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Berkshire Walks

Photo of the Long Walk at Windsor Castle

The Long Walk & Windsor Castle.

One of England’s oldest counties, home to Windsor castle and the Royal Berkshire Hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was born, Berkshire is steeped in history and royalty. Its history goes back much further than the kings and queens as we think of them today though, with the remains of several iron age hill forts to be found on the county’s hill tops walks.

Berkshire offers plenty of walks and cycle routes for the outdoor enthusiast and has access to some great open spaces. From gentle strolling by the Thames and historical walking in Windsor to bracing, breezy hiking on the Ridgeway or Berkshire Downs, there are walks for everyone. Berkshire’s County Top – Walbury Hill, is also the highest natural point in South East England at 297m and who could resist pushing their little prince or princess out in their baby carriage along the stately grandeur of Berkshire’s ultimate pushchair walk – the Long Walk at Windsor?

To get started, why not try out one of the Baby Routes walks suggested below or explore the following links for more ideas.

  • The Ridgeway National Trail website provides information on this ancient walk that passes through some of Berkshire’s most splendid countryside.
  • Berkshire Walkers (for 20s&30s) and the Berkshire Weekend Walkers are both part of the Ramblers and offer some great routes and group walking opportunities in the county.
  • BBC Berkshire Way – a series of linear walks taking you right across the county of Berkshire. Great for seeing Berkshire’s walking highlights but does require reliance on public transport, lifts or two cars.
Sonning Village & River Circular Walk, Sonning, Berkshire

Sonning Thames & Village Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 3 km

Walk Duration: 1 hour at preschooler pace, not including paddle/picnic time.

Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West; OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor

Suitable for: babies in carriers, little legs (just be careful near river), all the family. Off-road pushchairs fine but there are a couple of kissing gates that would make …

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A moody Swinley Forest, Bracknell, on a misty day.

Bracknell (Swinley) Forest Bikes and Buggy Walk

Walk Distance: 5.7km

Walk Duration: 1hr 20 (at a leisurely stroll)

OS Map: OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor; OS Explorer 160, Windsor, Weybridge & Bracknell;

Suitable for: Pushchairs, bikes, all the family;

Walk features: Forest walk, playground, teashop, Lookout Discovery centre, baby changing, historic interest, mountain biking area;

 

 

Walk description:

Swinley Forest …

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Ice on the Thames, Sonning to Caversham Thames Path Walk

Caversham to Sonning Thames Path Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance: 6.2 km
Walk Duration: 1hr 45

OS Map: OS Landranger 175, OS Explorer 159

Suitable for: All-terrain buggies, jogging buggies and baby carriers (just about possible on most days with basic pushchairs too)

Walk features: Thames Path National Trail, riverside path, city start, riverside meadows, childrens playground, pubs, teahouse, accessible …

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Cookham Thames Path Walk

Cookham-Winter Hill Thames Path Loop Walk

Walk Distance: 5.2km

Walk Duration: 1hr 25

OS Map: OS Explorer 172 Chiltern Hills East;

Suitable for: babies in backpacks, little legs, all-terrain pushchairs (in dry weather and along Thames Path stretch only)

Walk features: Thames Path National Trail, riverside walking,perfect picnic spots, boats, ducks, pubs, railway.

Walk description:

Nestled …

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Dinton Pastures Loop Walk

Walk distance: 4.52km

Walk duration: 1 hour

Suitable for: Buggies and slings

Walk description

Dinton Pastures Country Park is a great place to go walks with a buggy. This loop walk is just one of several buggy friendly routes, with a leaflet with all walks on available from the cafe located next to the …

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Loddon Nature Reserve

Loddon Nature Reserve Walk, Twyford

Walk Distance: 1.9km

Walk Duration: 40 mins at a slow amble, allow an hour for a snail-paced, puddle jumping toddler!

OS Map: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West or OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor:  however the permissive path used here is not shown on the OS Map and the route …

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Reading to Tilehurst Thames Path Walk

Reading to Tilehurst Thames Path Walk

Walk Distance: 6 km (or as much of it as you want to do)

Walk Duration: 1 hour 45

OS Map: OS Explorer 159 – Reading, Wokingham & Pangbourne, OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor

Suitable for: Pushchairs (exit Thames Path at Scours Lane to …

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View of Walbury Hill, Berkshire

Walbury Hill Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 9km

Walk Duration: 2 hours (including breaks)

OS Map: OS Landranger Newbury & Wantage 174; OS Explorer Newbury & Hungerford 158;

Suitable for: Families, off-terrain pushchairs (ridge section only), babies in backpacks.

Walk features: Iron-age hill fort, Berkshire County Top, Marilyn, great views, shortened & easy walk options

Walk description:

Walbury Hill, at …

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