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Oxfordshire

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 Oxfordshire.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Abbey Gardens - Access within the gardens is available to all via a network of gravel paths.

Abbey Meadows - DISTANCE: 0.3 miles (0.5km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:13 CROSS SLOPE: All level WIDTH: At least 2m - see also Archive PDF download

Abingdon - DISTANCE: 0.75 miles (1.2km) of riverside path SLOPE: None CROSS SLOPE: Mostly level but 1:9 towards lock WIDTH: All wider than 1m with regular passing places

Accessible Countryside in South Oxfordshire Map - Interactive map - find accessible countryside in South Oxfordshire

Badbury Hill - Archived PDF download - DISTANCE: 0.75 miles (1.2km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:11 on route, 1:8 on ramparts CROSS SLOPE: Max 1:12 WIDTH: Mostly wider than 3m but one stretch 850 mm. Regular passing places

Brasenose Woods - DISTANCE: 1.5 miles (2.3km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:12 CROSS SLOPE: Maximum 1:25 WIDTH: Paths mostly more than 3m but F to G 700mm. Minimum gate width 850mm - also see Archive PDF download

Chinnor Hill and Whiteleaf Hill - At both sites there are short (400m) firm paths through woodland which lead to firm grassy areas with viewpoints - see also Archive PDF download

Christ Church - Not all parts of Christ Church are presently accessible to wheelchair users, but we have introduced a number of measures to support visitors with disabilities, and further improvements are being actively planned and programmed.

Circular Walk: Shotover No.1 - Route 1 is stile free - see also Archive PDF download

Cuttle Brook - DISTANCE: 0.5 miles (800m) SLOPE: Maximum 1:5 (for 3m) CROSS SLOPE: Mostly level but 2m of 1:13 near end WIDTH: Path mostly wider than 1200mm with regular passing aces. Gaps of 800mm and 850mm - see also Archive PDF download

Daeda's Wood - DISTANCE: 0.6 miles (0.9km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:25 STEPS: One of 150mm combined with width restriction of 500mm CROSS SLOPE: All level WIDTH: All wider than 1200mm with regular passing places - see also Archive PDF download

Farmoor Reservoir - a trail suitable for wheelchairs, which links our accessible bird hide at Pinkhill Meadow with the hide at nearby Shrike Meadow.

Henley-on-Thames Archived PDF download - DISTANCE: 0.8 miles (1.3km) of riverside path SLOPE: Any steeper than 1:12 are marked WIDTH: Mostly wider than 2m but minimum of 1m. Regular passing places

Henley on Thames to Lower Shiplake (stile free) - 2½ miles each way. Level walk throughout. The Thames Path from Henley to Marsh Lock is a wide tarmac path suitable for wheelchairs. From the end of the Marsh Lock footbridge the Thames Path passes through meadows and can get muddy. There is a footbridge with a short slope to it near Bolney Court - see also Archive PDF download

Ipsden and Hailey (stile free) - 2½ miles. Mainly level apart from a couple of short uphill sections and one downhill section (Warren Hill) near the start of the walk. Part of the walk is along bridleways and 'Quiet Lanes' which may be suitable for all terrain pushchairs - see also Archive PDF download

Miles without Stiles in the Chilterns (20 walks) - 20 easy access walks 1½ to 4½ miles - see also Archive PDF download

Nettlebed (stile free) - 2½ miles. There are a few hilly sections on this walk, though over half the walk is level. There is one moderate downhill along Bushes Lane and a long steady downhill along Mill Road (surfaced). There is a moderate climb up Windmill Hill (from 7 to 8 ) towards the end of the walk - see also Archive PDF download

Short easy walks - Oxfordshire - The Countryside Service has produced a range of downloadable information leaflets of these short, easy-to-use and attractive routes in Oxfordshire.

St Mary's Field, Kidlington - DISTANCE: 0.7 miles (1.1km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:18 CROSS SLOPE: All level WIDTH: All wider than 1200mm with regular passing places - see also Archive PDF download

Stoke Wood - DISTANCE: 0.7 miles (1.1km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:15 CROSS SLOPE: All level WIDTH: All wider than 1m with regular informal passing places - also see Archive PDF download

Thames & Chilterns Walk - From Henley to point on the Thames Path is flat with a hard path and no steps or stiles. For the first ½ mile the path is wide and tarmac - also see Archive PDF download

Thames Path Walks - Goring-on-Thames - The flat 2 mile linear route to Hartlock Woods is not recommended for users of manual wheelchairs due to stony surfacing, however there is a short length of path along the River in Goring which has a smooth surface - see also Archive PDF download

Wallingford pushchair and wheelchair walks - Archived download - leaflet with details of three walks.

Wallingford Castle Meadows - Green Flag Award - Wallingford Castle Meadows offers a range of walks that can be enjoyed by people with reduced mobility, users of mobility vehicles and people with pushchairs and young families. (Oct 2012 - it has been reported to ACE that contrary to the leaflet the gates will not take the largest mobility scooters) - see also Archive PDF download

Waterperry Gardens - DISTANCE: 1.4 miles (2.25km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:10 for 2m CROSS SLOPE: Maximum 1:14 for 2m WIDTH: Minimum of 1m. Regular passing places - see also Archive PDF download

Watlington Hill - There is a firm path from the car park taking you through the woodland to the edge of the chalk grassland.There is a wheelchair accessible kissing gate taking you from the end of the access path on to the chalk downland - see also www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Witney Lakes - DISTANCE: Up to 1.2 miles (2km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:10 for 3m CROSS SLOPE: Maximum 1:12 for 12m WIDTH: Minimum of 1m - also see Archive PDF download

Witney Meadows - DISTANCE: 0.75 miles (1.2km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:9 CROSS SLOPE: Maximum 1:15 for 10m near end WIDTH: Minimum of 950mm - also see Archive PDF download

Country Parks

Kilkenny Lane Country Park - There are 2.5km of footpaths (suitable for wheelchair and pushchair access) and bridleways as well as an adventure play area.

Shotover Country Park - disabled access and paths (from Brasenose Farm entrance)

Witney Lake and Country Park - "a number of gates being altered to allow access to people travelling in mobility vehicles and wheelchairs" - Disabled picnic benches and fishing platforms have also been installed and designed with space suitable for wheelchair users.

Spiceball Country Park - The Oxford Canal to the west of the park and the River Cherwell to the east provide two attractive water features with a tow path and riverside walks -see also Archive PDF download

Nature Reserves

Aston Rowant NNR - There are two routes with a wide firm surface: There is a 150m path from the main car park to a viewpoint. The longer, flatter, 750m path through beech woods finishes at the gate (one way opening) where it enters the downland, in order to protect rare plants - also see Archive PDF download

Linky Down (Aston Rowant NNR) - The 400 metre path to the picnic area is virtually level and hard surfaced for its entire length. It will provide easy access to a sheltered picnic area offering outstanding views north towards Oxford. Average gradient 1:80, maximum gradient 1:20 - also see Archive PDF download

Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve - Disabled access is now available to two hides via 350m of recycled plastic boardwalk. Please contact the Chimney office to pre-arrange disabled parking nearer to the board walk at the Barn.

Chinnor Hill Nature Reserve - Wheelchair and mobility vehicle users can gain access to top of reserve with a RADAR key

Grandpont Nature Park - DISTANCE: 0.5 miles (0.8km) SLOPE: Maximum 1:14 CROSS SLOPE: All level WIDTH: Mostly wider than 1m but one stretch 700mm. Regular passing places - see also Archive PDF download

Warburg Nature Reserve - "A Tramper mobility vehicle is available at Warburg for visitors to use. To book it, call the reserve on 01491 642001 to arrange a time. The Tramper is able to go around the popular one-mile 'Wildlife Walk', which encompasses woodland and grassland, and can also go along the restricted byway that runs along the valley bottom"

Other Useful Links

Autism Family Support Project - develops support services for people whose son/daughter/family member has been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder.

babyroutes.co.uk - a website for walks with babies / buggies based in Henley On Thames

Fairytale Farm attraction designed around the needs of children with sensory, learning and physical disabilities - Southcombe, Chipping Norton

Music Alive - To improve access to music for disabled people in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire.

My Life My Choice - a self-advocacy organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties in Oxfordshire.

Carers Oxfordshire - is a service provided on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council in partnership with Action for Carers Oxfordshire

Sport

Disability and Inclusive Sport in Oxfordshire - We are working with the local authorities, NGB's, special schools, mainstream schools, clubs and many other partners to develop and promote sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.

Falcon Canoeing Club - Disabled People’s Canoe Group based at Donnington Bridge, Oxford - 01844 216844

OXSRAD - The aim of our unique sport and recreation centre is to provide a facility that is accessible to all, and one that offers a variety of sports and recreational activities which cater for a variety of interests and needs.

Oxford Eagles - Wheelchair Basketball Club -

Disability Cricket - The Oxfordshire Cricket Board is currently in the planning stage of a new disability cricket program for the county.

Oxfordshire Football Association - Opportunities for players with a disability to access football at various levels