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Dorset

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 Dorset

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Alum Chine and Argyll Gardens Bournemouth - Green Flag Award - Public toilets with disabled facilities

Boscombe Chine Gardens - There are hard surface foopaths throughout, and the site is suitable for wheelchair users.

Bowleaze Cove - Wheelchair accessible but some steep inclines. This popular cliff top grassed open space is a quiet and peaceful spot that offers spectacular views across the whole of Weymouth Bay and Portland.

Brownsea Island - Paths leading to the Visitor Centre are fairly level and smooth. Free tractor-trailer trails for less mobile visitors, twice daily, 11am and 1.30pm.

Christchurch Quay - Wheelyboat hire, wheelchair accessible boat available also see this site

Durlston Country Park's Woodland Trail - A ¾ mile walk using the South West Coast Path that is likely to be suitable for people with impaired mobility or with a pushchair, wheelchair, or mobility - also see the entry under Nature Reserves below

Easton Gardens (Portland) - Green Flag Award - The garden is wheelchair accessible and level throughout.

Eyebridge Riverside Pathway - 975 metres. No accessible toilet. No access charge. Car parking available. The pathway starts from the car park and follows the banks of the River Stour upstream to a seating area.

Greenhill Gardens (Weymouth) - Green Flag Award -Lower and upper entrances near the cafe or town end of the gardens are wheelchair accessible. Some paths in the gardens are steep.

Isle of Portland circuit - Many of the paths around Portland Bill are accessible for powered wheelchair users and rugged pushchairs, and the first ½ mile of this route follows a level wide path,

Lulworth Cove & the Fossil Forest - A relatively short walk across a beach and uneven ground with an optional steep hill. The section to Stair Hole is suitable for pushchairs and some wheelchairs.

Milldown and Stour Meadows - variety of woodland, scrub, grassland and downland - Disabled access

Mude Valley - Largely flat terrain, paths mainly gravel based, including cycle track/greenway which run for much of length of site

North Dorset Trailway - 7.5 miles - The trail runs along a flat, surfaced 2-metre wide track suitable for push chairs/ wheel chairs, horses, bicycles and walkers - Archive PDF download

Nothe Gardens - The gardens are mainly accessible by wheelchair although there is limited access to some of the lower paths.

Poor Common - Over 2km of well surfaced and level paths run throughout the site and all entrance points are kissing gates which can be assessed by large mobility vehicles

Purbeck Way - The first 60m has been recently improved for wheelchair access so that it is a fairly level, well surfaced path with extra seating and access into Priory Meadow which is also wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly (gravel paths) - also see Archive PDF download

Radipole Park Gardens (Weymouth) - The entrances at both ends are wheelchair accessible and the gardens provide a pleasant and flat walking route.

Slop Bog - Level. A circular route which includes a boardwalk can be accessed from West Moors road. This is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Other paths can be uneven or muddy in places, although passable with care and sensible footwear - also see Archive PDF download

Springdale Road and Upton Viewpoint - "Following the track south from Springdale Road car park leads to the viewpoint, a high point with views out across Upton Heath, Poole harbour and the Purbeck Hills" - Flat,Gravel paths, with wide gates

Studland village to Old Harry - A walk using the South West Coast Path that is likely to be suitable for people with impaired mobility or with a pushchair, wheelchair, or mobility scooter

The Lawrence of Arabia Trail - "Section 2 (¼ mile) between Moreton and the ford over the River Frome is the most accessible part of the route for wheelchairs/mobility scooters. It is a wide, well surfaced quiet lane. The track to St Nicholas Church is also well surfaced" - also see Archive PDF download

The Stour Valley Way - Especally around Tuckton, the paths are well laid and wheelchair access is possible. But beware the Carpark at Wick if you intend using a wheelchair. In places the gravel is too deep and the chair digs in. The gravel footpaths on the Stour Valley Way are better and the gravel is more campacted

The Upper, Central and Lower Gardens (Bournemouth) - Green Flag Award - no info found on disabled access

Upton Wood - There is wheelchair and mobility scooter access from Pony Drive, Upton Heath Estate or Gorse Lane. The main paths are suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters also see Archive PDF download

Victoria Gardens (Portland) - The gardens are wheelchair accessible from all entrances.

Wareham - Abbots Quay - Wheelyboat hire, wheelchair accessible boat giving access to the rive Frome

Wareham Forest Way - The first 780m is on a fairly level, well surfaced route through the quiet streets of Wareham between the Quay and Wareham Common - also see Archive PDF download

Country Parks

Avon Heath Country Park - There are disabled toilets which are open all the time. Accessible to families and people with a wide range of abilities and interests. - 1 tramper available see www.countrysidemobility.org

Durlston Country Park - Four Trails provide an ideal starting point for your exploration of Durlston. The Clifftop, Wildlife, Woodland and Victorian Trails are clearly way-marked, with good access. Leaflets for each Trail are available from the Visitor centre, where most of the Trails start. Visitor Centre and car parks Toilets are located at the Visitor Centre and include a toilet for disabled visitors and nappy changing facilities. also see www.durlston.co.uk and this site

Lodmoor Country Park - The park is wheelchair accessible and level but with informal gravel pathways.Public and disabled toilet facilities open 24 hours a day

Moors Valley Country Park - The footpaths around the Moors and Crane lakes, the play trail and in the vicinity of the Visitor Centre are tarmac or compacted gravel and so are fairly good for wheelchairs and pushchairs.Accessible toilets can be found at the Visitor Centre, Kingsmere Station and Golf Centre. There is a Crossfire all-terrain manual wheelchair & 2 mobility scooters (Trampers) to hire tel

Upton House & Country Park - Toilet facilities for the disabled are available in the car park and by the Tearooms, using the RADAR lock system. RADAR padlocks are also fitted to the two cycle barriers in the park. Main paths around the park are wheelchair accessible as are Upton House and the Peacock Tearooms

Nature Reserves

Arne (RSPB) - This reserve nr Wareham has disabled parking spaces, ground is flat and firm, accessible trail (2.5km), visitor centre, shop, cafe, disabled toilets - Tramper available for hire

Hartland Moor NNR - The NNR is listed as part of the Fieldfare Trust's Millennium Miles project as having disabled access via the Hartland Way, a 410 metre track that follows Scotland Road - the path of a disused tramline.+ Hartland Way, a 410 metre track. - also see Archive PDF download

Higher Hyde Heath Reserve (Dorset Wildlife Trust) - Several paths & a marked trail cross the heath. Disabled access to the bird hide & viewing area.

Lodmoor Nature Reserve (RSPB) - There is easy access to the rest of the reserve along firm paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Purewell Meadows Local Nature Reserve - Generally flat ground with gravel paths. The site is low lying and can get very wet after rain.

Steamer Point Local Nature Reserve - Good access. Most of site is flat with gravel paths. Main route through site is tarmaced. Gates with easy access latch at car park end of site.

Other Useful Links

Access Dorset - aims to enhance the everyday lives of disabled people, older people, carers and other people who may benefit from support or information

Advocare - Caring for Carers - Advocare was set up by a small group of carers and former carers to help unpaid family caregivers. Run by carers for carers

Dorset Parent Carer Council "DPCC is an ever growing group of over 700 parents of disabled children and young people spread across all of Dorset. We work to make lives better for ourselves and our families" - also has 4 Beach Huts for use by Dorset Parent Carer Council members

M.V. Freedom - M.V. Freedom is a boat for the disabled, having full wheel chair access approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

Pooleview - Welcome to the Poole Page devoted to those who have to use wheelchairs or have other disabilities which might affect your abililty to get out and about in Poole, and enjoy this lovely area for yourselves. (Including info on beach wheelchairs)

Poole Access for Disabled Visitors - General info - Shopmobility, parking etc.

West Dorset Accessibility Guide Archived PDF download - General accessibility info produced by West Dorset District Council

Sport

Active Dorset - Active Dorset works across the sporting landscape actively supporting partners to increase participation in sport and physical activity

Dorset Disabled Cricket - Gordon Pickersgill manages the Dorset disabled cricket team and he is looking for new players who might be keen to play cricket and get involved.

Disability Football - Dorset County FA - supports a range of disability football activities within the county

Dorset Destroyers Wheelchair Rugby Club - Dorset's first Wheelchair Rugby Club

 

tourist.me.uk provides listings of Dorset Visitor attraction, heritage and nature attractions, many with brief accessibility information