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Berkshire

Disabled Access, Wheelchair walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles - whatever the term the following is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of Berkshire

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Parks in Maidenhead details of facilities and access.

Ambarrow Court - A disabled access path runs through Ambarrow Court, including handrails and passing places to allow wheelchair and mobility impaired users to access the range of habitats found throughout the site - see walks leaflet Archive PDF download

Braywick Park and Sports Ground (Maidenhead) - SportsAble (formerly known as WAMDSAD) - no accessibility info found.

Clinton's Hill - Surface paths give access to the picnic area at this site. This is adjacent to the play area.

Cookham (Easy Going Route) - The majority of the route is flat, and the surface is mainly either grass or tarmac. There are several bridges, the steepest of which has a gradient of 1:4. Benches along the route provide a welcome resting place and refreshments are available both in the village and at The Bounty Cafe and Bar (seasonal) on the furthermost point of the route at Cock Marsh - se also Archive PDF download

Frost's Folly & Warfield Church Archived PDF download - Distance - 2.5 km. Surface - concrete or tarmac with one short section of well worn gravel. Gradient - moderate. Obstacles - one accessible gate and one large accessible kissing gate

Home Park (Windsor) - no accessibility info found.

Jock's Lane & The Cut - Distance - 3.75 km, Surface - Hard surface for most of the whole route, rough/bumpy in places. Gradient - Moderate. Obstacles - two road crossings and one easy access gate. Wheelchair rating - moderate/challenging - see also Archive PDF download

Kidwells Park and Play Area (Maidenhead) - Green Flag Award, Surfaced paths and lighting - no other accessibility info found.

Larks Hill & West End - Distance - 2 km Surface - There is a hard surface for the whole route, half of which is tarmac; sections of Avery Lane and Larks Hill may be bumpy. Gradient - Slight, with one or two short moderate slopes. Obstacles - The footbridge over The Cut has an offcamber approach. Wheelchair rating - moderate / challenging.

Lily Hill Park - Green Flag Award - Accessible paths (suitable for mobility scooters) have been created as part of restoration works at the site.

Longhill Park - The site is generally flat and reasonably accessible for the mobility-impaired.

Maidenhead - Ray Mill Island - DISTANCE: 0.3 miles (500m) of paths on island SLOPE: Any steeper than 1:12 are marked CROSS SLOPE: Maximum 1:7 for 1m WIDTH: Paths mostly more than 1.5m wide with level grass to side - also see Archive PDF download

Pope's Meadow - Green Flag Award - A circular hoggin path starts in the main car park and provides easy access to the pond, picnic benches and open grassland.

Reading - River Thames Promenade Archived PDF download - DISTANCE: 1.6 miles (2.6km) of riverside path SLOPE: Any steeper than 1:12 are marked WIDTH: 2m or wider. Lovely riverside path with choice of open parkland upstream or urban promenade downstream.

Shepherd Meadows and Sandhurst Memorial Park - Green Flag Award - Disabled access paths at this site in Sandhurst lead to fishing platforms that are suitable for the mobility impaired.

The Royal Landscape Windsor Great Park - (Charges) Details of disabled access to The Savill Garden and the Valley Gardens.

Walks for All by the River Thames - 12 short, easy routes - These are 12 easy, short walks by the River Thames that are likely to be suitable for people with reduced mobility, users of wheelchairs or mobility scooters and people with pushchairs and young families. They range from near the river's source in the Cotswolds to Hampton Court on the edge of London.

Westmorland Park - This is an eight-hectare parkland with sports facilities, open grassland, play areas, a pond and mature parkland trees. A surfaced path suitable for wheelchairs runs parallel to the west boundary.

Country Parks

California Country Park - The toilets, cafe and lake path are accessible.

Dinton Pastures Country Park - There is an access toilet and many paths are accessible by buggy and wheelchair. Reduced rates and special fishing swims are available for disabled anglers. There is a short waymarked route suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Two mobility scooters are available for use on the park after individuals have gone through a short 'driving test'.

Nature Reserves

Bowdown Woods Nature Reserve - Getting around: 54.5 ha (135 acres) - Variable. Bomb Site flat and surfaced, disabled access. Bowdown gentle slopes, soft after rain. Baynes steep slopes, uneven under foot; long flight of steps.

Hungerford Marsh Nature Reserve - (No Specific Disabled Access info) - Getting around: 11.5 ha (28.5 acres) Flat site with a surfaced path. Can flood in winter. Gates and bridges to negotiate.

Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre - There's wheelchair and pushchair access to the new pond and paths around the lake, as well as the disabled toilets and baby changing.

Other Useful Links

Berkshire Carers - We're an information, advice & support service for unpaid carers in Bracknell, Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Windsor and Maidenhead (disabled visitor info) - Parking, toilets, attractions etc.

Disability Information in West Berkshire (DIWB) - The aim of our website is to provide a one stop shop for information, for all people with a disability who live, visit or are connected to the district of West Berkshire

Family Information Service (FIS) - a free information service for families with children aged from birth - 19 years old (up to 25 years old for children with Special Needs/ Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD)) living in Reading.

Swings & Smiles - We aim to provide an environment where people with special needs and their carers, siblings or the whole family can play together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings.

Crossroads Care Reading - offers a full range of services for all groups, disabilities or health conditions.

West Berkshire Disability Alliance -

Wokingham Area Access Group - the official disability access guide and accessibility award schemes for the Wokingham, Berkshire area

Sport

Berkshire Wheelchair Basketball - Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Team, Berkshire's only Wheelchair Basketball, promoting disability sport and fitness in Berkshire - caters for players aged 8 upwards

Get Berkshire Active - Disability Sports Clubs - listing of local clubs and contacts

Reading PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Reading

SportsAble - formaly the Windsor Ascot Maidenhead District Sports Association for the Disabled - One of our key objectives is to promote awareness of disability through sport and recreation and particularly integration of disabled and able-bodied people. (Maidenhead )

 

tourist.me.uk provides listings of Berkshire heritage, nature and general visitor attractions many with accessibility info