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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents

*This is a collaborative post

Did you know that May is National Walking Month? The sun has started to shine a lot more brightly in the sky and I think this time of year is perfect for getting back outside and enjoying some fresh air and the great outdoors. I have teamed up with Westfield Health's #WalkingLunch campaign again this year and I've been enjoying a daily lunchtime walk of at least 20 minutes. If you fancy finding out more about how you can join in and for your chance to win some fantastic prizes too, you can sign up to #WalkingLunch here (it's free and they don't spam you). 

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents


If you're looking for ways to incorporate walks into your lunch hour, I can highly recommend downloading the FREE Crumbs app - it features fun walking trails around lots of UK cities and is a fantastic way to get out and about and exploring your city with colleagues. Alternatively, if you work or hold meetings in Newcastle, check out this post featuring 5 walks in Newcastle that you can squeeze into your lunch hour

Back to today though and as it's half term next week I know that a lot of us will be at home with the kids so I thought I'd put together a few of the best pushchair-friendly walks around the North East. Now there will be no excuse for not joining in with #WalkingLunch - even during the school holidays! Let me know if you'd add any to my list and if you are inspired to get out and try one of these walks yourself, please share a photo using #WalkingLunch over on Twitter and check out others doing the same too.


13 pushchair-friendly walks to try in North East England



1 - Hardwick Park as recommended by Eden Markl

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Hardwick park
Credit | Eden Markl

"Hardwick Park in County Durham is a Visit England accredited attraction and perfect for a stroll at any time of the year. The main park walk is accessible to all visitors and it's all flat with no steps so perfect for a pushchair. As well as historic parkland, a lake, woodland and wildlife, there's a visitor centre, popular cafe and full events programme including Toddler Trails and Tales." Find out more here. 

2 - South Shields Marine Park as recommended by Here Come The Hoopers

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - south shields marine park
Credit |  Katie Jane Online 

"You can have a walk up Ocean road to North and South Marine Park then onto the promenade. Plenty of play things in the park for babies and birds to watch in the lake. The Marsden rattler is lovely for a cuppa or Minchellas for ice cream." Find out more here. 

3 - Druridge Bay Country Park as recommended by Big Stevie Cool 

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - druridge bay

"It's free to park at Druridge Bay and the walk around Ladyburn Lake is around 1.3 miles long. It is all flat and suitable for pushchairs. There are stepping stones across the lake but if you need an accessible route, continue walking past them around the perimeter of the lake and you'll manage fine with wheels. There's a visitor centre, small park and you're right by the beach too." Find out more here.

4 - Durham River as recommended by Supermummy Secrets

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - durham river
Credit | Supermummy Secrets

"Durham river is the perfect place for a stroll with toddlers and pushchairs. You can stop and watch the various boats and ducks." 

5 - Derwent Reservoir as recommended by Sofa Stories

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - derwent reservoir
Credit | Sofa Stories

"Derwent Reservoir is lovely. Picnic and play areas on your walk. Also good area for jogging with a buggy." Find out more here. 

6 - The Coastal Route between Blyth and Seaton Sluice as recommended by Family Times UK

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - blyth beach

"The coastal route between blyth/Seaton sluice is lovely and there's a park at both ends to stop and have a play. The path is flat and perfect for pushchairs. You can stop for Fish and chips along the way too."

7 - Whitley Bay to St Mary's Lighthouse as recommended by North East Family Fun

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - st mary's lighthouse

"It's around a 4 mile round trip from Whitley Bay town centre in North Tyneside to the lighthouse and back. It's a straight path that again is perfect for pushchairs and you'll be rewarded with lovely views. If you plan a walk when the tide is out, you can cross the causeway to St Mary's Island with a pushchair too and you're lucky, you might spot some seals." Check out our blog review featuring this walk here. 

8 - Marden Quarry/Park as recommended by Babyfoote 

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Marden Quarry
Credit | Babyfoote

"Marden Park is lovely too, and there are ducklings and goslings at the moment. The walk is around a lake from Marden Quarry. Nice little place for a toddle, or balance bike. There are ponies in the stables at the top. If you see the balloons out on the roadside then you know the stables are open and you can go for a pony ride (about £3 for twice round the yard, and help brush the ponies too)."

9 - Jesmond Dene as recommended by My Boys Club

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Jesmond Dene

"I loved Jesmond Dene when the boys were little - a lovely, leafy walk, parking / public transport, a river for playing pooh sticks, play area, ice-cream good food and plenty of space for a picnic - not to mention the animals. It's fab." Find out more here

10 - Carlisle Park in Morpeth, Northumberland as recommended by Newcastle Family Life


13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Carlisle Park


"We go to Carlisle park which is pushchair friendly and walk along the river path feeding the ducks. It always wore my two out and they would fall asleep in the buggy so I could go for lunch or a look around the shops in peace while they slept in the buggy." Find out more here.

11 - North Shields Fish Quay to Tynemouth as recommended by Babyfoote

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - Tynemouth
Credit | Babyfoote

"We really love North Shields Fish quay to Tynemouth and back. It's a lovely flat walk until right at the end when you've got two hills to get your heart beating and earning that coffee in Mr Woods or Dil and the Bear. Along the way you can go and see Collingwood, who was a very good human. Worth talking about with little ones."

12 - Newburn to Wylam as recommended by Sprog on the Tyne


13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - wylam park
Credit | Sprog On The Tyne
"It's a long one, but I really like the circle route starting at Newburn along to Wylam then back over the other side of the water. There is a playground at both Newburn and Wylam so the kids can run stretch their legs as well as being in the buggy, pretty much the whole 8 miles (!) loop is car-free so great for dogs too, and my toddlers love stopping at the little river beach at Wylam to throw in stones."

13 - Belsay Hall Gardens as recommended by North East Family Fun

13 of the best pushchair-friendly walks around North East England as recommended by local parents - belsay hall

I think Belsay's gardens are the prettiest in the North East. It's a beautiful 1.5 mile circular walk to Belsay Castle and back. The paths are pushchair friendly and you'll spot lots of exotic looking plants and flowers as you walk through the walled garden, woodland and quarry. There are picnic tables at the castle if you fancy packing some sandwiches and making the most of the countryside views.  Find out more here. 


So there you have 13 different pushchair-friendly walks to try with the kids this May. All of them have been tried & tested and are recommended by local mums. Don't forget to sign up to #WalkingLunch and use the hashtag online to find others who are doing the same. Let me know if there are any other walks you would add to my list.

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