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Kent

Disabled Access, Wheelchair walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles, Buggy Walks - whatever the term the following is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of Kent

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest - (car parking charge) Path surfaces around the Pinetum and Play Trail are all firm and vary from tarmac to a hardened and compacted surface, some with a sprinkling of fine stones < 20mm. There is one area of boardwalk leading down from the visitor centre to the Pinetum that wheelchair users may find a little bumpy, though there is an alternative route available if this is likely to cause a problem. A Tramper (an all terrain personal mobility vehicle) is available for hire by visitors

Bewl Water - (Charges) Bewl Water Visitor Centre has good access to all areas for disabled persons with disabled persons parking close by. A hard track of tarmac and tightly compacted stone is accessible in a clockwise direction from the Visitor Centre and runs for approximately ¾ mile along a part of the reservoir’s edge offering outstanding views. A wheelchair accessible fishing boat (wheelyboat) is available for Flyfishing (Tel: 01892 890352)

Birchden Wood Buggy Walk - A circular walk of 1.5 miles (2.4km) on a sealed track through dense birch woodlands. Suitable for buggies - also see Archive PDF download

Broadwater Warren Buggy Walk RSPB Reserve - Route information A short linear walk of 1.25 miles (2km) on a good sealed track through an RSPB woodland full of birds and other wildlife. Suitable for buggies - see also Archive PDF download

Camer Park - A linear walk of 1.25 miles (2km). The path surface across the park is short grass followed by a hardened surface with occasional stones up to 50mm. Please Note: The grass surface becomes very muddy and difficult to negotiate in wet weather, particularly in the winter months - see also Archive PDF download

Clowes Wood - Route information A level walk of 3.2 miles/5.1km through Clowes Wood and open farmland. There are benches along the route but no toilet facilities. Open from dawn till dusk - see also Archive PDF download

Dunorlan Park - Easy Access Trail - A short circular walk of 1.6 miles (2.6km) on a tarmac surface around and ornamental lake in a beautiful Victorian park - also see Archive PDF download

Fordwich - A 2.5 mile walk of well compacted smooth surface stone except near read bed where it is 40mm stone. The path climbs all the way and there are no seats along the way - also see Archive PDF download

Hadlow - A at walk of 1.2miles (1.9km). The paths are a mixture of tarmac and a hard coarse surface. There are frequent rest areas along the route. A radar key may be required for wide access through the kissing gates - also see Archive PDF download

Jane Austen and Tonbridge walk - The circular walk begins and ends at Tonbridge library. We hope this walk will whet your appetite to read more about Jane Austen or to find out more about her life or the history of Tonbridge - see also Archive PDF download

Jeskyns Country Park - A walk of 1.25miles (2.2km). The all-ability route follows hard fine surfaced paths over gently rolling hills taking in Henhurst Lake. There are plenty of resting points but there no toilets in the park. There is a shorter route, the Court Wood trail, at 0.25 miles if required - also see Archive PDF download

Knole (NT) - (parking charges) A mixture of hard surfaces and concrete, with occasional stones and potholes. There are also short sections of short grass and bare earth. Paths climb and descend throughout the walk; gradients range from 1-in-7 to 1-in-20. - also see Knole Easy Access Trail and Archive PDF download

Hemsted Forest - A walk of 3.8 miles (6km) following the forest road. The paths are wide but with continual climbs and descents for the first half of the walk, including a 20% slope up from the car park entrance to the start of the walk. The hard stone surface - which generally diminishes in quality after the farmhouse - is coarse in places, (up to 60mm), with occasional potholes (up to 40mm) and cross slopes (up to 8%). There are no toilets - also see Archive PDF download

Minnis Bay to Reculver Country Park - A liniar walk of 3.7 miles. The route follows the Viking Coastal Trail - also see Archive PDF download

Perry Wood - A short easy access route suitable for wheelchairs

Royal Military Canal - West Hythe - A walk of 1.9 miles (3km) or 4 miles (6.4km). The route mainly follows paths that are flat and have a hard fine surface. There are toilets at information point 2, however the adapted toilets are only accessible during opening times - also see Archive PDF download

Samphire Hoe - Much of the Hoe is accessible for wheelchair users. The recommended route follows the front path, signposted 'west shore via the Hoe' .see also Samphire Hoe website

Thames/Medway Estuary - Grain - A walk of 1.8 miles (3km) following the estuary from Grain village. After a short ramped descent with occasional stones up to 20mm, the rest of the walk follows a concrete surface on the sea wall. There are occasional potholes up to 40mm, but these can be avoided. Please take care on the sea wall as there is no barrier on the seaward side - also see Archive PDF download

Toys Hill (NT) - disabled access route - also see Archive PDF download

Tonbridge to Haysden Country Park - A mostly flat walk of 3 miles (4.75km) along a tarmac path, then a hard surface (fine and coarse in places) around Barden Lake. Between the start of the walk and the park, the path can become narrow. In places, grass grows through the tarmac, and the path may be muddy after wet weather. There are frequent rest areas around Barden Lake - also see Archive PDF download

Tunbridge Wells Common Buggy Walk (pdf) - Short circular walk of 0.86 miles (1.4km) around historic common on tarmac paths. Public toilets close to start point and cafes within easy reach. Suitable for buggies - also see Archive PDF download

Turner and Dickens Walk - 4 miles - between Margate and Broadstairs - signposted route with distinctive black and white signs - accessible for all - also see Archive PDF download

Tyland Barn - Visitor Centre - public areas are accessible, there is a disabled toilet available during opening hours. he grounds are uneven and may be muddy at times

Walks - Kent High Weald - a number of parent and toddler walks available for download

Country Parks

Beacon Wood Country Park - A gently rolling 1.25 mile (2km) walk, with a shorter option of 0.6 miles (1km). The paths are well-compacted with occasional stones varying from 20 to 50mm. There are a number of benches along the route, but no toilet facilities - also see Archive PDF download

Brockhill Country Park - Green Flag Award -A popular family orientated park, Brockhill Country Park has lots to offer, from its rich variety of wildlife, to its wonderful walks - also see Archive PDF download

Leybourne Lakes Country Park - A gentle 1.8miles (2.9km). The pathways which are at and all hard surfaced provide good access to wheelchairs and buggies - also see Archive PDF download

Lullingstone Country Park - "There is a riverside path that runs along the River Darent between Lullingstone Country Park and Lullingstone Castle. This is a 20 minute stroll. The path is mainly unsurfaced but reasonably flat, which means there is good access during the spring/summer/autumn months, but may become muddy during the winter" - "The visitor centre on site offers excellent facilities including a café, toilets and shop" - also see Archive PDF download

Riverside Country Park - Disabled parking. Disabled toilets. Electric scooters are allowed on 'access for all' areas that are surfaced but not on 'pedestrian only' areas - also see Archive PDF download

Shorne Woods Country Park - Easy Access Trail for those less mobile - also see Archive PDF download and Shorne Woods Country Park - Green Flag Award - The park has easy access features and facilities. Paths are largely suitable for electric scooters. Electro scooters are available on free loan to those who have pre-booked a training session with the park.

Trosley Country Park - the Yellow Route, which is an easy access route suitable for buggies and wheelchairs - also see Archive PDF download

Walmer Castle to Deal Castle - An easy 2 milw walk except fo 40 meter lomg access ramp - also see Archive PDF download

White Horse Wood Country Park - A short walk of 0.7miles (1.1km) through Kent County Council’s newest country park. A longer walk can be completed of 0.9miles (1.4km) if viewing Thurnham Castle. There are frequent rest areas and outstanding views - also see Archive PDF download

Nature Reserves

Barnett’s Wood LNR - A countryside walk and picnic area, designed for people with impaired mobility and users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. Also see Archive PDF download

Blean Woods Reserve (RSPB) - Green trail is suitable for wheelchair users, with reasonably firm surfaces and gentle gradients. Some sections could be soft/muddy after heavy rain.

Bough Beech - The Bough Beech Visitor centres ground floor is accessible to all. A disabled toilet is available during opening hours. The grounds are uneven and may be muddy at times.

Broadwater Warren Reserve (RSPB) - "The 'All-Ability' Path is 700 m (approx 30- 40 minutes). It is flat, and hard-surfaced for the first section. There are wide kissing gates adapted for wheelchair and buggy users. One designated Nightjar viewpoint on All-Ability Path, without steps or doors. 200m from car park (approx 5-10 mins walk)".

Crane Valley LNR - "The nature reserve is partly accessible by boardwalk giving easy access to the site along its northern boundary.The path along the southern side of the reserve is unsurfaced and in relatively good condition".

Dungeness Reserve (RSPB) - A circular nature trail 3.2 km (2 miles) in length starts at the visitor centre. The track surface is largely hard-packed shingle with two stretches of short grass. The trail is generally suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs although there are occasional patches of more loose shingle. At the Hanson ARC site there are two tracks (both 380 m in length), one leading to a hide, one to a viewing screen. Both tracks are suitable for both wheelchairs and pushchairs. All hides and the viewing screen are wheelchair accessible.

Ham Street Woods NNR - A short 0.45 mile (0.7km) woodland walk. The path surface is compacted and reasonably smooth. There are climbs and descents for most of the route, and no rest areas - also see Archive PDF download

Northward Hill (RSPB) - Toilets, including accessible facilities, in car park. Trails level, or with small incline, un-surfaced, at least 2 m wide

Oare Marshes (LNR) - The whole reserve may be observed from the nature trail and viewing hides. For those confined to a car or wheelchair, there is a disabled only car park 300m from the hide overlooking the east flood. There are RADAR gates, the path is surfaced with compacted roadstone and is leve

Stodmarsh NNR - Most trails begin at the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve Car Park accessed directly from Stodmarsh Village centre. The beginning of the pathway is a purpose built, compacted stone pathway with seating at regular intervals and periodic passing places. - to download a pdf map click here

Beaches

Botany Bay - Facilities include lifeguards, cafe, public house near by, toilets and disabled access to beach.

Dumpton Gap - Beach chalets Restaurant/cafe nearby Toilets (Seasonal) Disabled access to the beach

Joss Bay - Facilities include lifeguards, cafe, parking, toilets, deckchairs for hire, surf ski/belly boards, disabled access. Disabled toilets open from the week before Easter to the end of September.

Louisa Bay - Disabled access the bay via a slope Beach chalets, cafe along the promenade

Margate Main Sands - Disabled access to beach with disabled toilets nearby at Buenos Ayres. Beach within Reach, Boardwalk - Beach wheelchairs available - see also www.visitthanet.co.uk

Minnis Bay - Disabled access to the beach with disabled toilets open all year and disabled parking bays. Restaurant / Cafe / Tea - see also www.visitthanet.co.uk

Ramsgate Main Sands - Disabled toilets open from the week before Easter to the end of September. Beach within Reach - Beach wheelchairs available

St Mildred's Bay - Disabled access to the beach and disabled toilets open all year, Beach shop

Stone Bay - Facilities include cafe, chalets for hire, toilets and disabled access via Broadstairs Harbour

Viking Bay - Beach within Reach - Beach wheelchairs available, Gift shop Restaurant / Cafe / Tea

West Bay Beach - Disabled access to the beach with disabled toilets open all year, Gift shop Restaurant / Cafe / Tea

Westbrook Bay - Disabled access to the beach.

Walpole Bay - Cafes and restaurants nearby, Disabled Access to the beach

Beach within Reach is a very small Thanet based charity that provides All-terrain wheelchairs to some of Thanet’s beautiful beaches.

Other Useful Links

Accessibilty in White Cliffs Country - Details of accessible attractions etc.

Changing Places toilets in Kent - Archived PDF download

Carers Bromley - Providing support to people in the London Borough of Bromley who, unpaid, provide care for others who are unable to cope on their own without assistance - Orpington

Carers FIRST - A charity supporting people who care for a relative or friend who could not manage without their support - SWKent, NWKent and Medway

Martha Trust - offers day care, respite care and residential care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities across Kent & Sussex.

North Kent Disabled Foundation -a new centre offering daytime facilities for the disabled, their carers, and their families

North West Kent Carers - non-profit organisation in Gravesend is dedicated to charity work in Kent supporting Carers

SNAAP (Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project) - supports families who have children with any additional need or disability living in the Canterbury & Coastal area.

Sport

Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby Club - Canterbury High School

Centre of Excellence for Disability Archery in Kent - If you are a disabled person living in or near Kent and think you might like to get involved with the sport of Archery then this could be the place for you.

Invicta PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Medway Park, Mill Road, Gillingham - Tel: 07789 764602 (no website)

Falcon Spartak Gymnastics Club - Sidcup - caters for all age groups and abilities, including those with disabilities. The club is based at Hurstmere School

Kent Cricket Board - KCB - Disability Cricket is at the heart of Kent Cricket Board's desire to make the game more inclusive and accessible to all across the county.

Kent Disability Sport - The site has info on local disabled sport access, equipment and venues.

Maidstone Rebels - wheelchair basketball club in Kent

Maidstone Warriors is a Basketball club based in Maidstone, Kent with teams in most age groups trained by skilled and committed coaches

Portsmouth PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: The Petersfield School, Petersfield - Tel: 07969 883564 (no website)

Sevenoaks PFC - a powerchair football club for anyone with a physical disability. We play in the national league and are affiliated to The WFA

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