Walking with a pushchair is an easy exercise that the majority of mums can do on a regular basis.
Apart from the pushchair or buggy, proper footwear and appropriate clothing for you and your baby, you don’t need any special equipment and most places are free to walk in.
Nottingham is home to some fantastic country parks that are perfect spots for a walk or cycle, but not all are great for pushchairs. Paths ideally need to be a sealed surface with various gradients of slopes so new mums can build up their fitness levels.
Here are some of the top pushchair-friendly walks in Nottingham.
Gedling Country Park Spring Lane, Lambey, Nottingham NG4 4PE 115 901 3801 Website: See the Facebook page Free to enter
Gedling Country Park has a number of ideal walking paths for parents with pushchairs. All the walking and cycling paths are graded and are between just under a mile and 3.5 miles in length – some have steep inclines and gentle slopes, meaning there’s a path for just about every ability and fitness level.
There’s also a children’s play area for the little ones which has a mining tower slide and train. There is a separate toddler’s area with swings, slides and an accessible roundabout.
The paths around the lake at Wollaton Park are pushchair and wheelchair friendly – there is lots of wildlife to see in a serene and peaceful setting – great for sleeping babies! Dogs are also welcome and there is a children’s playground for older kids.
The lake at Wollaton Park Image: Wollaton Hall and Deer Park
Rushcliffe Country Park has a 5 mile network of footpaths, landscaping, conservation and grassland, including excellent paths for pushing a buggy. The paths around the lake are flat, while there are other paths with minor slopes dotted around the park – perfect for mums to gradually build up the fitness levels. The paths are also wheelchair friendly.
Dogs are welcome and there is a children’s play area, which is suitable for kids under 12 years.
Attenborough Nature Reserve has a walk for every fitness level. All walks are graded according to difficulty and length and are between 1.9 miles and 3.7 miles long. Each of the routes are well marked, so you should have no trouble choosing the most appropriate walk. There is lots of wildlife to see during the walks.
The park is free to enter, however there is a suggested donation for parking of £1.50.
With over 150 acres of tranquil woodland and pushchair and mobility scooter friendly paths, Rufford Abbey Country Park is a lovely place to head out for a walk. You can feed the ducks in the pond, take part in a guided walk or check out the Play Village. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Image: Rufford Abbey
Don’t forget to dress babies and children up nice and warm in the winter months and keep them cool in the summer. Always wear appropriate footwear and a hat in the warmer months and don’t forget your water. Happy walking mums!