Riverside Trail: 


0.5 – 1 mile

Why we love this trail

This walk is pram accessible and is short in distance, making it the perfect walk for those with children of younger ages. There are multiple outdoor play areas to discover – a child’s paradise! keep your eyes peeled for the Gruffalo. With it being so close to Hamsterley Visitors Centre there are also plenty of facilities on hand – we always love a walk that also offers toilets, a cafe and a play park!


There is a pay on exit car park at Hamsterley Forest main car park, a short distance from the visitors centre.

 Tots Trail.

The first bridge to cross.

Outdoor balancing!

The Route:

This pram accessible forest walk is part of Forestry England North and offers breathtaking views, a car park and well maintained paths. Not forgetting the fabulous facilities at the main site of Hamsterley Forest. Here you can find a visitor centre, cafe, toilets, ice cream shop, bike hire and much more. We recently reviewed The Riverside Trail at Hamsterley, the review can be found here

The Bedburn Beck route is perfect for little legs of the family, whether your toddler chooses to walk or take the pram there is something for everyone. Please note the path can get narrow and bumpy in parts so I would personally recommend an all terrain pram however, I have previously completed this route with a city pram.

Starting at the visitors centre, head down towards the first play area. Here you will see a bridge directly in front of you. Cross this bridge (picture 2) so that the beck is now on your right hand side. The route is easy to follow, the path is well maintained and there are plenty of outdoor play areas to discover. You will soon come across a large Gruffalo sculpture, here you cross over another bridge and head back towards the visitors centre. A map of all of the Hamsterley Forest walking routes is available at the visitors centre, alternatively you can click here to be directed to the Forestry England website to view the trail map.

Overall this is a lovely family friendly trail situated in the heart of the forest with plenty for little ones to see, discover and explore. With outdoor play areas, sculptures and woodland paths this is a stunning family forestry walk.

This walk is part of the Forestry England Woodland Walks. Hamsterley is a working forest and therefore some trails can be closed at times due to forest operations, or damage caused by recent storms. For all up to date information on the trails at Hamsterley please access the Forestry England website here.

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