This is my final post in the Toddler Trips series! Yep, where on earth did 12 weeks go?! For the last post I will take you to Newbury in Berkshire. It is the prettiest little market town, and small enough to for a little toddler to discover!
We got the train there in June, with our TwoTogether Railcard again – it cost £8 each and Tyler was free. It took about 50 minutes with a change at Reading. Once we reached Newbury, which has step-free access so great if you have a pushchair, the town centre is literally a 2 minute walk, it’s that close! Here is our walking trail:
1) Walk up Cheap Street. The old Kennet Shopping Centre is the first thing you see – we popped into Superdrug there to buy some suncream, as it suddenly got really sunny. There’s a TK Maxx and a Cargo HomeShop in there too if you’re into home stuff.
2) Walk through Market Place/The Arcade – lots of pretty, historic buildings here. Just look up at all the architecture.
3) Walk up Bridge Street and you’ll see a beautiful bridge on the left. There a little alleyway to the right of the bridge. Walk through it and under a pub (yes under!) and you’ll find the Kennet and Avon canal. It’s so pretty. We sat down and had some lunch on the benches, watching the canal boats. Then we walked up the canal path and back down again.
4) Next walk up the High Street and towards the end, on the right, you’ll find the brand new Parkway Shopping Centre. It is so shiny, walls of glass and trendy brands such as John Lewis, Debenhams, TopShop, H&M, Paperchase – a real contrast from the historic high street below! That Wilko is in the old Woolworths building, and step into that store, you really can feel it was a Woolworths!
5) At the back of Parkway, the path leads you to Victoria Park – somewhere great to run around in. There’s a childrens playground and a circular pond here too. We spent a good hour here playing!
6) The park leads you to the other side of the Kennet and Avon canal which we walked back up to the High Street. We made our way back to the station, with a little stop-off in KFC hee hee.
This is a really pretty town to walk around it, and small enough not to feel shattered afterwards. We found it the perfect, relaxing daytrip.
And that concludes my Toddler Trips series! I hope you have enjoyed it and maybe have been inspired to visit some of these fantastic places in the UK!