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Oxfordshire and Chiltern Baby Walks

Oxfordshire countryside and the Chiltern Hills make fantastic walking country. The county has an abundance of the green leafy lanes and green rolling hills England is justly famed for as well as a generous helping of bluebell woods in late spring and pleasant riverside walking along the Thames. This is the county of the majestic Red Kite, which with its impressive wingspan and distinctive cry can be easily spotted soaring above the hill-tops and open fields.

Red Kite

For those with little ones there is no better place to head out onto the footpaths with baby in a carrier. With a network of pretty villages spread out throughout the countryside, walking is pleasant and can be tailored to suit all levels and durations with ample opportunity for refreshment along the way.

Below is set out the best links and suggestions for accessible walking trails for those with babies in carriers or pushchairs. There are also a number of suggested walks listed below and in the walking routes area of this site.

 

  1. Chiltern AONB website: this is a great place to find inspiration for exploring the Chiltern Hills with baby. The ‘Access for All’ page lists suggested routes that can be used by pushchair users whilst the interactive maps section can be used to search for pushchair walks, routes without any stiles or obstacles and shorter walks suitable for little legs.
  2. Oxfordshire.gov.uk: the walks section of the county website has some good suggestions for exploring the surrounding countryside. Why not try one of the suggested routes for those with buggies and pushchairs which can be found here?
  3. Walking in Oxfordshire: this website has a variety of walks which are free to download. Some of these are suitable for pushchairs and are indicated in their summary on the main page.
  4. National trails: for those who are seeking a challenge, why not attempt one of the two national trails passing through the region? Both the Thames Path and the Ridgeway have good paths and particularly in summer, are suitable for those carrying babies or little ones in backpacks – you just might have to cover the distance in slightly smaller chunks than those without on-board entertainment! The entire western side of the Ridgeway in particular is free from stiles, small kissing gates, steps and other obstacles making for easier walking or if a tranquil stroll by the waterside is more your thing and you fancy taking a pushchair, why not try out one of the 12 suggested easy access walks along the Thames Path which are suitable for those with buggies or accompanied by small children.
Maidensgrove to Pishill Common

Maidensgrove & Russell’s Water Common Walk

Walk Distance: 3.5km for a full loop of the common but you can do as little or as much as you like! 

Walk Duration: As long or short as you like. Allow up to two hours for a slow, full loop of the common at preschooler pace, with plenty of exploring and foraging time.

Ordnance Survey:  …

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Binfield Bluebells Circular Walk!

Walk Distance: 3 km

Walk Duration: 1 hour (depends how many photos you take)!

OS Map: OS Explorer 159 Reading;

Suitable for: babies in backpacks, all-terrain buggies (there & back again route only); all the family;

Walk features: beautiful bluebells in late April & May; beautiful chiltern countryside, family friendly pub with great garden; …

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Woods and fields, Binfield Wildlife and Woodlands Walk

Binfield Wildlife and Woodlands Walk

Walk Distance: 6.55km

Walk Duration: 1 hour 45

Suitable for: Baby carriers (several stiles and kissing gates)

Walk Features: Red kite sightings, woodland trails, bluebell woods, far reaching field views, gentle hills, pub at start/finish

Walk Description:

This is a varied walk through the hills and woodland near Binfield Heath, not far from Henley on …

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Watermill, Mapledurham, near Reading, Oxfordshire

Caversham to Mapledurham pushchair walk

Walk Distance: 9.14km from central Caversham; 6.14 km from end of The Warren

Walk Duration: 2hr 45 from central Caversham;  1 hour 50 from end of The Warren (times and distances include return walk).

OS Map: OS Explorer 159 Reading;

Suitable for: All-terrain pushchairs and durable standard pushchairs; little legs, all the family, bikes and …

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Cowleaze Woods Bluebell Walk

Cowleaze Woods Bluebell Walk

Walk Distance: 2.2 km

Walk Duration: 1 hr (at toddler pace & with time for taking lots of pictures of the bluebells)

OS Map: OS Explorer 171, Chiltern Hills West; OS Landranger 165 Aylesbury & Leighton Buzzard

Suitable for: All-terrain pushchairs, babies in carriers, …

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Goring to South Stoke walk

Goring to South Stoke Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance: 3 km

Walk Duration: 1 hour ( at a leisurely pace)

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

Suitable for: Pushchairs (all-terrain buggy required after bad weather); little legs, babies in carriers, …

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Woodland walking at Greys Court

Greys Court Estate Walk

Walk distance: 4.06km

Walk duration: 1 hour

Suitable for: baby carriers

Walk features: Bluebell woods, National Trust teashop (not winter), picnic area

Walk description:

This is a gentle circular walk through the beautiful beech woods of Greys Court estate, 3 miles west of Henley-on-Thames. The walk is fairly flat, with the exception of one small …

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View of Temple Island from the Thames Path, Henley-on-Thames

Henley Royal Regatta Walk

Walk Distance: 4.5km

Walk Duration: 1 hour

OS Map: OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor, OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West;

Suitable for: Pushchairs (in muddy winter weather only possible on first section), all-terrain pushchairs (all year), little legs, baby carriers, all the family.

Walk features: Thames Path National Trail, waterside walk, ducks, point of cultural interest, accessible …

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Babies in the bluebells, Highmoor lanes and hedgerows walk, Oxfordshire

Highmoor Lanes & Hedgerows Walk

Walk Distance: 4.2km

Walk Duration: 1hr 15

OS Map: OS Explorer Chiltern Hills West 171, OSLandranger Reading & Windsor 175

Suitable for: baby carriers, all terrain pushchairs / buggies, little legs, older children

Walk features: leafy country lanes, bluebells in spring, dog friendly

 

Walk description: 

The Highmoor Lanes and Hedgerows walk is an easy circular …

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Park Woods, Nuffield Place

Nuffield Place Woodland Walk

 

Walk Distance: 2.5 km

Walk Duration: 50 minutes (at toddler & bluebell admiring pace)

OS Map: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West, OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor

Suitable for: toddlers, babies in carriers, all-terrain pushchairs, all the family.

Walk features: Bluebells in April/May, National Trust Nuffield Place (with tearoom) next …

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woodland path through Flowercroft Wood, Rotherfield Peppard

Rotherfield Peppard Leafy Lanes Walk

Walk Distance: 5.5km

Walk Duration: 1 hour 20 mins

Suitable for: baby carriers(although the first half of the walk is manageable with a good off-roading buggy)

Walk features: leafy tracks, woodland and farm land, a pub serving food at the start/finish.

Walk description:

Nestling at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, walks like this are the …

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View of Thames from Marsh Lock, Henley on Thames

Shiplake to Henley-on-Thames Riverside Walk (pushchair friendly)

Walk Distance: One way: 3.7 km ; There & back again: 7.4 km

Walk Duration: One way: 45 minutes; There & back again: 1hr 30 (allow 2 hours for paddling & ice-creams)!

OS Map: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West;

Suitable for: All-terrain strollers; sturdy pushchairs (in dry weather); babies in backpacks and all the family.

Walk …

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Shiplake Lock Walk, Shiplake

Shiplake Railway and River Circular Walk

Walk Distance:  3km starting from Shiplake Lock

Walk Duration: 40 minutes (more like 1hr30 at duck-feeding, puddle-jumping, stick-collecting toddler speed)

OS Map: OS Explorer 171, Chiltern Hill West; OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor.

Suitable for: little legs, babies in carriers, Mill Road & Mill …

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Sonning Common Pub Lunch Circular

Sonning Common Pub Lunch Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 2.8 km

Walk Duration: 1 hour (at a leisurely stroll)

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

Suitable for: babies in carriers, good little walkers, older kids.

Walk features: Lovely countryside views, some hills, pub, rolling hill and woodland scenery, some road …

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New Copse, Sonning Common Woodland Walk

Sonning Common Woodland Wander

Walk distance: 4.1 km

Walk duration: 1hr (or just over in muddy conditions!)

Suitable for: baby carriers (but can be adapted as pushchairs/buggies can be used on some parts)

Walk features: ancient woodland, woodland trust, free parking, shops, post office and village centre close by.

Walk description: 

Beautiful quiet woodland wandering surrounded by british birdsong make …

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Willow trees by the Thames, Sonning

Sonning to Shiplake Thames Path Walk

Walk distance: 9.15km (Sonning circular walk) or 7.8km (there and back again)

Walk duration: 3hr 10 (Sonning circular walk) or 2hr 30 (there and back again)

Suitable for: baby carriers (there and back again only), off-roading buggies (both routes)

Walk features: Thames Path national trail walk, riverside walking, pubs along route, field walk.

Walk description:

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St. Botolph's Church, Swyncombe Snowdrop Walk, Baby Routes

Swyncombe Snowdrops Walk

Walk Distance: 3km

Walk Duration: 1hr 20 at toddler speed (!) , about 50 minutes at a normal pace.

Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West; OS Landranger 165 Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard

Suitable for: Children in slings or carriers, good little walkers (the uphill stretch is steep but short – our 3 year old walked …

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White Horse of Uffington

White Horse, Uffington, Ridgeway Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 13 km

Walk Duration: 4 hours

OS Map: OS Landranger Newbury & Wantage 174, OS Explorer Abingdon, Wantage & Vale of White Horse 170

Suitable for: Baby carriers, older children (buggies and little legs would enjoy the first stretch on the Ridgeway)

Walk features: Ridgeway National Trail, Great views, Oxfordshire County Top, Historic …

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