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Cheshire

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 Cheshire.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Walks for all - Anderton Nature Park - Anderton Nature Park provides a haven for wildlife on restored industrial land adjacent to the historic Victorian boat lift and near to Northwich town centre

Walks for all - Ashton's and Neumann's Flashes (Northwich) - 2 - 3 miles - reclaimed lime beds provide an excellent area for short walks and bird watching - also see map - Archive PDF download

Biddulph Valley Way - Walkers, cyclists and horses riders will enjoy the flat well surfaced path of the Biddulph Valley Way. It is ideal for pushchairs and wheelchair users too - also see Archive PDF download

Black Bear Park (Warrington) - Paths are level and well surfaced and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. A wheelchair access point can be found at the Loushers Lane entrance to the park and there are kissing gates along the length of the park - also see map Archive PDF download

Congleton Park - Green Flag Award - ACE believes this site is accessible though no info on the council website

Culcheth Linear Park - Although control gates preventing motorbikes have been installed, these are fitted with RADAR locks enabling wheelchair and electric/mobility cars to use the site. The main track and other paths are constructed of rolled stone or shale

Lymm Dam - Wheelchair access is on the eastern side of the dam. Fishing platforms can be reached from the A56. Parking at Crouchley Lane will allow access to 1km of well surfaced, even paths around meadows on the east of the dam. This gives excellent views over the middle dam and offers access to benches and picnic tables along the paths and in the meadows.

Middlewood Way (Macclesfield) - The Middlewood Way is mostly level and wheelchair-accessible. To help you plan your visit, we have attempted to show on the map (see map and guide for more info) easy access points and areas of the Middlewood Way that may be difficult for wheelchairs - also see Archive PDF download

Paddington Meadows (Warrington) - Wheelchairs can access Paddington Meadows from Larkfield Avenue and follow the surfaced path round to the wildflower meadow. Access controls along the way are wheelchair friendly. The path around the riverside edge is not surfaced, uneven in places and unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs. Pushchairs and buggies should find most of the site accessible with care. Seating is provided at regular points.

Peel Hall Park (Warrington) - Peel Hall Park has mainly level tarmac paths suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The car park gives the easiest access for wheelchair users.

Queen's Park (Crewe) - Under Major reconstruction - though ACE believe the site is accessible there is no info on the council website

Salt Line and Borrow Pit Meadows (Alsager) - The Salt Line is a wide, well surfaced trail and generally flat, with plenty of seats and benches along the route. Access points along the Salt Line are being improved in order that disabled users may gain access by means of ramps. The new improved surface should ensure access all year round for all.

Shakerley Mere (Winsford) - "The path is level with a good surface and so is ideal for people of all abilities and with pushchairs. Disabled toilet only (RADAR key required)"

The Moor (Knutsford) - ACE believes the site has been awarded a Green Flag but there is no info on the council website regarding accessibility

Timbersbrook Picnic Area - There is a car park at Timbersbrook Picnic Area and a surfaced path goes round the edge of the picnic area where there are four picnic tables, two of which are wheelchair accessible.

Victoria Park (Warrington) - Level surfaced paths give easy access to the bowling greens and arena. A lift is available in the arena stand along with disabled toilet facilities. There is also a disabled toilet in the outside toilet block which is accessible with a RADAR key.

Walks for All in Cheshire East - Archived PDF download - with details of 10 accessible walks

Cheshire West and Chester 'Walks for All' - Archived PDF download - with details of 10 accessible walks

Weaver Parkway (Winsford) - The cycleway is wheelchair accessible, assistance may be required on other paths but access is being improved all the time - also see Walks for all - Weaver Parkway

Wheelock Rail Trail (Sandbach) - The trail is up to 3 metres wide and is a well surfaced flat trail, with local access points in Wheelock. There is no official car parking for this facility.

Whitegate Way (Winsford) - A totally accessible section, ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs, has been developed from Whitegate Station.

also

Quarry Bank - National Trust property - (charges) - wheelchair accessible shuttle bus between the car park and mill - tramper for hire on site

 

Country Parks

Astbury Mere Country Park - The Easy Access Trail is approximately 1.5km (1 mile) long and is suitable for everyone.

Marbury Country Park (Northwich) - over 3 miles (5km) of easy access path, which are ideal for wheelchair and pushchair users.

 

Nature Reserves

Brereton Heath LNR - Further sections of the lakeside path have recently been upgraded to make them more ‘user friendly’ for those visitors with wheelchairs or buggies.

Helsby Quarry LNR - The north-eastern loop is suitable for assisted wheelchair access.

Marshall's Arm LNR (Northwich) - "The main path through the site is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, a radar key is required to enter off Saxons lane. All other entrances have sloping paths and some steps. There is no car park."

Risley Moss LNR (Warrington) - Choose one of three short way-marked trials and explore the reserve on pathways suitable for prams and wheelchairs. For the disabled visitor there are resting points at regular intervals around the reserve along with wheelchair accessible picnic tables and two easy access bird hides. The visitor centre is also accessible for wheelchairs and there are disabled toilet facilities inside.

Stanney Woods LNR - Stanney Woods has excellent easy access for all, with a well surfaced network of level paths.

Trentabank (Macclesfield Forest) - The majority of walks from here are uphill; however there is a short stone surfaced track suitable for wheelchair users opposite the car park entrance which provides a good viewpoint of the reservoir and its birdlife, including the heronry.

 

Other Useful Links

Accessible Chester - Info on parking etc for disabled visitors to Chester

Cheshire Cil - Our mission as a DPULO is to empower disabled people to have independence, choice & control and to remove the barriers that exist within society.

Disability Stockport - a voluntary organisation which assists and supports people with physical disabilities and / or sensory loss or impairments.

Families UNited - Supporting Warrington’s children with disabilities and their families

The Wheelchair User's Guide for Accessible Chester and Cheshire Archived PDF download - A 48 page guide on Accessible Cheshire.

Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) - is an independent, user led Social Enterprise committed to valuing everyone's life skills, experience and individuality to enable positive change.

Warrington Mencap - work with adults with learning disabilities to enable them to live their lives as independently as possible

Warrington Parents & Carers - "We want to be the voice of disabled children and their families in Warrington. Our aim is to raise issues and make sure they are listened to and acted upon."

 

Sport

Active Cheshire is a strategic commissioner of sport and physical activity in Cheshire & Warrington (including disability sport)

Phoenix WBC - Wheelchair Basketball club based in Chester for people of all ages with and without disabilities