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
Albert Park (Middlesbrough) - An accessible parking area is provided near the vehicle entrance on Park Road South. Access is good throughout the site and all paths are reasonably level. Disabled toilets are located in the Visitor Centre, Pavilion and the Fountain toilet block.
Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park (Stockton-on-Tees) - Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors. Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Toilets are in visitor centre which is only open on certain days.
Guisborough Forest & Walkway Visitor's Centre - Wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Easy walking access to the surrounding countryside, with maps available for various circular walks.
Hemlington Lake & Recreation Centre (Middlesbrough) - Both sites have disabled access and toilets and are CCTV monitored. A RADAR key is required at the toilets at Hemlington Hall Farm. As part of the angling developments a golf buggy was purchased, with the help of the Friends of Hemlington Lake, to assist in disabled anglers getting to and from the Lake. Anglers will be able to leave their vehicles at the car park and arrange a time to be collected (within Centre opening hours).
Newham Grange Country Farm (Middlesbrough) - (Charges) - Newham Grange Leisure Farm provides access for disabled people in most areas. A disabled toilet and baby changing facilities available. On Tuesday Mornings at 11.00 there is 'Push and Go' which is a exercise with baby and pram.
Pallister Park (Middlesbrough) - Access is good throughout the site and all public footpaths are flat. Disabled toilets are located in the Park Centre Building.
Stewart Park (Middlesbrough) - Middlesbrough Shopmobility have launched a scheme in partnership with Stewart Park to provide less mobile visitors with a more convenient made of travel around the park comprehensive networks of tarmac public footpaths.
Thorntree Park (Middlesbrough) - Thorntree Park provides disabled parking, disabled toilets and the footpaths are flat and accessible
Wynyard Woodland Park (Stockton) - Although most areas of the park have flat paths and are reasonably wheelchair friendly some areas, particularly Thorpe Wood, are less so. Disabled access maps show the sort of information that the less able bodied will find helpful, including gradients, locations of steps, seats and gates.
Billingham Beck Valley Country Park (Stockton-on-Tees) - Ramp / Level Access, Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park (Normanby) The paths around the visitor centre have been developed into a sensory trail with sculptures, raised beds, bird feeding area and willow maze. Other access to the park is limited due to steep gradients and uneven surfaces. A motorised buggy is available for use by people with mobility problems.
Summerhill Country Park & Visitor Centre (Hartlepool) - Green Flag Award - Disabled access to centre also forest mobility scheme 2 mobility scooters for outside use
Berwick Hills LNR (Middlesbrough) - The site is flat and there are flat tarmacked paths in the nature reserve
Saltholme Wildlife Reserve - Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility, 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, plastic chairs. One hide with ramp and sliding door.
Teesmouth NNR - Disabled parking, easy-access route, wheelchair access gates, wheelchair access to hides. A well surfaced way-marked trail takes you to the North Gare breakwater. There is also an easy-access footpath connecting the Cowpen Marsh car park with two wheelchair accessible observation hides.
Other Useful Links
Carers Together in Redcar & Cleveland - an independent registered charity which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for carers who care for someone living in Redcar and Cleveland.
Darlington Parent Carer Forum - a parent-led organisation helping to shape the future of services provided for children with disabilities
Seaton Carew - North Gare Beach - Toilets with disabled facilities Cafe / restaurants Shops and a slipway. There is free parking by the beach with disabled spaces.
Visit Middlesborough Accessibility - Scroll down the page for info on shopmobility, changing places toilets, parking and attractions.
Darlington PFC - powerchair football - set up to enable people with disabilities in the area, to play a competitive & exhilarating sport - Training Venue: The Dolphin Centre
Gateway Wheelers - "Our Mission is to enable people with disabilities to enjoy cycling and create opportunities for personal development by providing suitable cycles, equipment and support." - "We have regular rides at Chester-le-Street, Darlington and Gateshead Stadium
Middlesbrough PFC - powerchair football - a sports club for people of all ages, male & female with a severe physical disability - Training Venue: Rainbow Leisure Centre
North East Bulls -wheelchair rugby - Sedgefield Community College
Tees Valley Wheelchair Sports Club - Tees Valley Titans wheelchair Basketball team