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

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

12 Easy Access Routes from shropshirewalking.co.uk

Battlefield Heritage Park - Two circular routes at the site providing opportunities for able bodied and less mobile users with easy, level routes, wheelchair accessible.

Bog Mine and Visitor Centre Stiperstones - Disabled visitors can now enjoy full access to the centre which now provides disabled parking, access ramps and a disabled toilet.

Colemere Countryside Heritage Site - circular walk with reasonably level walking, which can be suitable for wheelchairs and push chairs, that will take you all the way around the Mere but it could be muddy in places at certain times of year

Corbett Easy Access Trail - Visitors with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggies should find this walk suitable.

Haughmond Hill - Wheelchair accessible picnic benches available. Excellent access from car park to paths. Disabled parking spaces available.

Llanymynech Heritage Area - The site, which is close to the Montgomery Canal, has an excellent series of access paths. Access from the hard, level car park to the surfaced path network is excellent with few gradients.

Pontesbury Walks (stile free) - 2 walks from Pontesbury

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre - disabled toilets, baby changing - The centre is fully accessible, and the Secret Hills exhibition has interpretation sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities. There is an induction loop in the balloon ride.Has an all weather, hard standing circular path around the meadows that is wheelchair friendly

Stanmore Countryside Site - Stanmore has an excellent network of pathways, which are all on level ground. This makes the park an ideal terrain for pushchairs and wheelchairs alike. also see the phototrails site

The Mere (Ellesmere) - For almost their entire length, the paths around the Mere are surfaced, broad and well maintained - Suitable for mobility scooters - Disability parking spaces available

The Stretton Hills (Church Stretton) - There is easy access to the Chalet Pavilion for wheelchair users and disabled visitors and some parking space immediately outside the building. There is an adapted lavatory in the Tearoom. Wheelchair users may also reach some viewpoints by car on the Long Mynd outside Carding Mill Valley.

Walkmill Meadows (Market Drayton) - Easy, reasonably level walking on surfaced paths suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Benches present

The Severn Valley Railway - (Charges) For the physically less able specially adapted vehicles, which allow wheelchair access, are available on certain trains. Disability friendly toilets are also fitted in these vehicles. At all stations, but excluding Northwood and Country Park Halts, ramps are available which connect between the train and the platform. The train crew and station staff will assist passengers in wheelchairs if required, they are used to doing this.

Country Parks

Severn Valley Country Park - Severn Valley Country Park is one of Shropshire’s finest country parks and was the first park in Shropshire to achieve the prestigious Green Flag Award. Easy access trail designed for all abilities, including a fully accessible bird hide.

Stanmore Country Park - A level site with wheelchair accessible gates

Whitchurch Waterways Country Park - Walking - level easy walks with mostly hard surfaced tracks

Nature Reserves

Donington and Albrighton LNR - An extensive Path network to allow people to explore the nature reserve. Most sections are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Ifton Meadows LNR - a formal route to the viewpoint provides easy walking and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Stiperstones NNR - The all ability trail is a broad, fairly level, well-surfaced track running along the southern edge of the Reserve for 500 metres. The track continues for another 250 metres before becoming difficult and rutted

Other Useful Links

Carers' Support Service - offers help & advice to Family Carers - support line 01743 341995 open between 9am-4pm Mon-Fri

DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire) - is a disability arts user led organisation, running arts projects across Shropshire and beyond

Lyneal Trust holidays - Canal and canalside holidays in beautiful Shropshire for people with disabilities and their families and friends.

Perry Group - Riding For The Disabled Association - Assisted by a group of willing volunteers, Perry Riding and Driving provides tuition, from the very basic to the more advanced, therapeutic riding and physiotherapy, and enjoyable hacks and drives.

Shropshire Disability Network - collective voice for disabled people across Shropshire.

Telford Young Carers - Fun and Support for Young Carers in Telford & Wrekin 01952 458044 Telford, Shropshire

The Wheelchair User’s Guide to Accessible Countryside Sites and Trails in Shropshire and the Borderlands - Each site or trail has been given a category which indicates its ease of use in a wheelchair (or with a pushchair).

Shropshire Young Carers - a voluntary organisation that supports young people aged 5-18 years who provide a caring role for a family member who is ill, disabled, suffers with mental health difficulties or has alcohol/drug related issues.

Parent and Carer Council Shropshire - PACC is a local parent carer forum and promotes the participation of parent carers in the planning and delivery of services for children and young people (0-25 years) with disabilities or additional needs in Shropshire

SWUG Shropshire Wheelchair Users Group

Sport

Club 2000 - Club 2000 is a sport and leisure club for people with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who live in Telford and Wrekin—and beyond!

Telford Powerchair Football Club - Training Venue: Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Near Newport

Disability Football - Shropshire FA support a number of FA Ability Counts Football club sessions

Disability County Cricket Shropshire - Following on from the

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Shropshire and Telford - Member groups across the country provide opportunities for disabled people to take part in horse riding or carriage driving

Shropshire Rugby Rebels Disability Tag Rugby Group Facebook page

 

Tourist Attractions

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