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

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

18 Easy Going Trails - a selection of 18 trails, each of which gets you close to nature in the very heart of Suffolk’s countryside, download each from the Discover Suffolk website

Access for All in the Brecks part 1 of 3 - Access for All in the Brecks part 2 of 3 - Access for All in the Brecks part 3 of 3 Archived PDF downloads - leaflet includes detailed information on Access for all routes suitable for people with limited mobility, plus a summary of other relevant sites to visit - (now discontinued) produced by the Brecks Partnership and covers accessible attractions and routes, they may still be of use.

Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds - Green Flag Award - Sensory Garden

Bramford Picnic Site - hard-surface path - you can fish from one of three platforms (suitable for disabled access)

Dunwich Heath: Coastal Centre and Beach (NT) (Saxmundham) - (Charges pr vehicle) Visitors with disabilities welcomed. Access to tea-room and gift shop. Self-drive powered mobility vehicle (Tramper) and chauffeured three seater vehicle available for site tours upon booking. Accessible sea-watching centre with telescopes

Easy access trail - East Town Park (Bury St Edmunds) - This is a surfaced circular route of around 400 metres (about 370 yards) suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and people with reduced mobility

Foxburrow Farm (Melton) - The education centre is wheelchair accessible with a disabled toilet. Laminated trails are available in the car park, including a wheelchair and pushchair accessible trail.

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens - (charges) - have available for hire a specially designed electric boat suitable for wheelchair users. All areas of the Hall that are open to the public are accessible by wheelchair. All areas of the gardens are accessible and grass areas can be used for moving around – paths can be a little difficult after heavy rain.

High Lodge Forest Centre (Thetford) - Admission charge applicable - 1250 metres - Accessible Toilet. Car Parking available - also see their access statement Archive PDF download

Ickworth House, Park and Gardens (NT) (Bury St Edmunds) - (charges) Outdoor wheelchair available from West Wing Drop-off point for passengers with disabilities Adapted toilet on ground floor of house and on lower ground floor of West Wing Braille guide Sensory experience Large print guide Induction loop Partly accessible grounds (map available), loose gravel paths, some steep slopes, terraces and steps. Trampers available. All-terrain pushchair available for outdoor use Children's play area

Lynford Lakes - Zig-Zag Covert - 1258 metres. A special feature of the trail are the recently installed seating benches. No accessible toilets. No admission charge. Car parking available.

Nowton Park (Bury St Edmunds) - Access for all - Major routes are wide and way-marked, but the terrain can be variable

St Helens Easy Access Path (Thetford) - 900 metres - The Forest Nature Reserve at the Little Ouse valley. Accessible toilets. Picnic area. Car parking available. No admission charges.

Thornham Estate - The walks also include a surfaced path suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Country Parks

Brandon Country Park - Disabled visitors are especially welcome. The car park is situated next to the Visitor Centre and incorporates accessible toilets. Some paths are suitable for wheelchairs

Knettishall Heath Country Park - With an easy access trail close to the parking facilities , everyone can enjoy the heathland beauty of the Country Park. There are toilets (Radar key) on site for disabled visitors - also see Archive PDF download

Nature Reserves

Barton Mills Riverside Reserve Archived PDF download - Marked as wheelchair friendly - there is an accessible route shown on the map

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve - In drier conditions wheelchairs can be pushed from the car park along several rides and paths within the wood. No toilets available

Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve - The education centre is accessible to all and has a disabled toilet. Wheelchairs and pushchairs can use a firm path around part of the marsh including easy access gates. A disabled access route along the river wall from Oulton Broad is under construction.

Cavenham Heath NNR - The 2.3 km woodland trail starts at the car park and has a one km easy-access section suitable for wheelchairs. The 3.8 km heathland trail is also accessed via the car park and is reasonably accessible in dry weather

Hen Reedbeds (Near Southwold) - Wheelchairs can be pushed over the 75m grass path to a viewing area with seating. No toilets.

Knettishall Heath (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) - woodland, riverside meadows and heathland - river trail is wheelchair and pushchair accessible, disabled toilet facilities

Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve (Bury St Edmunds) - Fully accessible visitor centre with allocated parking and toilet for disabled people. The 1.5km Kingfisher Trail is negotiable by wheelchair, with ramped access to five hides. The new Orchid Hide, reached by a firm 150m path from the car park, offers easy access for all visitors.

Lakenheath Fen (RSPB) - (Charges apply) Wheelchair/pushchair path (150 metres) from car park to riverbank viewpoint is possible with assistance. Most trails are accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The Brandon Fen family trail is the most suitable trail for easy mobility.

Micklemere Nature Reserve - The hide is wheelchair-accessible along a short path from the road. No toilets.

Minsmere (RSPB) (Saxmundham) - (Charges apply) Some nature trails and hides are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and work is continuing to upgrade many of the surfaces. See website for more details

Redgrave & Lopham Fen Nature Reserve - Fully accessible visitor centre with disabled toilet. Picnic area and designated parking. Wheelchair may be pushed in dry conditions over grass path to boardwalk with fen viewing platform (250m from centre). The longer Spider Trail can be used by a powered wheelchair in summer.

Sizewell Belts Nature Reserve - Wheelchair/pushchair Access to woodlands

Other Useful Links

Bury St Edmunds Visitors with disabilities - General visitor information, Shopmobility, parking, toilets etc.

Suffolk Family Carers - a registered charity, working with unpaid Family Carers across Suffolk

Suffolk Parent Carer Network - a network of parents and carers of children with additional needs who are dedicated to playing an active part in the planning and delivery of services for our children.

Wheels within Wheels (WWW) - is operated by the Volunteer Centre – Bury St Edmunds, as part of its Community Transport on behalf of Suffolk County Council and provides a Door to Door service for wheelchair users, people with disabilities, elderly and people rurally isolated by public transport.

Sport

Bury Bombers are a wheelchair basketball team based in Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

Ipswich Charioteers WFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: St. Albans Catholic High School

Orwell Panthers Athletic Club - Athletics for physically disabled persons or those with visual or aural impairment or learning disability in Ipswich and the surrounding districts of Suffolk and North Essex

St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association, Lackford Lake near Bury St Edmunds. RYA Training & Sailability

Suffolk Spartans - is a powerlifting club which began in early 2007. The club is unique in that it is aimed at anyone who wishes to participate in powerlifting irrespective of age or ability. We are just as keen to welcome those who wish to try a new sport and we will support the outcomes you personally wish to achieve.

The Woolverstone Project provides sailing opportunities and tuition for those with disabilities with sailing throughout the year at Alton Water and during the summer months at Woolverstone on the River Orwell

 

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