The addition of a pram to your walk shouldn’t stop you from exploring or restrict you to solely walking the roads. You may not be able to climb Lug with a pram in tow but you can certainly still enjoy some lovely loops and gardens while your little one dozes off in his/her pram. So here are some of the best buggy-friendly walks in Wicklow to enjoy. Comment below if you have more route gems to share.

1. Glendalough Green Road Walk

 

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‘The valley of the two lakes’ or Glendalough is one of Wicklow’s most famous sights. It is rich in spectacular scenery, history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. It is home to a world famous monastic site, round tower, several scenic lakes and valleys with a selection of walks and trails. The Green Road Walk is an easy three kilometres walk on track and boardwalk. There are very slight ascents and descents. The trail passes through woodland and onto the Lower Lake wetland edge. The walk should take less than an hour. There is plenty of parking in Glendalough although some of it is pay parking. The boardwalk part of this walk is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

2. The Railway Walk

 

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The Railway Walk at Tinahely runs along part of the original train track from Woodenbridge to Shillelagh, alongside the Derry River. The linear path is just over two kilometres long and is on a clearly defined trail which is suitable for sturdy buggies and wheelchairs. There are picnic tables along the way, so make sure to bring a little picnic to chow down on. The path runs along the original railway track that went from Woodenbridge to Shillelagh which closed in 1964. The route starts in Tinahely and goes to Tomnafinnoge Woods. There is parking at both ends of the walk.

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3. Avondale Forest Park – Cairn Walk

 

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Coillte, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and Wicklow County Council, is undertaking a significant re-development of Avondale Forest Park during 2019 and 2020 to create a visitor point which will bring visitors under the trees and through to a high viewing point above the Avonmore river valley. The Cairn Walk starts at the carpark near Avondale House. It is a loop so can be started either way. There are fabulous views of the Vale of Avoca and the Avonmore River. The walk is just over two kilometres and is mostly flat with some gentle slopes and is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. It should take less than an hour.

4. Blessington Greenway

 

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The Blessington Greenway walk links the historic town of Blessington with the Palladian mansion at Russborough House. The trail is flat and is six and a half kilometres in length. The trail goes along by the shores of Blessington Lakes starting at Avon Ri Adventure Centre. It crosses an ancient ringfort and goes through the forest as well. This linear trail should take about one and a half hours each way. The terrain is forest roads, boardwalk and tarmacadam footpath meaning this route is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, as well as for small children. There is a carpark at Avon Ri Adventure Centre or at Russborough House.

5. Druids Glen Hotel – Walking Trial

 

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The idyllic grounds of the Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in Newtownmountkennedy makes for some great buggy pushing. It even has its own walking trail. The 4km route starts at the hotel and goes to the Woodstock House. Nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, it is the perfect place to spend a morning, plus you can treat yourself to coffee and cakes inside after your walk!

 

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