Norfolk 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 Norfolk.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Access for All in the Brecks part 1 of 3 - Access for All in the Brecks part 2 of 3 - Access for All in the Brecks part 3 of 3 Archived PDF download - A5 leaflet includes detailed information on Access for all routes suitable for people with limited mobility, plus a summary of other relevant sites to visit - (now discontinued) produced by the Brecks Partnership and covers accessible attractions and routes, they may still be of use.
Accessible boating on the Broads - Wheelchair accessible passenger boats run tours throughout the Broads and many hire boat companies offer accessible day boats
BBC Beach guide: Cromer - There are some ramps on to the beach but the level of the beach is constantly changing, so these may not always be usable. Toilets for people with disabilities are available.
BBC Beach guide: Great Yarmouth - There are steep ramps on to the beach - assistance may be required to use them. The sand is very soft which could cause problems. There is wheelchair access to the beach huts. There are spaces for blue badge holders in the main pay-and-display car parks.
BBC Beach guide: Hunstanton - The town centre and seafront are both easily accessible to disabled visitors and there is a new specially designed sensory garden, which provides opportunities to touch, hear and smell the plants and sculptures.
BBC Beach guide: Sheringham - Toilets for people with disabilities are available. The ramps on to the beach may not always be usable because of changes to the level of the sand.
BBC Beach guide: Wells-next-the-Sea - As the ramp to the beach is steep, help is advisable. There is no access to the beach huts for wheelchair users. There are some disabled spaces in the car park but normal charges are levied. In the car park there is one toilet for the disabled.
Easier access in the Broads Archived PDF download - Info on Boardwalks and easy access paths These are suitable for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs. Map of area and accessible sites
Easy Access Guide to the Norfolk Coast AONB - for families with children in buggies, people using wheelchairs, and others with physical challenges, experiencing the beauty of the area can be off-limits. This guide helps everyone to explore.
Enjot the Broads - Accessibility - Organisations and businesses are working to help as many people as possible experience the special magic of the Broads, with wheelchair accessible boats available, visitor attractions with facilities to help people with visual or hearing impairments and boardwalks suitable for wheelchair users.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden - (Charges) "The garden is 90% wheelchair friendly and our tea room, gift shop and plant sales are fully accessible. We have five mobility scooters and two wheelchairs which we are able to lend out to visitors (please book in advance). All we ask is for a small donation to help maintain them."
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse - (charges) This fifty-acre site with its magnificent Georgian workhouse invites you to explore two centuries of life on the land. There are recreations of shops and homes, extensive displays on farming and village life - Induction loops in key areas Lift to first floor Mobility vehicle (Tramper) available to allowing access to countryside areas of the site also see access info sheet Archive PDF download
Holkham Hall and Park (Wells-next-the-Sea) - (Charges) Details given on disabled access and facilities
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - The gentle terrain of the Trail makes it particularly suitable for people with special access needs. There are several lengths where you can gain equal access and enjoy the countryside- also soo Archived PDF download
Salhouse Broad - "Most of the route is wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Take advantage of the various viewpoints to spy on the wildlife at the Salhouse Broad" - no charge to walk the circular route around the Broad, but donations are kindly received
Sheringham Park - (NT - Charges for non members) - Landscape park and woodland garden with miles of stunning coastal views - Grounds - partly accessible, grass and hard gravel paths, undulating terrain. Single-seater PMVs available to hire - Visitor centre - level entrance. Three wheelchairs. Touch-screen interactive exhibition
Somerleyton Hall & Gardens - (Chages) - All areas of the Hall that are open to the public are accessible by wheelchair Wheelchairs available on request All areas of the gardens are accessible and grass areas can be used for moving around – paths can be a little difficult after heavy rain. There are two disabled toilets at the top of gardens and also in the Winter Garden.
The Waterside (Rollesby) - prides itself on the welcome we offer all visitors. We have full access to the restaurant for persons using wheelchairs, the physically and mentially impaired. It is easy access via shale pathways to the boating jetty, the children’s play area, the bird hide, putting area and our wonderful outside terrace overlooking the Broad + a wheelchair accessible ‘Wheelyboat’ called ‘Stuart’s Dream’.
Wheelchair access to the Norfolk Coast Path - From teh National Trail website - routes according to path surface type, from sealed to completely unmodified. (ACE note - well worth a look)
Wherryman’s Way - Access for all - A new, 800 m easy access path has been created as part of the Wherryman’s Way project. With wide expanses of beautiful grazing marshes on one side and Rockland Broad on the other, the path leads to a wheelchair accessible bird hide which gives a marvellous view over the calm waters and wildlife of Rockland Broad.
Holt Country Park - Green Flag Award - Wheelchair Access, Designated disabled parking, Way-marked route suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Whitlingham Country Park - has an easy access path around the Great Broad. Take a guided trip on the solar boat Ra (fully accessible to wheelchair users) to experience the watery wildlife at Whitlingham Country Park. Archive PDF Download
Barton Broad Nature Reserve - Information signs and boardwalk suitable for wheelchairs. Car park for disabled visitors available.
Cley Marshes Nature Reserve - (There is a small charge for access to the reserve for adult non-members, though the visitor centre is free entry) - Environmentally friendly visitor centre. Wildlife Detective Bumbags for children are free to use. Five hides (with excellent wheelchair access) provide bird watching within metres of the pools where the birds congregate. Reserve leaflet and information boards. Discover the audio trail and enjoy the wonderful sounds as well as the spectacular sights found at Cley Marshes.
Hickling Broad Nature Reserve - (Charge - Non-members) - Birdwatching hides overlooking pools. Boardwalk with way-marked trails suitable for wheelchairs, information boards and reserve leaflet. Visitor centre and toilets (one with wheelchair access)
Holkham NNR - Braille information, seats, disabled parking, wheel-chair access to hides
Ranworth Broad Nature Reserve - Disabled parking is available and the centre and boardwalks are suitable for wheelchairs.
Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve (Hawk and Owl Trust) - Visitor centre, disabled toilets, 2 accessible hides via a bark path, 2 more accessible hides and an accessible tower to be constructed in 2015
Snettisham Reserve (RSPB) (Hunstanton) - Disabled visitors are welcome. Call ahead to the reserve office to arrange for an access permit, which enables cars to drive down to the first hide. Two hides are accessible by disabled visitors. - There is no easy access to the nature reserve because of steps and a rough path.
Southrepps Commons Local Nature Reserve has an impressive 800 metre boardwalk threading its way through tall reeds and across two bridges, with wheelchair access to the most important parts of the site
Other Useful Links
Great Yarmouth Public Toilets - details of locations and facilities
Beach Wheelchairs Great Yarmouth - Great Yarmouth has five specially designed beach wheelchairs with large pneumatic wheels which just slide over sand so that everyone in your party can enjoy the beach.
Break - provides a variety of high quality services to a range of vulnerable children, adults and families,
Norfolk Coalition Of Disabled People - Equal Lives is led by people who face disabling barriers and is dedicated to making your voice heard
Norfolk Carers information and services for carers
Norfolk Carers Support - has many different projects supporting Carers of all ages, and in many different ways.
Scope - Norfolk Inclusion - We provide activities and short breaks for children and young people with complex needs, to support families' respite. For more info:
West Norfolk Disability information Service - provides information and advice to people with disabilities and their carers and also deals with any concerns that local businesses may have with the passing of Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act ( mainly to do with access to premises and services).
Norwich Door to Door - Accessible Transport services are for people who are on low income, who need extra help and a friendly hand to be able to get out and about independently.
Lets Do It Anyway is a Charitable Trust funding amazing people with a disability to help them get active & overcome adversity Projects currently in Norfolk
Norwich Disabled Angling Club - The disabled members of The Norwich Dragon C.B. Club set up a small committee to get things under way, and with a little advert in our clubs C.B. News Magazine plus the local paper we soon had enough members to get the Norwich Disabled Angling Club into full swing.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery (Thetford) - The lodge has a wheelie boat for disabled anglers to enjoy being out on the water.
West Norfolk Disabled Angling Club '97 - provides a purpose-built venue, to help disabled people enjoy fishing in secure and pleasant surroundings.
Norwich City PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: City Academy, Norwich
Norfolk County FA - Disability Football - in partnership with the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF), who employ a full time Disability Development Officer
Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre is located on the outskirts of Norwich within Whitlingham Country Park - offers outdoor and adventurous activities for anyone 8 years+ with an emphasis on educational provision to schools and colleges with courses tailored to different groups, ability levels and what you want to achieve
tourist.me.uk/norfolk - a tourist info site for Norfolk which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions