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 Northumberland.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Allenheads Heritage Centre (Hexham) - Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
Alnwick Garden - (charges) - Gardens, orchard, woodland, ropebridges and treetop walkways, one of the world's largest wooden tree houses - "accessible as possible for wheelchair users and can be traversed using smooth solid surfaces - even the ropebridges of the Treehouse are fully accessible. "
Northumberland Country Parks - eg Blyth and Seaton Sluice Links and Foreshore - The three toilet blocks on the links all have disabled toilet facilities accessed with a “radar key”. The surfaced dunes track and promenade mean wheelchair users can access the area with their families, and there are numerous seats along the walkways.
Chopwell Woodland Park - 440 metres - There are two picnic areas, one with tables adapted for wheelchairs, there are also sculptures along the route. No accessible toilets. No admission charge. Car parking available.
Dukes Trail (Kielder Castle) - 1000 metres - The Dukes Trail has been designed with wheelchair users and their helpers in mind, bikes and horses are not permitted. Accessible toilets available. No admission charge. Orienteering courses available. Car parking available.
Embleton and Newton Links (NT) - A wide gravel path, suited to pushchairs and wheelchairs, leads from behind Low Newton Square and Embleton Dunes to an accessible wildlife-viewing hide at Newton Pool.
Hamsterley Forest - Admission Charge - Riverside Footpath -1300 metres. The mainly level surfaced path runs from the Forest Visitor Centre alongside the Bedburn Beck in a linear route finishing at car park in the Forest Drive.
High House Farm Brewery (Matfen) - Grade II listed farm buildings house, welcoming restaurant and tea rooms full disabled access to all areas of our brewery and visitor centre with a platform lift big enough for most wheelchairs - disabled toilets and disabled parking.
St. Oswald's Way Easy Access Short Walks Section - The Easy Access Section are very short walks (up to 2 miles) designed with young families, or people with mobility problems, in mind. You can easily choose a route to suit your capabilities and they give you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, history and take in some of the local amenities. They give you the chance to see some of the beautiful landscapes and historical sites that make Northumberland special.
Walking in Kielder Water & Forest Park Archived PDF download - The Lakeside Way path encircles Kielder Water's 27 mile shoreline. It is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, mobility scooters and wheelchair users - also see their website www.visitkielder.com/visit
William Turner Garden (Morpeth) - The William Turner Garden is wheelchair accessible.
Wooler Common - Easy Going Trail - The trail has slight gradients in places, is of a gravel surface, and has willow sculptures along the way. No accessible toilets. No admission charge.
Bolam Lake Country Park (Morpeth) - The lake side path is surfaced and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, for who the circuit of the lake is best done in an anti-clockwise direction and is approximately 3/4 mile long.
Druridge Bay Country Park (Amble) - The Visitor Centre ground floor is accessible to wheelchairs and there are good surfaced paths lead around the south shore of the lake and to the beach
Plessey Woods Country Park (Hartford Bridge) - Easy gradients provide access into the visitor centre where toilet facilities are available. A wide firm path leads from the car park through the woods and along the riverside, although steep gradients mean that access by wheelchair can be difficult. There are seats around the park. Vehicle access to the riverside can be arranged by prior booking at the visitor centre.
QE II Country Park (Ashington) - Accessible fishing platforms make the site suitable for fishing for the less able including wheel chair users. Tarmac paths and cut grass paths on the eastern side of the park allow good access around the lake.
Tyne Riverside Country Park (Prudhoe) - All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors. Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors. Ramp / Level Access. Toilets for Disabled Visitors - much of the area near the river is flat with surfaced paths, access for wheelchair or buggy users is quite good. The Battlefield area was designed with easy access in mind, with a flat tarmac path for walkers only.
Woodhorn Museum Archives & Country Park (Ashington) - Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility - more accessibility detail on the website
Lindisfarne NNR - The island can only be reached at low tide across a long causeway. Large print information, seats, disabled parking, wheel-chair access to hides
Low Hauxley LNR - There is a wheelchair accessible reception hide and toilets in the hide (Northumberland Wildlife Trust)
West Fleetham LNR near Seahouses - There are wheelchair accessible hides at Farm Pond and Quarry Meadow (Northumberland Wildlife Trust)
Cresswell Pond - the pond can be observed from the roadside or from the public footpath at the northern end which is also good for wheelchair viewing (Northumberland Wildlife Trust)
Other Useful Links
Blyth Valley Disabled Forum - Offering high quality advice, information, services and support, to empower those within the community to lead a full and independent life.
Carers Northumberland - Carers Northumberland is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of carers by responding to the needs of carers, informing carers of their rights and entitlements, supporting carers to access support for the person they care for, reducing the social isolation that so many carers feel and empowering carers to have a voice.
Northern Groups- Riding For The Disabled Association - list and contact details
Northumberland Young Carers - for young people in Northumberland, who look after someone else on a regular basis.
Natural Ability - Agricultural and land-based training, employment promotion and support for people with learning and other disabilities. (Allenheads)
The Pegasus Centre - As a Riding for the Disabled (RDA) approved centre, we provide riding lessons every week for mentally and physically disabled children and adults.
Aycliffe Disabled Archers - We are a friendly group of enthusiasts and have a full calendar of events throughout the season. Contact our club secretary for a list of dates and venues.
Bedlingtonshire Disabled Archery Club - If you are interested in joining, contact us to find out how you can participate.