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 Durham.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Causey Arch and Picnic Area (Stanley) - Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility. Designated parking for visitors with disabilities -also see Archive PDF download
Cow Green Reservoir - There is a wheelchair accessible route, which is marked from the car park. As the area is high up (500 m/1650 feet above sea level), the weather may change suddenly and can be chilly even on a fine day. The county border between Cumbria and County Durham runs down the middle of the reservoir
Hamsterley Forest (Bishop Auckland) - Riverside Trail from main car park to Low Redford picnic area falls within requirements for wheelchair accessibility in terms of gradient and surface - also see Riverside Trail
Hardwick Park (Durham) - Blue badge parking bays. The visitor centre is fully accessible. The circuit walk is accessible to visitors of all abilities. The surfaced route is a minimum of two metres wide, generally flat and has no steps. There are two slopes but easier alternatives will be marked. Other paths around the park are generally flat but may be muddy at times.
Tees Railway Path Middleton in Teesdale - some wheelchair access and easy walking.
Red Kite Trail (Winlaton Mill) - The route follows the River Derwent upstream through Derwenthaugh Park and the Derwent Walk Country Park, along multi-user routes on well-surfaced paths that are accessible to wheelchair and pushchair users - also see Archive PDF download
Riverside Park (Chester-le-Street) - Green Flag Award - Riverside Park has been designed to meet the needs of a range of visitors. Public toilets, a disabled toilet and baby change facilities.
South Park (Darlington) - new sensory, rock and rose gardens. Toilets for Disabled Visitors.
Waskerley Way Archived PDF download - 10 miles railway walk / cycle - This linear route rises gradually from Consett toWeatherhill. There are several gradients but only those which are particularly steep have been noted on the map and you are advised to refer to the route profile.The path consists of a hard,unsealed surface with occasional large stones. There is loose material on some of the slopes. The path width is generally 1.8m but there is one section between Palmers bridge and Burnhill junction which is 1m wide. also see www.gps-routes.co.uk
Whitworth Hall Country Park - Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility. Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.) - also see www.disabledgo.com...
Other Useful Links
Darlington Association on Disability - Darlington Association on Disability is a user led organisation. It exists to promote independence and choice, and supports disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information and by tackling issues locally and nationally.
Durham County Carers - charity supporting family Carers in County Durham with information, advice and practical help
Gateway Wheelers - "Our Mission is to enable people with disabilities to enjoy cycling and create opportunities for personal development by providing suitable cycles, equipment and support." - "We have regular rides at Chester-le-Street, Darlington and Gateshead Stadium"
Lead to Encourage Activities Participation and Sport (LEAPS) - Wheelchair friendly routes and disability sport