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

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Brampton Valley Way - 14 miles (22.5 km) of linear park linking Northampton and The Brampton Valley Way is open all day, every day. Suitable for wheelchair access.

Pitsford Water Park - Pitsford Water Park boasts an 'access for all' development at nearby Brixworth Country Park, with a seven-mile waterside track, suitable for people with disabilities

Rockingham Road Pleasure Park (Kettering) - Green Flag Award - There are no stepped levels within the park. The pavilion, public toilets are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). There is appropriate seating within the park. The gates are easily opened and are in a contrasting colour. There are some DDA compliant play equipment. An arrangement is in place for car parking for the disabled.

Salcey Forest - Salcey Forest is an oasis of nature and history only 7 miles from the centre of Northampton. The Elephant Walk is an easy-access route for wheelchairs and pushchairs on level, surfaced ground. click here for the leaflet PDF

Stoke Bruerne - Canal - The 0.5 mile towpath between the village and the Blisworth Tunnel is suitable for wheelchair users, as is a short stretch outside the Bottom Lock car park. This audio trail has been developed with advice from local people who are blind or visually impaired

Wakerley Great Wood - An all-ability woodland path, and a longer waymarked trail leave from the car park.

Country Parks

Barnwell Country Park - Green Flag Award - Circular, waymarked and hard-surfaced trails through woodlands and meadows or by rivers and lakes - Wheelchair loan

Barnwell Country Park - Kingfisher Nature Trail - Kingfisher Nature Trail - 945 metres. Accessible toilet. Car park charges apply

Barnwell Country Park - Lakeside Stroll - Lakeside Stroll - 556 metres. This is a short trail on flat ground, and takes you through meadow and willow woods following the banks of the lake.

Brixworth Country Park - Lapwing Trail- 390 metres. There is access to the water’s edge at wheelchair level, a pond dipping platform and covered seating. On route to the wood, the path passes other seats, sculptures and an accessible bird hide. Accessible toilets. Restaurant. No admission charge. Car parking available - also see this site or dowmload the leaflet here (wheelchair and Tramper loan available)

Fermyn Woods Country Park - Green Flag Award - Circular, waymarked and hard-surfaced trails through woodlands and meadows and streams. Wheelchair loan.

Irchester Country Park - Green Flag Award - Circular, waymarked and hard-surfaced trails through woodlands and meadows or by rivers and lakes - Wheelchair loan

Sywell Country Park - Green Flag Award - Circular, waymarked and hard-surfaced trails through woodlands and meadows or by rivers and lakes - Wheelchair loan

Nature Reserves

Bradlaugh Fields Nature Reserve - Disabled Access and Trail.

Lings Local Nature Reserve - Suitable for: Suitable for everyone. Firm surface with no stiles, gates or other obstructions.

Summer Leys Nature Reserve - Facilities: 4 bird hides (hard paths to all hides), viewing screens, picnic area and hard paths. 2 mile circular walk. Wheelchair access to all hides and to about 300m of paths.

Other Useful Links

Northamptonshire Carers Association - We aim to offer a comprehensive support service to the unpaid Carers of Northamptonshire.

ReachOut Plus - aim to support these special people to overcome exclusion and discrimination, develop their skills, broaden their experience and achieve their potential

Sport

Northamptonshire PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: John Ashby Sports Hall, Moulton College Tel: 07976 875388 (no website)

Northampton Sailabilit - Pitsford Reservoir, Brixworth RYA Sailability is the national organising charity for disabled sailing. Its mission is to promote and co-ordinate active participation by people with disabilities in the sailing community

Northants Steelbacks Visually Impaired Cricket Club.- A club for blind and visually impaired cricket players covering the areas of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. View the game rules, club information and how to join.

Northampton Town Multi Disabled FC - NTMDFC is one of Northamptonshire's premier disability football clubs, competing on a regular basis with other disability teams throughout the country.

 

Tourist Attractions

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