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Tyne and Wear

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 Tyne and Wear.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Armstrong Park (Newcastle) - upon Tyne From DisabledGo "There is a network of tarmac paths running throughout the park with varying easy and moderate slopes. " - also see DisabledGo

Bowes Railway Path - The map shows easy sections and disabled access points

Burdon Moor - It has a short circular 'Accessible For All' walk and a small number of sculptures on or near the site

Elswick Park (Newcastle upon Tyne) - Green Flag Award - From DisabledGo "There are paths running throughout the park, with varying easy and moderate slopes." - also see DisabledGo

Gibside (NT) Nr Burnopfield - (charges) - Designated mobility parking Mobility toilets Grass and loose gravel paths, steep slopes, some steps Mobility tramper and wheelchairs available Stair climber gives access to chapel for wheelchair users - Baby-changing facilities All-terrain baby buggies for loan Children's menu in garden tea-room Family discovery room and indoor play area Nature playscape woodland adventure area Low ropes challenge

Gosforth Central Park - Green Flag Award - From DisabledGo "There is level access throughout the park." also see DisabledGo

High House Farm Brewery (Matfen) - Grade II listed farm buildings house, welcoming restaurant and tea rooms full disabled access to all areas of our brewery and visitor centre with a platform lift big enough for most wheelchairs - disabled toilets and disabled parking.

Jesmond Dene (Newcastle upon Tyne) - Please check the DisabledGo website for access details - also see DisabledGo

Lamesley Pastures - ACE note - Marked as accessible but no other details found

Leazes Park (Newcastle upon Tyne) - Please check the DisabledGo website for access details - also see DisabledGo

North Kenton Park (Newcastle upon Tyne) - The park is quite flat and footpaths lead throughout the park

Nuns Moor Park (Newcastle upon Tyne) - From DisabledGo "There is level access throughout the park. . . There is an adapted toilet located in the sensory garden, which was locked at the time of research - also see DisabledGo

Paddy Freemans Park (Newcastle upon Tyne) - The majority of the park has level access, however there maybe some areas where paths are situated on a easy or moderate slope." - also see DisabledGo

Watergate Forest Park - ACE note - The Wildlife Trail is suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters - wheelchair users may need assistance

Country Parks

Derwent Walk Country Park (Gateshead) - The Derwent Walk is wheelchair accessible at Swalwell Visitor Centre and Derwent haugh Park is wheelchair accessible from Swalwell Visitor Centre and all three car parks along the A694, linking with the Derwent Walk near the Nine Arches Viaduct. A short circular boardwalk gives limited access to the woodland around Thornley Woodlands Centre. Both observation hides are wheelchair accessible A'Breakfree' leaflet pack is available free of charge, giving detailed access guidance.

Rising Sun Country Park (Benton) - Some of these paths are accessible for the disabled.

Tyne Riverside Country Park (Newburn) - Please check the DisabledGo website for access details

Nature Reserves

Benwell Nature Park LNR (Newcastle upon Tyne) - The paths in Benwell Nature Park vary from flat to steep sloping and are either grass or surfaced with wood chippings. Access to the park’s pond is via boardwalks. Wheelchair users and those who have mobility problems may find some of the paths and the boardwalks difficult to use.

Holywell LNR North Tyneside - There is a public hide, adapted for wheelchair use and a member’s hide, for which keys are available from the Wildlife Trust Office (Northumberland Wildlife Trust)

Norwood Nature Park LNR - ACE note - Marked as accessible but no other details found

Ryton Willows LNR - ACE note - Marked as accessible but no other details found

Shibdon Pond LNR - ACE note - Marked as accessible but no other details found

Stargate Ponds and Bewes Hills - ACE note - Marked as accessible but no other details found

Windy Nook Nature Park LNR - ACE note - Marked as accessible but no other details found

Other Useful Links

Carer Centre Newcastle - Local support for unpaid carers.

Disability North (Newcastle Upon Tyne) - a free Independent Living Service which promotes social inclusion, independence and choice for disabled and older people in the North East of England and Cumbria.

Friends Action North East (FANE) - established in 2004, is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and the sole purpose of our team is to help adults in the North East of England with learning disabilities to make and keep friends.

Gateshead Carers - A friendly, confidential support service for carers in Gateshead. Helping ease the pressure of caring through advice, training, social groups and activities.

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre We recognise that carers have different needs and need to access support in different ways depending on their caring situation. 

Pathways 4 All is a registered charity which currently provides social activities and events for children with additional needs within North Tyneside and the surrounding areas

Percy Hedley Trust - A great charity supporting children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities - Newcastle Upon Tyne

Sunderland Carers' Centre - offers confidential information, advice and support to people looking after ill, disabled or frail relatives or friends in Sunderland

Sport

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"

Newcastle United Foundation PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Walker Activity Dome

Northern Thunder PFC - powerchair football - competing in the WFA National League - Training Venue: Percy Hedley Sports Academy

Walker Warriors PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Sir Charles Parsons School

tourist.me.uk has pages for Tyne and Wear Visitor Attractions, Historic & Architectural Properties and Gardens, Nature and Wildlife – many with accessibility info