Guarding the gateway to southwest England, Avon and Somerset is fantastic walking country. From its backdrop of lush rolling hills to the Somerset Levels and dramatic coastal paths, Avon and Somerset offers a little of everything. Home to the King Arthur’s legendary kingdom of Avalon and the site of Glastonbury Tor and the ley lines, Somerset is shrouded in tales of mystery and magic that will inspire children to get out and exploring. For those who like a view, the Mendip Hills and dramatic Cheddar Gorge offer plenty of uphill challenge whilst the Exmoor National Park provides wilderness walking for keen hiker. Children armed with buckets and spades will also not go disappointed with plenty of beautiful coastline waiting to be explored and the foodies amongst you can enjoy visiting the home of Cheddar cheese and scrumpy.
Below are listed a selection of suggested walks in Avon and Somerset for those hiking with babies in carriers or pushchairs. Alternatively the following links offer ideas and route suggestions to get you and the kids out in the West Country fresh air. Unfortunately there is not extensive information for buggy and pushchair walkers in the region – don’t worry, Baby Routes is on the case and will be adding new routes to the list below and in the meantime these links should provide a useful starting point.
- Strawberry Line: enjoy traffic free walking and cycling with little ones on this dedicated route following the old railway line by the same name. Details of the existing route from Yatton to Cheddar are provided by Sustrans here and projects are under way to expand the route further.
- Mendips AONB website provides high level detail of the region’s long distance routes as well as information for visitors.
- John Harris’s Walking in Somerset: provides an extensive list of walks, some of which are suitable for buggies and pushchairs.
- Martin Hesp’s West Country Walks: offers a selection of dramatic walking routes in Somerset and Exmoor. No listings for pushchair walks but inspiring stuff for those up for adventure with baby carriers or older children.