There are lots of lovely local walks in Hitchin and beyond.
Here are a few ideas to get you started. More coming soon!
1. Oughtonhead, Hitchin
A lovely walk along the River Oughton with an area for paddling at the edge of the nature reserve. Beautifully maintained nature reserve, meadow and woodland with lots of wildlife to spot – see if you can find a Kingfisher on your visit! Mostly buggy friendly and with the fab Garden Gate Tea Room too for rolls, cake and a cup of tea (call to check opening 07969 621 223). Please note it’s cash only here so take your pennies. For a more substantial meal and indoor play area and playground, head to The Angels pub in Bedford Road.
2. Hitch Wood, Hitchin
Home to gorgeous bluebell woods in the Spring. Dens to explore all year round. Although there are no facilities here, Emily’s Tea Shop is just down the road in Whitwell with inside and outside space to scoff cake or a cheeky Ploughmans lunch.
3. Wymondley Wood, Hitchin
Forms part of the Letchworth Greenway and is great for walks, picnics and exploring minibeast and pond areas. Click here to see a map.
4. Barton Hills, Barton-Le-Clay, Bedfordshire
Park up by the church and past the horses into the Chiltern Hills. There is a relatively flat area along Barton river (which is great for paddling for those with two or four legs) but otherwise quite hilly. Work your way along the river to the chalk spring or climb the hill for spectacular views See how many wild ponies you can spot along the way! Although no cafes along the walk, The Raven in nearby Hexton is a family friendly pub with a play area
5. Pegsdon & Telegraph Hill, Bedfordshire
Always a great walk for us – relatively flat and quiet (especially important with our boisterous Labrador!) Lots of walks to explore but this route is manageable for us with little ones. There are plenty of sheep (and lambs in the spring) plus stunning views if you climb up the hill. This is a great area for mountain biking but I’d probably leave the buggy at home…
6. Sharpenhoe, Bedfordshire
Sharpenhoe is a National Trust site also in the Chiltern Hills. The car park is a good size and free. There are lots of footpaths here and even a paved path up to the woods that is accessible for buggies. The ancient is stunning and on a clear day you can see for miles so take some binoculars!
7. Danish Camp, Willington, Bedfordshire
Danish Camp is situated on the River Ouse. You can walk, scoot or cycle along the river which is also very buggy friendly. Danish Camp offers plus a tasty (and licensed) place for hot and cold food and refreshments. For a fee you can go on boat trips with The Artful Dodger from April to October or hire motor boats to explore the River Ouse yourself! In the summer there are BBQs and a bouncy castle (weather permitting) Don’t forget to visit Ozzie the Owl too!
8. Salcey Forest, Northants
A bit of a drive but a beautiful place to visit on a crisp winter’s day – especially to climb the Tree Top Way that rises to 15m above the ground (or 20m if you head up the Crow’s nest!) From 24th February 2017 you can go Gruffalo spotting here too.