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Which strollers and pushchairs are best for long country walks?

Whether you want a compact stroller or larger all-terrain buggy, we reveal the ones that deal best with bumpy grass

Which strollers and pushchairs are best for long country walks?

If you’re taking a holiday in the UK this year, you might be planning some outdoor family adventures in the countryside.

Some pushchairs really struggle on off-road surfaces, giving a bumpy ride that causes your child to be jolted about or leads to wheels getting stuck.

In our manoeuvrability tests, we ask parent testers and our lab experts to take each pushchair around a specially designed course, rating how well it copes with various surfaces, including gravel, sand, grass and bark chips

To help you choose the best pushchairs for those woodland walks and hilly fields, we’ve picked out five models that did well in our bumpy grass test. Click through to the full review to see how they score overall.

Jump to our Best Buy pushchairs to compare the models that were most impressive in our tests.

Jane Trider, £560

Jane Trider

This sporty three-wheel stroller proved a strong match for our tough assault course, with its large puncture-proof wheels coping well on the uneven grassy terrain.

Suspension helps to ensure a smooth ride, and the C-shaped rear frame gives extra clearance over rough terrain, leaving more room for your feet.

It comes with a shopping basket, changing bag and rain cover to keep your baby comfortable come rain or shine.

Read our Jane Trider review to find out whether it’s the ideal pushchair for outdoor roaming with your little one.

Bugaboo Fox 2, £1,250

Bugaboo Fox 2 travel system

If you’re after a travel-system-compatible pushchair that can handle hilly walks, the Bugaboo Fox 2 could be one to consider.

It breezed through our grassy terrain test thanks to its large foam-filled wheels and all-wheel suspension.

There’s also a generous 10kg-capacity shopping basket for carrying items such as blankets, snacks and toys.

Find out whether we recommend this pricey pushchair in our Bugaboo Fox 2 travel system review.

Quinny VNC, £579

Quinny VNC

Although it’s marketed as a city stroller, our parent and expert testers found the VNC easy to push on bumpy grass. Its polyurethane (PU) tyres and rear-wheel suspension help protect your little one from jolts and bumps on uneven ground, so you can go exploring off the beaten track.

The hood has UPF 50 protection to shield your child from the sun on hot days, and you can choose to add a clip-on cup holder for carrying drinks hands-free.

Read our Quinny VNC review to see how well it scored in our expert lab tests.

Thule Urban Glide 2, £494

Thule Urban Glide 2

The Urban Glide 2 is a jogging stroller that’s packed with useful features for exploring the great outdoors.

It has large inflatable tyres, all-wheel suspension and a lockable swivel front wheel to keep it steady when going over uneven terrain.

There’s a handbrake to make it easier to control, and the shopping basket has a zip-top cover to stop anything falling out.

Our panel of parent testers were impressed with this pushchair when they tested it on uneven grass.

Find out whether it also did as well on bark chips, sand and gravel in our Thule Urban Glide 2 review.

Phil & Teds Dash Inline Double, £598

Phil and Teds Dash inline double

For bigger families heading out on country walks, Phil & Teds Dash Inline double could be an appealing option.

It’s a three-wheeled pushchair that can hold two seats, a seat and carrycot, or two car seats to make it a double tandem travel system.

It coped well with uneven grass in our test, absorbing most bumps to give a smooth ride. There are some handy features, such as an extendable UPF 50 sun hood and a wrist strap on the handlebar to help you keep a safe hold of your buggy on hills.

To find out how it fared in our rigorous lab tests, read the full Phil and Teds Dash Inline double review.

Recent Which? pushchair tests

Person pushing buggy through a park

Our latest tests include a stroller, travel-system-compatible pushchair and a double buggy.

Click on the links below to read our full reviews and discover whether any of them scored highly enough to be Best Buy pushchairs.

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