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Hertfordshire

This is the place to locate countryside walks, nature reserves, and parks etc, in Hertfordshire,that are accessible to wheelchair users, mobility scooters, pushchairs and buggies. The walks and sites listed will generally be easy going for the able bodied who just want a gentle stroll as well as accessible to the disabled plus details of disabled sport, support and carers organisations in the county.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Alban Way, green route St Albans Abbey to Hatfield House - The Alban Way has a smooth surface, suitable for all users, with lighting at the Hatfield end. It has many access points, most of which are ramped or level. It provides a route for leisure, commuting and safe routes to school.

A Walk around Aldbury (stile free) - 3 miles. Level walk with only gentle slopes - also see Archive PDF download

Ashridge Estate (Berkhamsted) - There are two routes with a firm surface and no - also see Archive PDF download

Berkhamsted Waterways - 3 walks leaflet including a short easy access route Archive PDF download

Bancroft Park (Hitchin) - Disabled access - The park also supports a bowling club with two quality bowling greens as well as four public tennis courts and a private tennis club.

Barclay Park (Hoddesdon) - The total area of the park is 18.3 acres and facilities include car parking, picnic tables, a duck pond, toilets, easy access pathway and play equipment.

Bishop’s Stortford - Sawbridgeworth Station to Station Riverside Trail Archived PDF download - You can join the walk from either Bishop’s Stortford or Sawbridgeworth railway station. The tracks and paths described in this leaflet are mostly accessible to all users. At certain times of the year, particularly in the winter months the conditions mean that wheelchairs and prams/buggies may have difficulty in negotiating the described route.

Bishop’s Stortford Riverside Trail Archived PDF download - The tracks and paths described in this leaflet are accessible to all users. At certain times of the year however, particularly in the winter months, the conditions mean that wheelchairs may have difficulty in negotiating the described routes.

Broad Colney Lakes (London Colney) - "Some paths are suitable for wheelchair users. In dry weather wheelchair access is available from the car park to a viewing point over the main lake." - (It has been reported to us that contrary to the leaflet description the path is not suitable for wheelchairs - 1st Nov 2012 - had no update since then)

Broadway Gardens (Letchworth) - Disabled access - Broadway Gardens and Walk was developed following receipt of a £1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Cedars Park (Cheshunt) - Green Flag Award - The park covers over 19 acres and facilities include car parking, duck pond, pets' corner, picnic tables, toilets, easy Zebra finches at cedars park access path, and an art space.

Cheshunt Park - Green Flag Award - The park covers 235 acres and facilities include car parking, picnic tables, a play area, easy access path, toilets and café in the clubhouse, and community events

Clarence Park, St Albans - Green Flag Award - Disabled access detail on the DisabledGo website

Ebury Way (Rickmansworth) - 3.5 miles - The path is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users; disabled people can open the gates using RADAR keys - also see Archive PDF download

Hertford & Ware Walks Riverside Trail Archived PDF download - Rating Moderate (flat, some unsurfaced paths) Route Figure of Eight Time Approx 21⁄2 hours Distance Approx 53⁄4 miles

Howard Park (Letchworth) - Disabled access, Varied seating around the park and gardens - a vital green space in the heart of the town surrounded by mature trees and with formal gardens around the bowls area.

King's Meads (Ware) - The towpath, next to the River Lea and some paths are suitable for people with mobility problems.

North Herts District Council - Parks - details of local parks with 'Disabled Access'

Priory Memorial Gardens (Royston) - Pedestrian and Disabled Access, Bench Seating, Sensory Garden.

Rickmansworth Waterways (stile free) - 3 miles. Level throughout. The walk around Batchworth and Bury Lake is suitable for all terrain push chairs - also see Archive PDF download

South Oxhey Circular Walk - Map shows walk most suitable for wheelchairs & buggies see also details on Archive PDf download

The Cole Green Way & the Hertford to Ware Towpath - The Cole Green Way part of the route is accessible for disabled visitors at various points. Motorised scooter wheelchairs are probably the best option due to the nature of the surfacing - also see Archive PDf download

The Grand Union Canal Towpath from Rickmansworth to Watford - Improvements to the towpath between Watford and Rickmansworth provide a good, flat surface for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users - also see Archive PDf download

The Nickey Line - the site shows a map with Level Access Points marked

Tring and Wigginton (stile free) - 4¼ miles. There is a moderate climb from the footbridge over the A41 to Wigginton, otherwise the route is relatively level - also see Archive PDf download

Tring Reservoir & Canal Walks - Walks likely to be suitable for people with impaired mobility and users of wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs - also see Archive PDf download

Verulamium, St Albans - 2 miles. Grade: Easy - suitable for pushchairs - no info on wheelchair access - also see Archive PDf download

Country Parks

Leavesden Country Park - All the main pathways and walkways within the park are tarmac and provide easy access by wheelchair to almost all areas of both the north and south sides of the park - There is disabled access into the park from the Linnet Road entrance with 6 marked disabled bays at the North of the park.

Nature Reserves

Amwell Nature Reserve - Tracks around the Reserve are accessible to all. The paths are firm and level in most places, but after wet weather may be muddy and there may be some standing water.

Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve - 1.3 km Easy Access Trail - Surfaced paths take you around a nature trail to a picnic area on the lake, and a viewing platform on the River Colne - also see Archive PDf download

Hertford Heath - Easy walking; paths throughout the reserve. Terrain is relatively easy and suitable for wheelchair users in dry weather

Ivel Springs (Baldock) - Disabled Access,Nature reserve, Way marked walks, Dog Walking - also see Archive PDF download

Norton Common LNR (Letchworth) - Disabled access - Its facilities cater for young and old alike whether to enjoy family activities centred around the play areas, picnic area or walking along the open areas or through the woodlands.

Oughtonhead Common LNR (Hitchin) - The path can be accessed from the Bedford Rd entrance or any of the three surfaced side-paths running off Burford Way. All have kissing gate access suitable for wheelchairs (Westmill Lane has access for large mobility vehicles (RADAR gate)). see also Archive PDF download

Rye Meads (Hoddesdon) - Access to the nature reserve is through the visitor centre via a hard path. Paths linking the hides are flat with some grass areas, and mostly conform to Zone A, although, the path surface has not yet been laid and therefore are classified as Zone B. Some parts of the paths are narrow, but passing places are provided. Paths are level and low gradient ramps are provided for bridges. A robust wheelchair is available for visitors: there is no charge for this.

Rye Meads Reserve (RSPB) - Three wheelchair / buggy accessible trails - Moorhen Trail (0.3 mile/550 m), Kingfisher Trail (0.5 mile/750 m) and Otter Trail (one mile/1.5 km). - Disabled toilets / Baby changing - Visitor Centre

Other Useful Links

Carers in Hertfordshire - Our services are available, free, to all carers who live in Hertfordshire or care for someone who lives in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Action on Disability - HAD has been delivering innovative, affordable, practical services to older and disabled people since 1958 - Operates a 24 hour wheelchair accessible transport service for people with disabilities.

Canal Ability - Affordable canal boat day trips & holidays on the waterways of Essex, Herts & London for disabled people, communities, families & youth groups

Sport

Aspire Powerchair Sports Club - have three Powerchair Football teams that all compete in the WFA (Wheelchair Football Association) National Leguages - Premiership and Championship. All three teams train together at the Watford Leisure Centre Woodside

 

tourist.me.uk/hertfordshire - a tourist info site for Hertfordshire which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions