Buggy-friendly parkrun Dublin – Ardgillan

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Tried and tested by Aoife @familywalksire (IG & Twitter)

Buggy Friendly rating: 5/10

Scenery: 9/10

Course:

This was my first ever parkrun which I completed in January 2016. Ardgillan parkrun starts behind the castle (beside the toilets). The run takes you through mainly forest trail (which requires a sturdy buggy) but also some very stoney/bumpy paths which I didn’t feel were very buggy-friendly but I certainly got a great workout! The kiddies seem to enjoy it at the time too!

The final stretch takes you up a steep hill (which feels like Mount Everest when pushing a double buggy). Needless to say the encouragement from the wonderful volunteers and fellow runners is so uplifting especially just when you need it. Even though I completed this course a few years ago I’ll never forget the feeling of finishing it and experiencing all the positivity and community spirit that surrounds Parkrun events.

Facilities, cafes and playgrounds:

There’s a cafe in the castle, an amazing playground, a fairy trail and walled gardens on the grounds also. Needless to say Argillan is such a beautiful place to explore with stunning views over Skerries and Balbriggan.

Overall:

Such an uplifting experience. Not sure I’d recommend it for buggies(depending on how sturdy your buggy is of course). Perhaps best to walk this one with a buggy but would love to hear from anyone else who’s done it with a buggy, especially more recently than me.

Buggy-friendly walks Kerry – Killarney

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Location: Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Path:  Mostly tarmac path, inclines in places, separate walking paths (some gravel and forest trails) Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Meath – Balrath Woods

ACCESSIBLE WALK THIS WAY

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Location: Balrath Woods, near Ashbourne, Co. Meath

Path:  3 Walks to choose from – the Easy Walk is a tarmac path suitable for buggies and wheelchairs Continue reading

Buggy friendly walks Dublin – The Grand Canal

A GRAND OLE STROLL

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Location: The Grand Canal (from Sally’s Bridge, Sundrive to Ranelagh) You can read all about its history here.

Path:  Footpath (Bumpy in parts) and pedestrian path alongside main road (Flat and accessible) 

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Buggy-friendly walks Mayo – Westport House

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

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Location: Westport House is located just on the edge of Westport town

Path:  Short and accessible walk around the river(bridge crossing) Continue reading

Buggy-friendly walks Mayo – Tourmakeady Forest & Waterfall

GO WITH THE FLOW

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Location: Tourmakeady Forest, Tourmakeady, Mayo

Path:  gravel and forest trail (strudy wheels needed)

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Buggy friendly walks Cork – Doneraile Wildlife Park

A CORKER OF A WALK

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Location: Doneraile Park, Doneraile, Co. COrk

Path:  Tarmac and gravel paths and woodland trail, looped

Parking: Ample car parking on site

Facilities:   Playground, toilets (both at the House and the playground), picnic benches

Features: House, walled gardens, wild deer, ducks and swans

A truly magical setting just  with so much to explore and just ideal for buggies and small wheels.  While we were spoiled with the sunshine and saw , in all it’s glory, this is a fantastic amenity for families all year round.
Read more about the history and location in the link above.There are plenty of signs directing you around the whole park too, which makes it so much easier to navigate.

Follow this link to see all the Cork walks we’ve collated so far.

 

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