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Hampshire Accessible Countryside, Sport and Disabled Organisations

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 Hampshire

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Alice Holt Forest Discovery Trail - The Easy Access Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and has an optional shortcut. There are benches at points along the route - Short route 1 mile. Long route 1.5 miles.Limestone path. The route is level with some gentle undulations - also see Archive PDF download

Basingstoke Canal - 32 miles of restored towpath from Greywell in Hampshire to Byfleet, Surrey - wheelchair accessible - also see www3.hants.gov.uk

Blackwater (Arboretum) - Take a stroll through the nationally important collection of trees in Blackwater Arboretum along our Sensory Trail or walk along the Tall Trees Trail - also see Archive PDF download

Blackwater Valley Path - Multi-user sections - From the A323 Ash Road to Frimley, these sections are suitable for cycles and wheelchairs - also see Archive PDF download

Butts Brow to Burling Gap - 11km / 6.5 miles - trail from Butts Brow car park - also see Archive PDF download

Cadman’s Pool Archived PDF download - This is a good area for picnics, or just to sit and enjoy the view. There is an easy walk around the Pool on firm grass, gravel and concrete path. The gentle walk around the Pool is 500 metres (550 yards)

Chichester Harbour Wheelyboat - wheelchair accessible Mk IV Wheelyboat for use in and around Chichester Harbour for the benefit of individuals, families, groups and organisations

Devils Dyke - "There is good wheelchair access around the hilltop and a fully accessible trail for wheelchairs and bikes back into Brighton" - also see Archive PDF download

Eastrop Park Tree Trail - Green Flag Award - The majority of this trail follows a hard tarmac path and is therefore suitable for prams, buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters - see also Archive PDF download

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway - (Charges) - The Gardens are fairly level with the main paths being suitable for wheelchairs. Carers are admitted free of charge into the Gardens on a one to one basis

Hatchet Pond (New Forest) - Wheelchair accessible next to the pond in the car park area. This is also a good place to head for to watch the sun go down.also see this site

Hordle Cliff - Milford-on-Sea Archived PDF download - Walk 1 - up to 3.2 km (2 miles);- Walk 2 - to Hurst Road East car park 4.2 km (2.6 miles) There are bench seats at frequent and regular intervals

Janesmoor Pond Archived PDF download - it is a very short walk from the edge of the car park to the Pond. This is a good area for picnics, or just to sit and enjoy the view. There is an easy walk around the Pond on firm, slightly undulating grass. The length of this walk is 300 metres (330 yards).

Keyhaven Harbour - This is a gentle walk with lovely views. Choose the length of walk to suit your own circumstances - see also Archive PDF download and Archive PDF download

Liss Riverside Railway walk - 8 miles - the route of the old military railway that runs alongside the River Rother. also see this site and Archive PDF download

Magdalen Hill Down - The new North extension has a disabled access track running from a small carpark down the track adjoining the cemetary (disabled access with RADAR key) to the St Swithin's school entrance.

Meon Valley Disused Railway Line Archived PDF download - 10 miles - This leaflet is for the cycle trail though there is no 'accessibility' info ACE believe this trail is wheelchair accessible - varied surfacing and can get muddy - update - please also see Archive PDF download

New Forest Accessibility - Official website has much info on accessible attractions, pubs, toilets etc for the area. - There are designated accessible footpaths in The New Forest provided by the Forestry Commission see link above.

New Forest Inclusive Cycling - aims to engage any person in cycling regardless of their physical or intellectual ability, age or confidence level. The project makes use of a wide array of adapted cycles including tricycles, recumbent cycles, wheelchair cycles, hand cycles and tandems as well as two-wheeled bicycles.

Rufus Stone Archived PDF download- it is a very short walk from the car park on a good gravel path. The surrounding grass is fairly undulating and in places very damaged by animal hooves. Parts of the field can be boggy after rain. A nice quiet place to have a picnic.

Shepherd Meadows - Disabled access to the river is available from the Marshall Road car park.

Swanwick Lakes - Most of the paths are surfaced and have benches every 200m or less. There are slopes (10-20% for up to 50m) into the pits, but the paths are flat elsewhere - see also Archive PDF download

Testwood Lakes - A series of paths provide walks around the Lakes, to the Centre and to the bird hides. All surfaced paths are waymarked, most are relatively flat and have benches at regular intervals. Please note that some of the paths regularly flood during winter. If you have a large buggy or wheelchair you may need to get a RADAR key for the gates – keys are available from the Centre by arrangement - see also www.hiwwt.org.uk

The Vyne - Admission charge. 460 metres.Car parking available. Accessible toilets available. Path from the main car park through the gardens to the main house, the route passes two lakes, parkland with cattle, a walled garden and a tree lined avenue - also see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne

Whitefield Moor - Archived PDF download - The marked Ober Water Trails start from Whitefield Moor car park, which is 3km. (2 miles) due west of Brockenhurst village. They are two circular easy-going walking trails.

Wilverley Plain - Easy Access Trail: Distance 2 miles.This path has been graded as difficult with some rough patches and occasional short, fairly steep slopes.

Winnall Moors - In the southern end of the reserve there is a circular path,suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, which leads you along the riverbank and along a new boardwalk through the reedbed. This gives great views of the bird and plantlife that abounds here - see also Archive PDF download

Country Parks

Holly Hill Woodland Park - Recently refurbished toilets, including facilities for disabled people are situated at the main car park. See PDF for trail details - see also Archive PDF download

Itchen Valley Country Park - 1 mile Forest Trail is accessible by all and an electric scooter is available to hire in the Visitor Centre - see also Archive PDF download

Lepe Country Park - An easy-going trail on the lanes and rights of way surrounding Lepe and Blackfield on the edge of the New Forest also see this site - also see Archive PDF download

Manor Farm Country Park - A network of mostly wide, well-surfaced trails allows easy exploration of the country park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park - is largely accessible for users of wheelchairs and pushchairs. There is a mobility scooter and two electric wheelchairs that can be borrowed from the visitor centre. Booking in advance is essential.

Royal Victoria Country Park - The central area of the park and all facilities are accessible. Two accessible toilets, play area providing facilities for children who use wheelchairs.Sensory Garden . Some locations, including the toilet located by the tearooms, requires access via a RADAR key, which can be obtained from our park office.

Yateley Common Country Park - The Gravel Pit car park (off the A30 between Yateley and Blackwater) gives access to a pond and to a network of paths through open heathland and woodland. Additional easy access paths across grassland, heathland and woodland lead from Blackbushe airport car park (off the A30, west of Cricket Hill Lane).

Nature Reserves

Blashford Lakes - The main paths are all rolled gravel with shallow gradients. At access points the kissing gates have RADAR keys for wider opening to allow passage of wheelchairs and buggies. A key can be borrowed from the Education Centre by arrangement. - Mobility scooter hire is also available tel 01425 472760 - also see Archive PDF download

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (New Forest) - All the walks are well marked; the paths are fairly wide with a smooth gravelled surface and no gates.

Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve - Green Flag Award - All gates are suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles. - gravel path and boardwalks

Fleet Pond Local Nature Reserve - There is an excellent variety of walks for all abilities. There is disabled access on surfaced paths.

Martin Down NNR - on-site parking - also see Hampshire NNR's

North Solent NNR - There is disabled access and temporary toilet facilities at ‘Shore Hide’ located at Warren Shore on the western side of the river mouth, looking out over the salt marsh toward the Isle of Wight. Access to this hide and other hides in the area can only be used with permission, with the exception of a hide located on the Solent Way, North of Bucklers Hard at Keeping Marsh.

Old Winchester Hill NNR - There is a car park at the northern end of the reserve that gives access to a picnic area and an interpretation unit. RADAR key holders may use another car park on Old Winchester Hill lane and follow an Easy Access Trail to the hill fort. There is also parking for disabled visitors at the viewpoint along the lane.

Pamber Forest - All the paths are firm in dry weather and are more than 1m wide. The path from Impstone Road to the forest entrance has a 10% gradient for 200m, but all other paths on the trail are more gently sloping - less than 2% gradient.

Rowhill Nature Reserve - There are paths throughout the Reserve and in addition there is a trail for people with special needs that can be reached via Parkland Grove (off Weybourne Road) at the eastern end of the reserve.

Titchfield Haven NNR - Charges - Continual improvements are being made to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy a visit to the reserve. We advise that wheelchair users are accompanied. There are accessible toilets in the Centre.

Beaches

Hayling Island - Efforts have been made in the last year to make the seafront area accessible to all with the provision of boardwalks over the shingle bank, which are wide enough to take wheelchairs.

Other Useful Links

Enable Ability - independent charity for care, welfare and advancement of disabled people in Portsmouth and the surrounding area

Enham Trust - a disability charity based in Hampshire, where we have been supporting people with disabilities since 1919

Parent Support Link (PSL) is a vibrant and active service provided for people affected by someone else’s drug and alcohol use. (Southampton)

Portsmouth Healthy Walks - many are wheelchair accessible and the leaflet includes access details (download from their site)

Smile Support & Care - a registered, regional charity providing much needed full and part-time support to families with disabled children and young adults up to and beyond the age of 25.

SPECTRUM is a User Led Organisation, run and controlled by Disabled People.

Winchester Visitors with Disabilities - General visitor information, Shopmobility, parking, toilets, accessible places to eat, etc.

Winchester Young Carers - an independent charity which provides support for Young Carers aged 8-17yrs throughout the Winchester District

Wetwheels Angling - Fully accessible powerboat enabling disabled people to enjoy boat fishing, at Gunwharf Quays Marina in Portsmouth.

Sport

Blackhawks WBC - WheelchairBasketball club based in Hampshire & Surrey

Disabled Sailors Association - providing REAL sailing for ALL types of disabled people

Ellingham Water Ski and Wakeboard Club - Disabled Water Ski Association (South West)

Frensham Pond Sailability - a partnership between Frensham Pond Sailing Club (FPSC) and Farnham & District Sports Association for the Disabled (FDSAD).

Hampshire FA - Disability - A county inclusive football forum has been established with members including the County FA, county disability sports officer, local authorities and clubs

Hampshire Harriers Wheelchair Basketball Club is the main activity of the Hampshire Wheelchair Sports Club

Hampshire Hornets - Junior Hampshire Hornets Wheelchair Basketball club - provides wheelchair basketball training for physically disabled children and youths aged 7-17 years

Rushmoor Mallards - a disability sports club based at Farnborough, offering a wide range of sports for people with any impairment and of any age, together with their friends and family.

Solent Sharks - wheelchair rugby - St Marys Leisure Centre, St Mary’s Road, Southampton

Treloar Tigers PFC -powerchair football -Training Venue: Treloar College, Alton - Tel: 01420 547749 (no website)

Westcountry Hawks - wheelchair rugby - based in Plymouth at The Life Centre

 

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