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Somerset

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 Somerset.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Ashton Court Estate - Green Flag Award - There is a good network of hard surfaced and un-surfaced paths and plenty of free parking. With a Tramper for hire

Blaise Castle Estate - There is a good network of hard surfaced paths suitable for wheelchairs and prams, some slopes and a Car Park. also see this site

Brean Down (National Trust) (charges) - 2 Trampers available, from Countryside Mobility, see website

Chew Valley Lake - Grebe Nature Trail - is a hard surfaced, all weather path suitable for pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchairs and covers a circuit 1.2km long, starting and finishing at the wooded Picnic Area also has wheelyboat (wheelchair accessible boats) hire available - also see this site

Clapton Moor (Avon Wildlife Trust) - Access is restricted to the path that leads to the hide, which gives excellent views over the moor.

Clatworthy reservoir - facilities for the disabled at the reservoir’s fishing lodge and a Wheelie boat is available for use on the reservoir.

Colliers Way - this relaxing and mainly traffic-free environment is excellent for walking and cycling, with large sections suitable for wheelchair users and some where horse-riding is allowed.

 

Dunster Tall Trees Trail - The Trail is accessible for all and the surface is suitable for wheelchair use. The trail is approximately 600m long and follows a gentle incline (<12%) to the end, where it loops back to the car park at Nutcombe Bottom.

Eastville Park (Bristol) - Much of the park is accessible by wheelchair though the paths and landscape are slightly uneven.

Exmoor - An interactive map showing easy-going trails that have been specially created to give people with limited mobility access to some of the most beautiful parts of Exmoor.

Fyne Court (NT) - There is a mobility drop off point by the main court yard which is smf disabled parking, there is also disabled toilet. Around the reserve there is an easy access trail.

Keynsham Memorial Park - Green Flag Award - no info on disabled facilities

Leigh Woods - There is a good network of hard surfaced paths suitable for wheelchairs and prams, some slopes, a car park and picnic benches.

Nightingale Wood - There are hard surface paths throughout with three waymarked walking trails on site.

Oldbury Court (Bristol) - There are stretches of flat tarmac paths by Oldbury Court car park and at Snuff Mills that are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Otterhead Lakes - Wheelchair access on well surfaced path to lakes , Interpretation panel.

Queen Square (Bristol) - Queen Square is a large level public square with gravel pathways and grass. The paths within the square are wheelchair accessible and there are over thirty benches for public use.

Ramscombe (Great Wood) - Facilities for the disabled are available here including parking, toilets and forest tracks with good surfaces.

Royal Victoria Park - Green Flag Award - no info on disabled facilities

Somerset Brick and Tile Museum - Wheelchair access to all public areas

Somerset Rural Life Museum - The museum and shop have facilities for the disabled. Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms and there is a lively events programme

Staple Hill Easy Access Viewpoint Trail - This trail allows everyone, including those with limited mobility, to explore the beautiful countryside of the Blackdown Hills.

Stockwood Open Space (Bristol) - A tarmac track runs through the length of the site providing all weather access for walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs.

Strawberry Line - An eight mile trail providing easy level access for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users through the heart of North Somerset.

Sutton Bingham Reservoir - A Wheelie boat is available for wheelchair angles ( the Apollo Sailing Club also offers regular canoeing and sailing for disabled members).

The Downs (Bristol) - Nearly all parts of the grass areas of the Downs are flat and fully accessible to wheelchair users with no obstacles

Two Tunnels Shared Path - Bath and North East Somerset - route is well-surfaced - an accessible path, giving space for anything from a short walk with friends, to a 13 mile largely traffic free 'Bath Half Marathon' circular route out to Dundas Aqueduct, and then back via the canal towpath

Walborough (Avon Wildlife Trust) - A surfaced path allows access to parts of the site for those who are less mobile. There is open access to the grassland areas but please keep off the salt marsh to avoid disturbance to birds.

Wells Cathedral - All of the ground floor of the Cathedral is accessible to those with walking difficulties or in wheelchairs and there are toilets for those with disabilities.

Country Parks

Ham Hill Country Park - Half of the all-ability trail that leads up to the war memorial via the stone circle has been resurfaced. Ham Hill Country Park has an off-road scooter available for hire

Wimbleball Lake Country Park - There are many miles of paths following the shorelines of lakes, meandering through woodland. A Wheelyboat is also available for pleasure boating and fishing on the lake. A Tramper can be used to explore some sections of the lakeside path through woodland and across meadows, with great views across the water - see this site

Yeovil Country Park - Green Flag Award - Yeovil Country Park has a main cycle/pedestrian path running through it which is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. This path runs for approx 1.5km from Lysander road to Penn Mill train station. There is also an all ability circular route from Goldenstones Leisure Centre.

Nature Reserves

Badocks Wood Local Nature Reserve - Tarmac paths throughout the site provide very good access and are wheelchair friendly.

Bridgwater Bay NNR - There is disabled access to the coastline by public roads and special arrangements can be made to provide disabled access to the hides.

Callington Road Local Nature Reserve - Callington Road Nature Reserve is open to the public at all times. Main access from Callington Road is via kissing gates suitable for wheelchairs. Access from Imperial Walk is via a steep set of steps. A simple path system provides access into the 'Field' and to the dewpond. A further loop provides limited access into the more remote 'Upper Slopes'.

Catcott Lows NR (Somerset Wildlife Trust) - One of the two hides has wheelchair access.

Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve - Accessible trail with a hard surface though with some undulations and steeper parts at the far end. Disabled visitors recommended to be accompanied

Eastwood Farm Local Nature Reserve - Good footpaths throughout, with certain areas wheelchair accessible. However, some steep slopes and paths can be very muddy after rain

Greylake Reserve (RSPB) - Car park has two disabled parking bays with wheelchair-ramp access to the viewing platform and access to the reserve's boardwalk trail and hide.

Ham Wall Reserve (RSPB) - Access is via the public footpath, or the main track which follows the old Glastonbury to Highbridge railway line. The old railway line leads to viewing areas, walkways (approximately 360 m), tactile signs and handrails, all accessible by wheelchair users. Additional trails on rougher terrain extend to cover 3.6 miles (5.8 km).

Hurscombe Nature Reserve - Main recreation area at Cowlings has car park and picnic area, accessible toilets, refreshment kiosk (April - October only). Limited wheelchair access along some footpaths.

Manor Road Local Nature Reserve - The terrain is level and most paths are grass. There are hard surfaced paths in some areas that are suitable for wheechairs and prams. There is no designated car park

Manor Woods Valley Local Nature Reserve - A tarmac track runs through the length of the site, offering good access for cyclists, walkers and wheelchairs. Footpaths through the woods are more informal.

Shapwick Heath NNR - There are eight trails across the reserve. The old railway track from Shapwick Road to Ashcott Corner is suitable for wheelchairs and great for cycling.

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve - Green Flag Award - The hill has good paths throughout, although beware of steep cliff edges. By accessing the site from Malvern Road, you can reach the top of the hill by avoiding a steep climb.

West Sedgemoor Reserve (RSPB) - There is a designated disabled parking bay and access for disabled visitors to the Heronry hide and along a short stretch of the Woodland trail.

Westhay Moor NNR (Somerset Wildlife Trust) - Two of the four bird watching hides have wheelchair access via an easy access trail and boardwalk.

Other Useful Links

Action on Disability and Work UK - Advice and support that builds successful working lives for disabled people - Fishponds, Bristol

Bath and North East Somerset Carers' Centre - The Carers' Centre provides a wide range of free services that can help you in your role as a carer 

Bristol Parent Carer - a parent-led organisation helping to shape the future of services provided for children with disabilities / SEN in Bristol

Burnham-On-Sea accessibility info - Local information provided by the Burnham-On-Sea website

Compass Disability Services (Taunton) - a user led organisation and our Board of Trustees, who are elected by our users, is comprised of at least 80% disabled people. We have adopted the Social Model of Disability as a way of working to remove barriers which exclude disabled people from equality of opportunity.

Conquest Centre for Disabled Riders - We offer riding for disabled and able-bodied clients

Crossroads Care Wessex - Carer Support Workers provide expert, discreet homecare for people of all ages and with a wide range of different needs.

Disabled services  and access in Bath - Details of Shopmobility, car parking etc.

West Somerset Disability Association - Association for disabled people and their carers in West Somerset

West Somerset Carriage Driving Group for the Disabled - Operating from late spring through to early autumn, we are entirely staffed by volunteers

Young and Free - a “buddying” and befriending service to help young adult members with physical disabilities and/or sensory impairments Bristol

Young Carers BANES - Help, support, advice and breaks for young carers aged 5 to 18 who regularly look after a family member who is ill, frail or disabled - Bath and North East Somerset

Sport

Bristol Sailability - enables disabled young people, to participate in the challenging sport of sailing. We operate from Baltic Wharf in Bristol City Docks - also has wheelyboat (wheelchair accessible boats) hire available - also see this site

Buds & Suds - Bristol & South Glos Union of Disability Sports - Disability Sport in Bristol & South Gloucestershire - sporting opportunities for all disabled people.

Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership - SASP is committed to increasing the range of opportunities in disability sports in Somerset.

Somerset Disabled Cricket Club - Somerset Cricket Board disability cricket - a club run by disabled people for disabled people

Somerset Wheelchair Sports Club - Disabled football, Netball, Baskeball, Boccia, Badminton, Table Tennis, Hockey

South West Scorpions - provide opportunities for Children and adults from Bristol and the surrounding area to play the exciting sport of wheelchair basketball

Taunton canoe club - Taunton canoe club actively encourages disabled canoeists into recreational and competitive paddling. One of the clubs members, Dave Cooke, is the Disabled Persons Representative on the South West Region Comittee of the BCU and also a disabled paddler.

 

tourist.me.uk provides listings of Somerset heritage, nature and general visitor attractions many with accessibility info