Tees Valley Accessible Countryside
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 Tees Valley.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Billingham Beck Valley Country Park - "With its wildflower meadows, reed-beds, ponds, marsh and woodland, Billingham Beck Valley is a great place to explore – whatever the time of year." "There’s an extensive network of footpaths running through the park, criss-crossing Billingham Beck and extending into the wider countryside" "Accessible Toilets, Surfaced Paths" - from the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council website
Coatham Marsh - "Coatham Marsh SSSI is an amazing wild oasis amongst the industrial heritage that made Teesside. It is most notable for its reedbeds and open water pools that attract hundreds of waders and waterfowl each year. There are also acres of open grassland and wildflower meadows to explore. Landscaped mounds, derived from its industrial past, give great views over the marsh and surrounding Redcar." "Access through the reserve is a mixture of surfaced and unsurfaced paths and tracks. There are restrictors at most entryways to inhibit motorcycle and horse access. These are passable by most child buggies and some wheelchairs. Crossing between the north and south side of the reserve is via a railway bridge with no provision for non-foot traffic." "Paths are mostly unsurfaced on the north side of the reserve and surfaced on the south. Some are liable to flooding at wet times of the year." - from the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust website
Great North Park and Tilery Park - "A nice amble from the Blue Bridge in Norton, linking up with the old railway line path and swooping round towards the parks. There’s a good surface quality throughout, but still plenty of green space and nature to be seen." "3.5 miles (5.6km) Mostly flat and paved" - from the Stockton-on-Tees Active Travel Hub website
Portrack Marsh - "Portrack Marsh is one of the area’s most important wildlife sites and lies at the very heart of Teesside. Portrack is designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) because of the number and variety of waders it attracts each year. The wetland attracts hundreds of birds each year and is home to mammals, amphibians, insects and wildflowers." "Visitors will find a network of compact aggregate paths giving access to much of the reserve. Those on the north side are a little uneven as they follow what was an old railway line. A tarmac cycleway and footpath leads from the Talpore Inn down to the River Tees, offering fantastic views on both sides of the path" "The most accessible option is to join the cycle path flanking the River Tees. This is reached via the whitewater course. Most of the reserve’s internal footpaths are laid to a compacted and bound gravel. Some of these paths are narrow and require additional care if you are using mobility aids. " - from the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust website
Ropner Park - "If you’ve never been to Ropner Park then you have to go! Fully restored to its Victorian splendour, Ropner Park is a real delight at any time of year. You can stroll by the lakeside or along tree-lined avenues and admire the beautiful floral displays. There’s a fabulous play area, tennis courts, bowls club and large grassed areas for games and picnics." "1.1 miles (1.8km) Suitable for prams and wheelchairs" - from the Stockton-on-Tees Active Travel Hub website
Saltholme Nature Reserve - (RSPB) - "These family-friendly wetlands have a helpful visitor's centre, hides and screens which let you get up close to water rail, yellow wagtails and terns, plus a family discovery zone, cafe, play area and accessible trails." "Visitor centre; Main entrance and reception area on the ground floor, with step free, level access throughout on tiled flooring. Accessible toilets on ground and first floors of the visitor centre. Four signposted trails surfaced in bound gravel, mostly on level ground with seating provided. Three hides all on level ground with double doors Some floor-to-ceiling viewing windows." - from the RSPB website
Summerhill Country Park and Outdoor Nature Reserve - "Come and explore the 100 acre site on your own, or join in with our many bookable activities. Sculptures around the park, Ponds with viewing platforms, A cafe in the Visitors Centre, Two children’s play areas, Two free mobility scooters which can be booked in advance." from the Hartlepool Borough Council website
- accessibility information can be found on the AccessAble website
Tees Barrage Trail - "A great route snaking you around the almighty river Tees. Taking in plenty of great heritage and iconic landmarks. Great opportunity to stop at the Talpore for a spot of lunch or refreshment or a picnic at the famous White Water Course" "3.8 miles (6.2km) Suitable for prams and wheelchairs" - from the Stockton-on-Tees Active Travel Hub website
- Download a trail leaflet from the Canal and River Trust website
Teesmouth National Nature Reserve - "Main habitat: sand dunes, grazing marsh, intertidal sand and mudflats" "The reserve is split into 2 main sections. North Gare is an area of dunes and grazing marsh, the domain of lapwings and flocks of curlew. Seal Sands is one of the largest areas of intertidal mudflats on England’s north-east coast. When the tide is out, hundreds of waders, including redshank and dunlin peck through the mud." "The colony of harbour seals haul out on the sand banks at low tide; their pups are born here each summer, making Seal Sands the only regular breeding colony of these animals on England’s north-east coast."
- from the Natural England website - Download the site leaflet (it states "An easy-access footpath connects the Cowpen Marsh car park with two wheelchair accessible hides overlooking Seal Sands, and with the Greatham Creek Seal Viewpoint."
Wynyard Woodland Park - "That former railway line now offers an excellent route for walking and cycling, with linking footpaths enabling visitors to wider park including Thorpe Wood Local Nature Reserve, Tilery and Brierley Woods and the splendid Pickard Meadows (a huge, newly established wildflower meadow). " "The former station house now houses an excellent café, and nearby there’s a fantastic, adventure play area in a stunning woodland setting. The park is also home to a planetarium and observatory, managed by the Cleveland and Darlington Astronomical Society (CaDAS). " "Vehicle barriers on the Castle Eden Walkway at Wynyard Woodland Park are there to deter motorbikes and horses. Each one is Sustran cycle pass approved. However if wheelchair users are unable to fit through the barrier there is a standard RADAR padlock on the vehicle barrier. A RADAR padlock is fitted to disabled toilets so anyone registered disabled should have access." "Accessible Toilets, Designated Disabled Parking, Surfaced Paths" - from the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council website