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Wiltshire Walks

Canal Walk, WiltshireWiltshire is home to wide green grassy valleys and ancient chalk downs. Wiltshire is a county steeped in ancient history, with evidence of its pre-Roman settlements very much still visible today, perhaps most famously in the mysterious standing stones of Stonehenge and Avebury.

Wiltshire is a great place for walking with the family, with plenty to keep kids (and parents) of all ages entertained. For young families, sections of the Ridgeway National Trail offer walks with fantastic views on a clear day that are possible for pushchairs and with the Kennet and Avon Canal winding its way through the county, the tow path alongside this peaceful waterway is great for buggies and bikes, with plenty of opportunity for duck feeding, boat watching and pub stops.

For those looking to combine walking with visits to a place of interest, Wiltshire is home to Longleat Safari Park with its extensive estate, it’s hard to rival the beauty of the gardens at Stourhead and the pretty village of Lacock makes a good base for a day out, with its unspoiled streets and buildings being used as a backdrop for several TV and film productions including Harry Potter and the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Below you will find a growing list of Baby Routes tried and tested walks as well as some useful links to other websites for walking in Wiltshire.

  1. The Ridgeway National Trail – the official Ridgeway website contains details of this fantastic long-distance trail which starts near Avebury in Wiltshire. 
  2. Wilts and Berks Canal Trust – a list of suggested canal walks, around half of which are based in Wiltshire. With the canal having a good tow path running alongside it, canal walks are a great option for those looking for pushchair friendly walks.
  3. Canal River Trust  – this is a fantastic website with a handy search engine to find canal walks all over the country, including in Wiltshire.
  4. Visit Wiltshire – the tourism website for Wiltshire contains suggestions and downloadable details of walks across the county, some of which are suitable for pushchairs.
Standing Stone, Stone Circle of Avebury, Wiltshire

Avebury Ridgeway Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 7km

Walk Duration: 2hrs

OS Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes;

OS Explorer 157 Marlborough and Savernake Forest

Suitable for: Babies in backpacks, competent young walkers and older children.

It’s possible to push an all-terrain pushchair around some of the route but deep ruts in the track make this impractical in several places.

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Barbury Castle to Ogbourne St. George Ridgeway Walk

Barbury Castle to Ogbourne St. George Ridgeway Walk

Walk Distance: 8 km

Walk Duration: 3 hours 40 (with picnic stop and some toddler-paced walking)

OS Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes; OS Explorer 157 Marlborough & Savernake Forest

Suitable for: Babies in carriers, first half to Ogbourne St.George suitable for all-terrain pushchairs …

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Ogbourne St. George Ridgeway Circular Walk, Baby Routes

Ogbourne St. George Ridgeway Circular Walk

Walk Distance: 6.8km

Walk Duration: 2 1/2 hours (or longer if walking the whole way with a toddler)!

Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes; OS Explorer 157 Marlborough & Savernake Forest;

Suitable for: Dogs, Off-road buggies (take the road on the final stretch back to Ogbourne St. George, babies in carriers, good little …

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Broad Hinton to Barbury Castle Ridgeway

Ridgeway: Broad Hinton to Barbury Castle Pushchair Walk

Walk Distance: 7 km (there & back again)

Walk Duration: 2 hours (including plenty of time for exploring Barbury Castle hill fort)

OS Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes; OS Explorer 157 Marlborough & Savernake Forest

Suitable for: All-terrain strollers; sturdy pushchairs; babies in carriers, good little walkers;

Walk features: Fantastic views, iron age …

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Ridgeway Overton Hill walk

Ridgeway: Overton Hill – Broad Hinton Walk

Walk Distance: 10 km

Walk Duration: 3 hours (including picnic stop time)

OS Map: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes; OS Explorer 157 Marlborough & Savernake Forest

Suitable for: Babies in backpacks, older children and competent young walkers. Although parts of the path are suitable for all-terrain pushchairs, large ruts and uneven ground make it difficult walking in many places. …

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Ogbourne St. George Ridgeway & Railway Walk, Baby Routes

Ridgeway & Railway Path Round Walk, Ogbourne St. George

Walk Distance:  7.8km

Walk Duration: 2hr 20 (with a fairly speedy 3 year old and 1 year old in carrier, 3 hours including picnic stop).

Ordnance Survey:  OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes; OS Explorer 157 Marlborough & Savernake Forest;

Suitable for: Babies in carriers, good little legs, possible with all-terrain pushchairs and mountain bikes.

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