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West Midlands 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 the West Midlands plus details of disabled sport, support, carers and family organisations in the county.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

A collection of 2km and 5km walks all over Birmingham - Many of the routes are accessible for those with a disability or for families with pushchairs.

Brueton Park - see DisabledGo website - Facilities within this park include a nature reserve, a lake and the Parkridge Centre, a wildlife trust education centre.

Cannon Hill Park - recognised as providing a welcoming site for diverse communities and people experiencing difficulties with mobility.

Clent Hills (NT) - All-ability trails - A wide, level path with a compacted surface travels one third mile from Nimmings Wood car park to the Standing Stones. It is a gentle, steady uphill route, suitable for most wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Edgbaston Reservoir - We welcome people with disabilities to our site and most of our "on the move" talks we use the circular route around the reservoir which has a fairly flat path. The route is approximate 2.8 km (1.75 miles) in length.

Hillfield Park (Shirley) - see DisabledGo website for access details

Kings Heath Park - Green Flag Award - There is equal access for all users and there are special facilities for disabled people, such as toilets and ramped entrances to the Nursery Shop.

Malvern Park (Solihull) - see DisabledGo website for access details

Sarehole Mill - Most areas of Sarehole Mill can be easily accessed including the ground floor of the mill where the waterwheel gears and flour bins are located, the miller's house, the granary and the bakehouse.

Tudor Grange Park (Solihull) - see DisabledGo website for access details

Warley Woods Park and Woodland - There are a number of solidly surfaced paths which are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. These run from entrance gate to entrance gate, so you can cross the park easily. There are also additional paths with are surfaced with semi loose material which would be suitable for most buggies and wheelchairs but may be harder to traverse. The site is formed by two sides of a valley and some gradients are steep.

West Park (Wolverhampton) - disabled access - The park is considered to be one of the best, unspoilt examples of a Victorian park left in England

Willenhall Memorial Park - Willenhall Memorial Park has been developed to make the park and its facilities accessible for the whole community to enjoy

Country Parks

Lickey Hills Country Park - We welcome people with disabilities to the park and to our events, however, due to the nature of the terrain covered by many events, some visitors may require assistance or will have difficulty taking part. The Green Flag award has now been held for ten consecutive years.

New Hall Country Park - New Hall Valley Country Park covers 198 acres of green belt, one mile to the South East of Sutton Park and has a Green Flag Award.

Sandwell Valley Country Park - Sandwell Valley Country Park is a Green Flag Award Winning Site - Many of our footpaths are surfaced, providing access for all, though many are left as natural tracks to provide a sense of a real countryside.

Sheldon Country Park - Less-able walkers and wheelchair users can access a hard-surfaced nature trail directly from the main car park. The farm site is fully accessible and has one unisex disabled toilet with a radar lock.

Nature Reserves

Codsall Coppice LNR (Sandwell) - The steep nature of the slopes in Codsall Coppice make wheelchair access difficult although the paths and kissing gates have been designed to facilitate disabled access where possible.

Elmdon Nature Park (Solihull) - see DisabledGo website - Several areas of the park are accessible to wheelchair users with assistance, provided the patron uses the appropriate car park. The Nature Reserve is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance via the Damson Parkway Car Park.

Forge Mill Lake LNR (Sandwell) - A wheelchair friendly kissing gate leads from the car park onto the Reserve. Some footpaths around the Reserve are suitable for wheelchairs, although some become difficult in wet conditions.

Gorse Farm Wood LNR (Great Barr) - Most of the footpaths on the Reserve are accessible by wheelchair, although being situated on a slope means that there are some gradients.

Mousesweet Brook LNR (Cradley Heath) - Surfaced paths and a boardwalk enable wheelchair access to areas of woodland, grassland and the children's play area.

Priory Woods LNR (Sandwell) - Surfaced paths lead from the car park through the woodlands and around the pools. Other parts of the reserve have un-surfaced tracks, some of which may be suitable for wheelchairs during dry weather. The Reserve is mostly level although there is an incline over the motorway bridge.

Sandwell Valley RSPB Reserve - Two paths lead around the reserve; all are mostly surfaced with rolled stone. There is one stretch of 1:20 gradient with no level rest places. The rest of the paths are level.

Sheepwash LNR (Great Bridge) - A number of footpaths suitable for wheelchairs lead around the Reserve and major improvements are scheduled for 2009/10.

Smestow Valley LNR - partial disabled access - (ACE note - please check with the site)

Sots Hole LNR (Sandwell) - The surfaced path leading through the Reserve is suitable for wheelchairs.

Sutton Park NNR - Disabled parking and toilet facilities are available.

Warrens Hall LNR - Disabled parking spaces are available at Dudley Road car park, and there is wheelchair access from here and from Springfield Lane entrance onto the Reserve. Surfaced paths enable wheelchair access to some of the site, but owing to the steep nature of parts of the Reserve, some areas are inaccessible.

Wren's Nest NNR - wheelchair access to information centre, wheelchair accessible gates

Other Useful Links

Aston Hall - Most of the ground floor areas of the house are accessible including the Great Hall and the Green Library. The cafe and shop are accessible and there is accessible parking and toilet facilities.

Birmingham Disability Resource Centre's (BDRC) - The BDRC provides a range of services to disabled people and their support networks living in Birmingham including general information & advice, counselling, support groups & activities and employment preparation

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are improving their services for people with disabilities, work is in progress at the time of listing - please see the website for details.

Blakesley Hall - Owing to its age, Blakesley Hall has no lift access to the first floor. All other areas of Blakesley Hall are accessible including the visitors centre, cafe, shop and gardens. The house also has its own car parking facilities.

Disability Solutions West Midlands - one of the largest user-led voluntary organisations in Staffordshire, which means that we are run by people with disabilities, on behalf of people with disabilities.

Ideal for All - is a not for profit company and registered charity run by disabled people for disabled people in Sandwell

In and around Birmingham in a wheelchair - info from Disabled Holiday Info

In and around The Black Country in a wheelchair - info from Disabled Holiday Info

INSIGHT for Carers Service - known as INSIGHT - is a charity for carers, run predominantly by carers. As a user led organisation, INSIGHT works hard to meet the needs of carers, developing and delivering the services that carers want, rather than what people think they need.

Midland Mencap - A charity which works and campaigns for accessible and inclusive services and a better quality of life for everyone with experiences of Learning Disability

Opening Doors for Carers is a Crossroads Care (Birmingham and Solihull) service and our aim is to help Carers to achieve their goals in any aspect of Employment, Training or Education. 

Release Young Carers - Young Carers Project based in Sutton Coldfield & Erdington working with Young Carers aged 9-25 and their families.

Sandwell Parent Partnership Service - provides a free, confidential and impartial service for all parents and carers of children with special educational needs in Sandwell

Soho House - Soho House can be accessed via a ramp. Once inside the house, a lift connects all the floors. The visitors centre, shop and gardens are also accessible for wheelchair users and the house has its own car park.

The Carers Network - has been developed for you, the carer, to access up to date information and services for carers across Birmingham.

Sport

Birmingham Black Cats - a wheelchair basketball club based in Birmingham. "We train Tuesday evenings from 6pm until 8pm.We have a diverse age range. Bishop Challoner Sports Center 01212 425669 (Twitter @BlackCatsWBC) no website found

RGK Sporting Club Rhinos - wheelchair sports & inclusive community club in the black country, midlands and central england playing grassroots to elite

Sporting Club Albion -powerchair football - Training Venue: Albion Foundation Sports Hall

Villa Rockets - powerchair football - Training Venue: Stockland Green Leisure Centre (no website)

University of Birmingham Volleyball Club ( Sitting Volleyball) - The University of Birmingham Munrow Sports CentreEdgbaston -Club runs sessions open to those with a physical or learning disability, although able bodied players are also encouraged to take part

Wobblers & Wheelies Disabled Sports Club - We are a club for the Physically Disabled and welcome all adults with a disability, either short or long term, to join us.

 

Tourist Attractions

www.tourist.me.uk/west-midlands - a tourist info site for West Midlands - Birmingham and the Black Country, which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions