Other Websites - web links
In creating this website many of the following organisations websites proved invaluable as information sources.
I would like to thank these organisations and acknowledge that without these sites publishing accessible information many of the entries on the ACE website would not have been listed.
AONB - The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) website has details and links to all of the AONB's. Many have information about accessibility and have published easy access walks
British Waterways (Waterscape) - Information and guides for the canal and river network. Many urban canals have been at the centre of regeneration projects, improving facilities and access.
Countryside Council for Wales - Considering and improving countryside access issues for all.
DisabledGo - A useful site for finding accessible shops and services, many local authorities have also added parks and green spaces to this site
English Heritage - Some sites require membership or an entrance fee, some are free. Some information on access to sites.
Fieldfare Trust - Fieldfare works with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone. (also take a look at their Phototrails website) and has published easy access walks
Forestry Commission - Discover the sights, sounds and experiences of the forest. From the quiet of the woods to the call of the wild, there’s something for everyone. More than just trees and just a couple of clicks away. (Some sites have details of accessibility but if you contact the local rangers they are very helpful)
Green Flag Award - The Green Flag Award® Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country. For 2010/2011, a record number of awards were made with 1200 parks and green spaces currently flying a Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award. (These generally have good disabled access and facilities)
National Parks - There are 15 members of the National Parks family, beautiful areas of mountains, meadows, moorlands, woods and wetlands and each one has an organisation that looks after the landscape and wildlife and helps people enjoy and learn about the area.(Each park has its own website and publish details of accessibility)
National Trails - National Trails are long distance routes for walking, cycling and horse riding through the finest landscapes in England and Wales. (Most National Trails have there own website - some do have info on sections of trails suitable for wheelchairs and buggies)
National Trust - The trust has a wide variety of properties, some have not been included in our listing because they require either membership or an entrance fee. Their website gives details about accessibility to most of their sites. see also their 'Visitors with disabilities' page
Natural England - There are many places where you can enjoy the natural environment, for healthy exercise, the challenge of a long walk, a horse or cycle ride, or to experience nature and appreciate its quiet tranquillity and inspiring landscapes. (It has a selection of links on the Outdoors For All page)
Royal Parks - Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks for free each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital.
RSPB - Many of the reserves are accessible, some incur a charge others may only be accessible by arrangement. (Often the reserve web pages include accessibility info)
Sustrans - work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in. (Details of cycle / multi user routes some of which have accessible sections)
The Ramblers - The Ramblers is Britain's walking charity, working to safeguard the footpaths, the countryside and other places we go walking, and to encourage more people to take up walking. Many local groups and are a good source of local information. (some cater for disabled or mobility impaired walkers)
Wildlife Trusts - There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney "working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone". (Many do publish accessibility information, some are very good)
Woodland Trusts - Search for a wood by location (for instance the town you live) or by the name of the wood, the landowner and the county.
Also many County and Local Councils provide good information about accessibility to their parks, gardens, country parks, picnic areas and nature reserves. (Unfortunately not all, some councils still have little or no accessibility information on their websites)
Additional useful websites
Ableize Disability Directory - directory of disability, mobility and health resources
www.accessassociation.co.uk - Access Professionals association
www.accessiblegardens.org.uk - Accessible Gardens in England
www.nrac.org.uk - The National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) is an independent register of accredited Access Auditors and Access Consultants
and this one may be of interest
www.wheelchairdriver.com - Powerchair Accessible Cars, Vans + PowerChairs Reviews
www.peakandmoor.co.uk/dartmoor - General info on the Dartmoor & South Devon
www.peakandmoor.co.uk/exmoor - General info on the Exmoor North Devon & West Somerset
www.peakandmoor.co.uk/lake_dist - General info on the Lake District and Cumbria
www.peakandmoor.co.uk/peak_district - General info on the Peak District
www.peakandmoor.co.uk/snowdonia - General info on the Snowdonia & North Wales
www.rambleon.org.uk - General info on Walking & Cycling inc Events and Trails
www.tourist.me.uk/south-west Tourist info site with brief disabled access details of many attractions
first-baby.co.uk General info for Parents to be and their First Baby