Suitable for all ages
Walking around the base of The Mount (Maouo) should be doable for all ages. It’s 3.4km and the path is suitable for buggies. For access points and toilets, please see the map here. You can also walk and push a buggy to the top but it’s very steep and takes quite a bit of effort! ***Note that due to temporary repair work around the Mount walkways, there are approx 10 steps (in each direction) that make taking a buggy more difficult – you might need help lifting the buggy up and down (from August 2017). You might want to consider a backpack/front pack carrier instead for the time being or at least make sure there’s more than one adult to lift your buggy. The stairs are hopefully being removed by December 2017***
Pilot Bay is a sheltered beach good for collecting shells while the water is shallow and great for paddling.
On the other side, Main Beach is better if you’re after waves for boogie boarding etc, although it’s worth bearing in mind that it gets very very busy in in December/January. There are lifeguards patrolling in the summer months so make sure the whole family swims between the flags. It’s not completely uncommon for there to be large waves at this beach, so keeping to the flags or respecting closed beach signs, is particularly important. There are change facilities, a playground and places to buy food and drink all within 100 metres of the beach.
Beaches, walks and ice creams often go together, so you might want to check out the local favourite, Copenhagen Cones here.
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Address: Pilot Bay is accessible from The Mall and Pilot Quay while Main Beach stretches the length of Marine Parade. Parking spaces situated on all of these roads. Starting points to walk around The Mount (Maouo) are either Pilot Quay or the end of Marine Parade.