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Lancashire

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 Lancashire plus details of disabled sport, support, carers and family organisations in the county.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Abbey Lakes (Up Holland) - Wheelchair friendly paths are indicated on the map.

Alkincoats Park (Colne) - Green Flag Award - Many of the footpaths are wheelchair friendly. There is a disabled toilet in the park's pavilion

Amberswood and Low Hall - Some of the footpaths around Amberswood can be used by disabled visitors, but full access is not currently offered

Arnside and Silverdale (12 Easy Access Walks) - highlights 12 routes that are wheelchair/pushchair friendly. - Arnside and Silverdale AONB

Barrowford Park - Green Flag Award - Many of the footpaths are wheelchair friendly. Disabled toilets are available at the Heritage centre and Bowling Pavilion (in season). Disabled car parking bays are available at the Heritage Centre entrance to the park.

Clowbridge Reservoir (Burnley) - wheelchair friendly - some paths suitable for assisted wheelchair users

Cowm Reservoir (Rochdale) - wheelchair friendly - some paths are suitable for assisted wheelchair users.

Fairy Glen (Appley Bridge) - Wheelchair friendly paths are indicated

Forest of Bowland Tramper, wheelchair, pushchair Trails - the Tramper is a specially designed four-wheel drive all-terrain electric buggy, which can be used off road and even on rough ground, mud and grass.

Happy Mount Park (Morecambe) - Access has been improved to allow easier wheelchair use.

Haslingden Grane (Blackburn) - wheelchair friendly - Calf Hey trail suitable for assisted wheelchair users.

Heyhead Park (Brierfield) - Green Flag Award - All paths are wheelchair friendly. Disabled toilets are available within the Bowling Pavilion (in season)

Marsden Park (Nelson) - Green Flag Award - Many of the paths and walkways are wheelchair friendly, with a disabled footpath from Hallam Road connecting to Walton Lane. There are disabled parking bays situated in front of Marsden Old Hall, also Mother and Baby changing facilities. Sensory Garden - with tactile path finders (we are in the process of recording an audio trail)

Platts Lane Lake (Burscough) - Wheelchair friendly paths are indicated

Rivington (Chorley) - wheelchair friendly - some paths suitable for assisted wheelchair users - disabled toilet and baby change facilities available (RADAR key)

Roddlesworth and Darwen Moor - Disabled toilet facilities available (RADAR key) -

Ruff Wood (Ormskirk) - Wheelchair friendly paths are indicated on the map.

Scorton - Priory Trails (Preston) - A circular trail with two optional extensions. Trail 2 is a pleasant 'ramble' in its own right, starting from Scorton village.

Stanah Circular Walk (Thornton Cleveleys) - A gentle walk through the lush Wyre Estuary Country Park and along the coast. Easy terrain for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and perfect for spotting the rich birdlife.(it has been reported to ACE that "pushing a person using a manual wheelchair is difficult due to stones, bricks and uneven surfaces" also "no finger post signs; no sign nor gate at Underwood Road" - Oct 2016)

Sunnyhurst Woods (Blackburn) - Low mobility path and disabled parking

Tawd Valley Park (Skelmersdale) - Wheelchair friendly paths are indicated

Three Sisters Recreation Area - Some of the footpaths around here can be used by disabled visitors, but full access is not currently offered

Towneley Hall (Burnley) - 520 metres. it is a circular route with plenty of seating and it is within easy reach of the Hall .Accessible Toilets. Refreshment facilities. Car parking available.

Trans Pennine Trail - The Trans Pennine Trail is mapped and signed all the way, mainly traffic free and is surprisingly level considering the dramatic scenery along the way. Easy gradients and surfaced paths make many sections suitable for families, gentle exercise and people using wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Valley Gardens (Barnoldswick) - Green Flag Award - Many of the footpaths and walkways in the park are wheelchair friendly.

Victoria Park (Nelson) - Green Flag Award - Many of the footpaths and walkways in the park are wheelchair friendly.

Walverden Park (Nelson) - Green Flag Award - Many of the footpaths are wheelchair friendly.

Wresdale Wheels for All (Forest of Bowland) - Tramper trails around Scorton. The Scorton area is part of the Forest of Bowland AONB and it has fantastic views across Morecambe Bay and Lancaster.

Worthington Lakes - Wheelchair friendly - some paths are suitable for assisted wheelchair users. Tapping trail for visually impaired visitors around Arley Reservoir disabled toilet with RADAR key

Wyre Estuary Country Park (Green Trail) - 1 hour trail - accessible track / (Yellow Trail) - 30 min. trail- accessible track

Wyreside Trail (Thornton Cleveleys) - The Wyreside Trail was first opened in 1992 and is a circular walk which has been specially designed to be suitable for people with visual impairments.

Yarrow Valley Visitor Centre - The centre has been designed and built to allow full wheelchair access. Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are available.

 

Country Parks

Beacon Country Park (Up Holland) - Green Flag Award - Tramper Trail and tramper available - Disabled toilets.

Beacon Fell Country Park (Preston) - three low-mobility trails, 6 tables suitable for wheelchair access , 2 Tramper buggies, Radar key accessible toilet.

Pennington Flashes Country Park - Most paths are suitable for wheelchair users especially the main nature reserve circuit. All bird hides have level or ramped access and a suitable inclusive view slots.

Witton Country Park (Blackburn) - Green Flag Award - 6 mobility scooters (trampers) are available for hire from the visitor centre. The aim is to widen access to the countryside for less able bodied park users

Wycoller Country Park (Colne) - the visitor centre and the ground floor is accessible by wheel chair - please see the website for access details of the site also see this site Trampers can be hired from Wycoller Country Park.Disabled toilet facilities

Wyre Estuary Country Park - a relatively level site with good car parking and visitor facilities - 2 trampers for hire

 

Nature Reserves

Brockholes Reserve (between Preston and Blackburn)- an old quarry site transformed to nature reserve - visitor centre - accessible trail

Leighton Moss (RSPB) Reserve (Carnforth) - (Charges) - Choose from a selection of trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs, and get right to the heart of the reedbed. There are 8 km of trails on the nature reserve. There is a bird-feeding station 50 m from visitor centre, down 1:15 and 1:40 gradients with an adverse camber; the path is surfaced with compacted gravel/rolled stone.

Mere Sands Wood (The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & north Merseyside) - 100+ acres, woodland, wet meadows and heaths - three of the reserve's circular trails wind their way through the main area of the reserve, providing great access for wheelchair users - visitor centre and picnic area are also fully accessible

Wigan Flashes LNR - Paths are suitable for wheelchair use. LWT are in the process of making gates accessible throughout the site.

 

Other Useful Links

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Disabled Access Guide - also see Archive PDF download

Blackburn Carers - Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service - Counselling, Financial Support, Emotional Support, Practical Advice, Short Breaks and Activities

East Lancashire Carers - a network of Carer services that provide support to Carers across Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.r

DISC (Disability Equality NW) - Preston DISC is run and controlled by disabled people who are trained to provide information.

Disability First - providing essential advice, information and support to disabled people, families and carers across Lancashire.

n-compass Carers Services provide support and information to Adult Carers 18+ across Lancashire. Services include Carers Point! and Mental Health Carers Support - Blackpool

 

Sport

Jigsaw - "A social & sports group for young disabled people in Bury. We promote fun, freedom & independence". Venue - Castle Leisure Centre

Rochdale Boccia - Venue - Kingsway Park Sports Centre Phone - 01706 924229 (no website found)

Unique Kidz and Co offers disabled children and young people in North Lancashire access to high quality play activities.

Lancashire Disability Rackets - set up to help people with a disability play tennis. we support wheelchair tennis, Deaf, Vi and LD Preston, England - no website found but are on Twitter @LdRackets