Welcome to the ACE website - promoting disabled access to the countryside, sport and leisure
2016 The Year for Access
To help promote those businesses that are accessible the ACE website has listings of Accessible Pubs & Restaurants, Taxi operators, Accommodation and Holiday providers. I also publish tourist.me.uk a tourist info site which tries to give brief accessibility details of tourist attractions, historic properties & gardens and nature & wildlife sites. I also do try to promote accessibility and the publication of disabled access information – Please join me in 2016 to promote accessibility in England and Wales
Urgent Appeal This is a big ask – my laptop has died (used for email & maintenance of the site), if anyone has an unwanted one and is willing to send it to me or if there is a generous benefactor out there willing to donate some cash towards a new one, I would be most grateful, I'm sorry to ask but at the moment I just can't afford to cover the cost, on a limited income and produce the site at my own expense - please email admin@accessiblecountryside or donate using the Pay Now button lower down the page.
Update 02/12/16 – I have managed to get a discounted laptop but am still £137 short, not a lot to some but I have a very limited income so any donations would be most welcome – I am so grateful to those who have already given – this will enable me to continue maintaining and developing the website
ACE is an independent voluntary project, it is not a sales platform, it does not endorse products, it is here to provide information and promote accessibility to leisure and sport in England and Wales – primarily aimed at those with mobility issues, there carers and families.
The site has listings for National Sport, Family, Carer and Disabled Organisations - regional and local links can also be found on the appropriate regional / county pages
For National and International Accessible Holidays and Accommodation Providers links - see the main Holidays page
For England & Wales Accessible Accommodation & Camping links - see the Regional pages menu
For Wheelchair Walks, Greenspaces, Nature, Accessible Taxis, Pubs & Restaurants and Tourist Info links - select the Region then the County pages menu
ACE needs your help
This is a one man operation and I am struggling! Please volunteer to spend a little time checking some of the links on the site, if you find a broken link try to locate the correct link (sites do change stuff around, try a site search or visit the appropriate section) or find an alternative link (using a search engine) then email me with the details - see the contact page – Do as little or as much as you like, no commitment required. You will be helping me and other users of the site. There are currently in excess of 3500 external links on the ACE site and as other organisations update their websites broken links are an unfortunate and annoying fact of life. While I am able to use software to identify broken links I just do not have the time and resources currently to seek out the correct / alternative links, hence this appeal. If enough people pitch in it may even release me to further develop the site.
My thanks to those who have already contributed to making the site better.
there is a page with links to free software and information websites to help keep you safe on the web - there are also links to reporting sites and charities that help with issues caused by internet use
Using the site
Each Region has its own sub-site, with information provided at County / District level. Where I have it I include information on walks, parks, nature reserves, beaches, sport, recreation, support organisation, useful tourist info, disabled friendly taxis, accessible campsites, pubs, restaurants and hotel dining.
I also list National Organisations supporting those with a disability and their carers, supporting Children, Parents and Families and organisations offering Sporting and Recreational Activities for disabled people.
For anyone thinking of 'creating accessibility' at a site or project there is a page with links to reference material and best practice.
The site is evolving and I hope that you will keep coming back to the site, ACE is here to save you time searching the internet for information, ACE does this for you bringing together in one place, what I believe to be reliable information, from official and reputable sources
The Countryside is for Everyone
England and Wales has some of the most fantastic countryside, from mountains and valleys to rolling hills and scenic coast.
There are thousands of miles of public footpaths, bridleways, green lanes, trails and tracks however I have found that so little appears to be accessible to those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters, parents with buggies or those with mobility impairment who find stiles difficult to negotiate.
I am not able to remove the obstacles but I can publicise the places that are accessible. We all have a right to enjoy the countryside and our hope is that this site will help in making it more accessible to more people. . . Enjoy. . . The Countryside IS for Everyone - or should be!
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Accessible Tourist Info
I am also developing a sister site www.tourist.me.uk – listing visitor attractions and including accessibility details where I have been able to find them. After much work this now covers all of England