Pit Meadows which includes woodland, meadows, and grassland covering approximately 40 acres. You can access Barrow Pit from various points along the Salt Line however it is inaccessible in parts to wheelchairs/prams. Parking for the Salt Line is located near Hassall Green and there are regular seating/picnic tables along the route.

 

Trans Pennine Trail between Lymm and Grappenhall

Statham Avenue, Lymm, WA13 9AQ

This national coast to coast route is popular with walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. There are various sections of the trail, as it passes through Cheshire, that is accessible to wheelchair users and prams. Parking on Statham Avenue in Lymm and walking the trail towards Grappenhall is a relatively flat, surfaced section of the trail. There are access control points along the route so be sure to check the website for the width of these before choosing this walk (they should be fine for most conventional prams and standard size wheelchairs). This is a lovely walk to combine with a stop at any of the pubs close to the trail including the Little Manor, Pickering Arms, and The Springbrook.

 

Black Bear Park to Victoria Park, Warrington

Loushers Lane, Warrington, WA4 2RD

Black Bear Park located in Latchford runs the length of what was the Black Bear Canal towards Victoria Park in Warrington. You can begin this linear walk at various points, opposite Morrisons in Stockton Heath Village (here the path offshoots from the Trans Pennine Trail) or at the playground on Loushers Lane. The paved path is fully accessible and suitable in all weathers. Victoria Park includes a children’s play area, running track, skate park, various walking trails, and access to Howley and Latchford via the pretty pedestrian suspension bridge.

 

Marbury Country Park

Comberbach, CW9 6AT

This public park located close to Northwich and the Anderton Boat Life is open to the public 9am-8pm (5pm Oct-March), there is ample pay & display car parking, toilets, and often a coffee/snack van in attendance. Throughout the park, there is a network of paved paths/hard surfaced routes as well as woodland trails. The park also has a children’s play area, picnic area, bird hides surrounding the mere, and benches along the walking routes. The lime tree avenue is impressive regardless of the season and the wide-open lawns are perfect for young children to play and practice on their bikes/scooters.

 

Astbury Mere Country Park

Congleton, CW12 4FP

Occupying the site of a former sand quarry, Astbury Mere Country Park is a 14-acre parkland and mere just 10 minutes’ walk from Congleton town centre. There is an easy access trail to follow around the mere as well as wheelchair rental available from the visitor centre (ensure to make contact in advance). The park consists of a community orchard, watersports (seasonal), fishing (members only), and a mobile catering van during peak times.

 

Brereton Heath Nature Reserve

Congleton, CW12 4SU

Like Astbury Mere, Brereton Heath Nature Reserve was a sand quarry and is now a nature reserve comprising a 15-acre lake and 50 acres of woodland surrounding. There is a circular accessible trail as well as wildlife meadows and wetland areas. There is a pay & display car park, toilets, picnic areas, and a visitor centre.

 

The Moor, Knutsford

Knutsford, WA16 6DX

This relatively small local park, located in the centre of the pretty market town of Knutsford, is a safe area to take an accessible walk. The paved path runs adjacent to the Southern tip of Knutsford Mere and there is a pleasant, designated picnic area. The playground is vast and there is also a huge, grassed area perfect for children on bikes. The Tatton Perk coffee van visits on a Sunday (check social media for updates) and it is only a short walk onto the main high street, although there is a steep hill, and the paths are narrow. Pay & display car parking is available across the road from the park on King’s Street and a further five-minute walk brings you to the gates of the Tatton Park estate. Aside from the main drive, however, is not truly accessible to wheelchairs or prams due to rough terrain.

 

Middlewood Way

Bollington, SK10 5JT

The Middlewood Way, an eleven-mile traffic-free greenway from Macclesfield to Marple, runs along the former railway line that once serviced the thriving coal-mining industry of the area. There is parking in Bollington and also at the Nelson Pit Visitor Centre in Higher Poynton, from where you can access the Macclesfield Canal at Poynton Marina. The hard surface is flat throughout however there are currently resurfacing works to the path so check for updates on the government website (linked here) before attempting. The popular village of Poynton is worth a stop on route and its shared space scheme allows for easy access to the high street.

 

Culcheth Linear Park

Wigshaw Lane, Warrington, WA3 4AB

This 1.5-mile linear walk offers a flat and accessible route along the disused Lowton-Manchester line of the local railway network. There are several benches and picnic spots along the route alongside artwork by local children.

 

Queens Park, Crewe

Victoria Avenue, CW2 7SE

This vast, 45-acre park located in Crewe is fully accessible from the main entrance on Victoria Avenue and from the three other entrances on Queens Park Drive. Within the park, there is an ornamental lake, a children’s play area, an outdoor gym, toilets, and gardens to enjoy.

 

Remember to tag me in your adventures on Instagram @girlabout.cheshire and by using the hashtag #makingmemoriesincheshire

 

Enjoy!

Jenny x

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