With a long, attractive coastline and 45% of the county made up of National Parks, Hampshire is a large and varied destination for visitors to Southern England and a perfect outdoor roaming ground for families of all ages.
Spend the morning at the seaside, lunchtime soaking up some of the marine culture or learning more about famous Hampshire residents Jane Austen and Charles Dickens before setting of for an afternoon stroll in the shade of the New Forest or the glorious uplands of the South Downs. Hampshire has a huge amount to offer the outdoor enthusiast with the gentle paths through the ancient New Forest with its inquisitive wild ponies a particular favourite for family adventures with younger children. A stroll along Southampton seafront or a wander through Winchester make good city walks too.
Try out one of the recommended Baby Routes walks in Hampshire and the New Forest below or you may find some of the suggested websites here useful for further ideas and research.
- Hampshire County Council’s website has a really great walking section. Not only do they list an extensive selection of accessible and pushchair friendly walks but also have details of the fantastic ‘Story Trails’ – mile long walks aimed at engaging children with their environment through tails on the trail. There are also good sections with ideas for New Forest walks.
- New Forest Access for All have listed a selection of tried and tested ‘Easy-going walks’ in the New Forest National Park. Plenty to try in the woods and on the coast, all of which are accessible with all-terrain strollers and most of which are suitable for normal pushchairs.
- Accessible Countryside have a good section on accessible walks and places to visit in Hampshire.