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My Favourite Pram-Friendly Walks in Hampshire

By Sarah Frost – 14th January 2021

Pram-friendly walks in Hampshire

In Hampshire we are lucky to have miles of countryside to explore, after all, 45% of the county is covered by the New Forest and South Downs National Parks. I share a lot of walk ideas over on Instagram, and one of the questions I am frequently asked is ‘Is this walk pram-friendly?’. 

From June, I will be pushing my own pram around the county and will be testing these ideas thoroughly. I’ve already begun considering manoeuvering a buggy whilst squeezing myself through some rather tight kissing gates on my current routes. In the meantime though I have researched accessible walks, and gathered lots of ideas from my Instagram community. I’ve walked many of these routes without a pram, so here are my favourite pram-friendly walks in Hampshire. I’ve divided them very roughly into areas whilst the guidance is still to stay local; but many of these are wonderful in Spring and Summer so do visit them when possible.

 

North Hampshire

 

Fleet Pond

 

An easy 3km loop trail around a lake in Fleet. This walk can get busy on sunny days, but it is a lovely one for families. There are pond dipping areas around the lake for children and lots of shade provided by the surrounding trees.

 

Basingstoke

 

As it’s my hometown I will mention a few routes here which are pram-friendly, and can also easily be linked together for a longer walk. There’s Crabtree Plantation with free parking, and a gravel path that runs alongside the woods. At the bottom of the hill is a play area and zip wire, and you can continue down to visit Black Dam ponds and park to feed the ducks and swans. 

You can also walk between here and the War Memorial park, where there are more large green recreational fields, another play area and a skate park. From here you could also walk to Eastrop Park. This is a great space, especially from Spring when the boating lake and kiosk open. Eastrop is next to Festival Place shopping centre and is also home to a paddling pool, play area and public toilets. 

 

Alice Holt Forest

 

The forest here straddles the Hampshire/Surrey border and there is a car park charge. However, once you’re there it’s great for walks with and without a pram. There is a café and plenty of picnic space, and also a Go Ape for older children.

Mid Hampshire

 

Alresford Millennium Trail

 

Alresford is a lovely town on the Watercress Line, and we often park at the station. The Millenium Trail is about a mile long and well signposted. Although it can get a little muddy and narrow in some places, it is pram-friendly. There are usually ducks and swans along the river, and the 13th Century Fulling Mill is probably one of the most Instagrammable spots in the town.

For more information see http://www.alresford.org/millen.php 

 

Chawton Park Wood

 

This woodland area is situated within the South Downs National Park. With a pram, it would be best to stick to the main gravel track for your walk, but there are other paths and trails to explore if you use a baby carrier. Jane Austen was a frequent visitor of these walks and took lots of inspiration from them. These woods are also stunning in bluebell season.

 

Hogmoor Inclosure

 

In the Bordon area is this 54-hectare area of woodland and heathland. It’s popular with families due to the large adventure playground with zip wire and sand play. There are a few circular trails that are pram-friendly and full of sculptures to look out for.

 

New Forest

 

Tall Trees Trail

 

This is a 3.7km loop trail near Brockenhurst, starting from Blackwater car park. It’s easy and flat with mostly gravel paths. The scenery is beautiful and you can spot lots of tall trees (hence the name) including Douglas Fir and Redwoods.

 

Acres Down Woodland

 

Near the small village of Minstead is the Acres Down car park, which is reached by driving through a ford so do consider the weather. From here there is a 4.3km loop trail consisting of wide gravel paths and gentle slopes. You are more than likely to see plenty of New Forest ponies on this walk, but please don’t try and feed or stroke them. 

 

Exbury Gardens

 

You do need to pay an entry fee here but the accessible trails are beautiful in all seasons. Rhododendron season is a particular highlight, as is Autumn with all the red and orange trees. The pram-friendly trails are clearly marked and there is a Steam Railway and play area to entertain young children as well. For more information see my blog post here.

 

South Hampshire

 

Southsea

 

The coast is often an easy way to find a pram-friendly walk due to lengthy promenades. Southsea is one of my favourite coastal towns to visit in Hampshire and you can walk a long way along the seafront. At the Eastern end, you’ll find the Canoe Lake, and if you’re that way the Tenth Hole café is definitely worth a detour to. Towards Portsmouth, you’ll find Clarence Pier, a number of amusements and you can watch the hovercrafts travel to the Isle of Wight. If you want to, it’s just a mile walk along to Portsmouth itself.

 

Lepe Country Park

 

On a clear day you can see Cowes on the Isle of Wight easily from Lepe. You can walk along the seafront, or in the green park area which also hosts a play area. Being a country park you’ll benefit from public toilets and a café here as well.

 

There are of course many more accessible walks, but these are a selection of my favourite pram-friendly walks in Hampshire.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Sarah x

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