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Sussex

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

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Easy Countryside Trails in West Sussex 14 easy walking routes up to 5 miles long for everyone to enjoy, including wheelchair users and families with pushchairs - also see Archive PDF download

Abbots Wood - An 800m tarmac circuit near the edge of the wood guides the visitor through a variety of tree species.

Arlington Reservoir - 120 acres, "The Kingfisher Trail is approximately seven kilometres in length, the first-half is suitable for wheelchair access." - also see Archive PDF download

Beachy Head Peace Path - The Peace Path is a 750 metre circular route starting opposite the main Beachy Head car park and leading to a viewpoint on the Head. The path is a firm and even surfaced track with no gates, stiles or steps - also see Archive PDF download

Blunts wood and Paiges meadow - Wheelchair access through broadleaf bluebell wood to wild flower meadow rich in native orchids and a profusion of other flowers. (supplied by sussexrambler click to visit his blog)

Bramber (Miles Without Stiles) Archived PDF download - The Route for All is a linear route of 2.2 miles (3.6km) there and back. (Disabled toilets in the car park)

Brighton and Hove Disabled access parks - information on facilities available for disabled people, including disabled parking and accessible toilets

Broomhill Sands - A surfaced ramp provides access onto a 400 metre section of the sea wall from the car park giving superb views over Rye Bay.

Burton Pond Trail Archived PDF download - The easy access trail forms part of the LNR Nature Trail that loops around the whole site leading to the historic Burton Park. The whole trail is approximately 400m long with lake views. It is fairly easy going for motorised wheelchairs and push chairs.

Butts Brow To Birling Gap Easy Access Trail Archive PDF download - 6.5 miles - This is an easy access trail, ideally suited for walkers or outdoor mobility vehicles such as Trampers.

Centurion Way - This trail is suitable for people with impaired mobility, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and push chairs also see Archive PDF download

Coastal sites with surfaced trails - W. Sussex - Details and links for sites with surfaced trails in West Sussex

Devils Dyke Trail Archive PDF download - This path is a hard surface with no steps or steep gradients and is in most parts wheelchair-friendly. It is 2km long and suitable for cyclists and horse riders

Highwoods - (off Pear Tree Lane, north west of Bexhill on Sea) - A 600m surfaced trail of medium difficulty leads through the varied woodland of this site including a restored pond with diverse wildlife. also see www.eastsussex.gov.uk...

High and Over Trail - (NT) - Circular route on hard surfaced paths from the car park at High and Over.

Highwoods - (off Pear Tree Lane, north west of Bexhill on Sea) - A 600m surfaced trail of medium difficulty leads through the varied woodland of this site including a restored pond with diverse wildlife.

Hollingbury Woods Easy Access Trail Archived PDF download - This trail is suitable for people with impaired mobility, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and push chairs.

Kingley Vale - ACE is unsure of the suitability of this trail for wheelchairs - any update would be appreciated

Mill Hill Trail - The Mill Hill access trail is a 500m wheelchair-friendly circular route with passing and resting places. Half way round the trail you will find a view point and wheelchair-friendly picnic table - also see Archive PDF download

Park Wood - a short trail suitable for disabled users - An 800m tarmac circuit near the edge of the wood guides the visitor through a variety of tree species. Toilets with disabled facilities. - ACE believes this is now managed by The Environment Agency and has not been able to find any access info published by them!

Salterns Way - Salterns Way is an 18km (12 mile) cycle and wheelchair route from the centre of Chichester to the sand dunes of East Head in the Chichester Harbour AONB - also seeArchive PDF download

Seaford Head (Miles Without Stiles) Archived PDF download - The two Access for All routes are on hardstanding surfaced paths which are wide enough for two mobility vehicles to pass - 340 metres / 1km

Seven Sisters Trail - This trail is suitable for people with impaired mobility, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and push chairs - also see Archive PDF download

Stanmer Park & Ditchling Beacon - Stanmer's easy access route sweeps 5 miles around the park along the ridge, through the woods and back down into the park. If you are using a pushchair or wheelchair you may appreciate being dropped off near the top at Upper Lodge Wood and picked up back down in the park itself - also see Archive PDF download

Country Parks

Ditchling Common Country Park - This large country park shows the stages of ecological succession from grassland to woodland. The 750 metre trail of medium difficulty undulates slightly but has a consistent crushed stone surface.

Seven Sisters Country Park - Many facilities have easy access including a 2km track to the sea. This track is mostly concrete but has a well-worn grass track for the last 700m which is accessible during summer.

Nature Reserves

Lewes Railway Land - A 500 metre surfaced path leads to a bird hide in an old signal box. This is open on certain days of the week or by arrangement, but has restricted door width.

Folly Farm Nature Reserve (Avon Wildlife Trust) - Access for all trails allow access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Visitor centre picnic facilities, disabled toilet, baby changing

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - this large site is free to enter and is managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust. It has many paths suitable for manual wheelchairs and more suitable for electric scooters, giving access to 5 wheelchair accessible birdwatching hides. RADAR toilet in village adjacent to large free car park.

Stoneywish LNR - (Charges) Designated parking at the entrance and an easy-access disabled toilet. An all-ability path takes visitors around the entire reserve.

Pagham Harbour LNR - Access to the Sidlesham Ferry Nature Trail (1.5 miles) is via a level path from the Visitor Centre car park. The trail passes Ferry Pool Hide which is approached by a hard path and has an adapted viewing place.

Pulborough Brooks (RSPB) - Wetland Trail (charges) - this gentle walk, just over two miles (3.5km), is suitable for the whole family The stone path (with gradients) is accessible for manual wheelchairs with a strong helper. A motorised buggy (Tramper) is available (pre-booking is recommended)

Weir Wood Reservoir Local Nature Reserve - An easily accessible bird hide and viewing platform are popular with birdwatchers.

Woods Mill LNR - The reserve is free to visit, with disabled access, a large car park and toilets.

Other Useful Links

Accessibility in Brighton - General visitor information, Shopmobility, parking etc. from visitbrighton.com

Accessible Toilets in Brighton and Hove - Location and opening hours available as a download and details of any temporary closures

Access Eastbourne - local accessible places and services

Activities, Respite Rehabilitation Care Centres (ARRCC) - We provide a dynamic Day Centre in the community for adults living with a wide range of physical/sensory impairments.

Association of Carers - a local charity providing support to family Carers and the people they care for in Hastings and Rother.

Care for the Carers - an independent charity which supports unpaid carers in East Sussex who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is frail, disabled, and/or has a long term illness.

Carers Support Services - a local charitable organisation that exists to help carers lead fulfilling lives "we cover the areas of Horsham, Crawley and Mid Sussex and have contact with a large number of local and national organisations"

Chichester Access Group (CAG) - an independent group consisting of voluntary advisors on disability issues. CAG will promote an environment that is accessible to all regardless of disability or impairment.

Crossroads Care South Central - covers the counties of Hampshire & West Sussex, offering a full range of flexible services for adults and children with various disabilities or health conditions.

ESPaCC - "We Are All Parents and Carers of Children or Young Adults Who Are Aged Between 0 - 25 Years and Have a Wide Range of Additional Needs"

East Sussex Beaches - list and links to info

Possability People provide free, independent information and support to everyone including disabled people, their carers, families and friends

Family Support Work - The Children's Charity of Sussex - free and confidential support is offered to parents or carers and their children

Futures@Chailey Heritage - Charity transition provision, helping young adults with physical disabilities to develop life skills in preparation for adulthood.

Martha Trust - offers day care, respite care and residential care for people with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities across Kent & Sussex.

Smile Support & Care - a registered, regional charity providing much needed full and part-time support to families with disabled children and young adults up to and beyond the age of 25.

Sussex Area (RA) Accessible Rambles Guide - The Sussex area of the Ramblers is publishing this guide to encourage you to get out and explore the countryside if you: Use a wheelchair or buggy for mobility or want to explore the countryside with children in a pram or something similar or are less agile than you would like to be.

The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove - a local charity which exists to support anyone caring for a partner, relative or friend who needs help because of illness, disability, substance misuse or old age.

The Garnet Access Project - The Garnet Access Project exists to promote disabled access to the countryside using quad bikes and amphibious six-wheelers.

Powdermills reservoir (Hastings Fly Fishers Club) - Powdermills is ideal for disabled anglers with their needs catered for with the use of ramps, paths and a toilet suitable for wheel chair users together with a specially constructed "Wheely" boat for disabled anglers.- also see Hastings Fly Fishers Club

Sport

Active Sussex - Parasport Club Finder - disability sports clubs search

Brighton & Hove Albion PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Angmering School Sports Hall, Brighton - Tel: 07876 898031 (no website)

Sussex Disabled Clay Shooters Group - Clay shooting is a sport that should be enjoyed by all.....the Sussex CPSA Committee are keen to encourage disabled persons whether new to the sport and would like to have a go.

Sussex Wasps Disabled Sports Club - Sports club, for Disabled people, run by disabled people. - Brighton - also on Facebook

Tornados Wheelchair Basketball club - Littlehampton West Sussex - also on Facebook

The Sussex County FA Disability League is played at the Hassocks Sports Centre

 

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