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

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Arboretum Park - Green Flag Award - Disability Access, Disabled on Site Parking (available by prior arrangement)

Brierley Forest Park & Visitor Centre - Green Flag Award - Brierley Forest Park Visitor Centre, which was opened in December 1999, has full access for disabled people including free wheelchair hire. Information on some beautiful routes around the park suitable for wheelchair users is available

Bulwell Bogs - Green Flag Award - Disability Access, interpretation boards

Clifton Central Park - Disability Access(via paths on site)

Gunthorpe Lock - Disabled visitors enjoy excellent access, with ample car parking and a wide towpath. interpretation panel and listening post on site

Highfields (University Park ) - Disability Access , 121 acre park

Newark Castle Gardens - Green Flag Award - Surfaced pathways suitable for wheelchairs

Sconce and Devon Park - Green Flag Award - Network of pathways suitable for wheelchairs, Large area of public open grass and woodlands, including Devon Pastures Local Nature Reserve

Sherwood Avenue Park - Green Flag Award - Surfaced pathways suitable for wheelchairs. Garden areas with seating for rest and relaxation

Sherwood Pines Forest Park - White trail - A surfaced trail suitable for easy access. Easy Access Parking Spaces are located within the main car park next to the main access paths.

Teversal Trails - Parts of the trails are suitable for wheelchair access, cycling and horse riding and there is much improved wheelchair access at the centre and toilets.

Thieves Wood - White Trail - A surfaced trail suitable for easy access. This is a short circular surfaced trail which provides a pleasant walk or a quick stroll.

Victoria Park and St Mary's Rest Garden - Green Flag Award - Disability Access

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park - The hall has - Lift access , Tactile models of the park and hall with audio descriptions , A route plan with guide in Braille, A signed welcome video, Subtitled videos.

Woodthorpe Grange Park - Disability Access, On Site Parking . Tropical House, Sunken Gardens, Formal Gardens

Country Parks

Bestwood Country Park - The Park entrances are all equipped with kissing gates which can be fully opened with a RADAR key to allow wheelchair and mobility scooter access.

Broxtowe Country Park - Disability Access, an impressive forty six hectares

Colwick Country Park - Disability Access, Cycling and horse-riding are particularly popular as the majority of paths in the area have been dedicated as a Public Bridleway - see also this page foa a PDF map

Cotgrave Country Park - Most paths are stone surfaced and suitable for walkers, wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs, but please be aware that some of the lower lying paths may get wet and muddy during spells of bad weather.

Rufford Abbey Country Park - The site is flat and thus easy for pushchairs, prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Rushcliffe Country Park (Ruddington) - The park is accessible to wheelchair users via the car park entrance, or from Barleylands in Ruddington. The paths around the lake are flat, with minor slopes around the rest of the Country Park. There are toilets with disabled access.

Vicar Water Country Park - Green Flag Award - Footpaths and cycleways suitable for all abilities including the Sustrans National Route 6 and the Timberland Trail

Nature Reserves

Attenborough Nature Centre - The Nature Reserve is on one level with some steeper slopes over bridges. The path surfaces, in the main, are accessible to all. The Nature Centre is fully accessible being all on one level. An accessible toilet is available. A wheelchair can be borrowed to get from the car park to the Nature Centre

Daneshill Lakes LNR - There is a network of surfaced paths allowing access to the site for everyone, including people with restricted mobility

Martin's Pond LNR - Green Flag Award - Disability Access

Meden Trail LNR - There is access for the disabled at the main car parks to some parts of the trail.

Oak Tree Heath LNR - There are several rough surface paths throughout the site and a path suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs surrounding the site.

Sandy Banks LNR - Green Flag Award - Disability Access

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve - We offer free loan of wheelchairs and an electric mobility scooter is available for loan at £2 per hour. Please book in advance, tel: 01623 83202.

Skylarks Nature Reserve - The reserve was created in 1982 and is believed to have been the first of its kind in the country laid out specifically for the benefit of wheelchair users

Other Useful Links

Disability Nottinghamshire - promoting the independence and choice of all persons with disabilities and impairments within the Nottinghamshire County Council area (excluding Nottingham City).

In and around Nottingham in a wheelchair - info from Disabled Holiday Info

Nottinghamshire Disabled People's Movement (NDPM) - is an organisation run by disabled people for disabled people. We work in a way that enables any disabled person to get involved.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust - map of reserves unfortunately there is no filter to select 'accessible' sites

Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre - a registered charity that supports women & girls over the age of 13 in Notts who have experienced any form of sexual violence

The IRIS project is an information service for parents and carers of disabled children and young people across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The National Ice Centre - offers skating opportunities for disabled people and their families. Sessions are open for all to try out the ultimate experience of Ice Skating regardless of your age or disability.

Sport

Nottinghamshire Blazers Wheelchair Badminton Club - meets for training sessions weekly at the Ellis Guilford Sports College in Nottingham every Friday evening under the guidance of coach Oliver Ward.

Nottinghamshire Boccia Club - Venue - The Joseph Whitaker School, Mansfield

Nottingham Forest PFC - Nottingham - a newly promoted team in the Premiership. Vison West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield

Nottingham Powerchair Football Team - Mansfield - Vison West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield

Nottinghamshire Sherriff's Goalball Club - always on the lookout for new players so why not come & give this brilliant paralympic sport a go! University of Nottingham

Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club - Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham also The Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre, Leicester

 

Tourist Attractions

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