Worcestershire 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 Worcestershire plus details of disabled sport, support, carers and family organisations in the county.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Blackhill Easier Access Trail - panoramic views to the east over Worcestershire and the Severn Vale. Information board at wheelchair height. Accessible toilet at British Camp (5 minutes drive away). Disabled parking bays available -charges apply.
Clent Hills - This is a gentle 1ml (1.6km) walk. A wide ‘all-ability’ path, with compacted gravel and little gradient, goes to the fantastic viewpoint of The Four Stones. It is suitable for pushchairs and most wheelchairs.
Eckington Wharf Picnic Place - Picnic area (with wheelchair accessible tables) is flat grass and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Fish Hill Picnic Place - Picnic area (with wheelchair accessible tables) is flat grass and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Waymarked Limestone Trail (1/2 mile) is undulating, unsurfaced (compacted soil) and has some steps. It is not suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters or pushchairs
Gateway Park (Droitwich) - The tow path is on the other side of the canal just over the bridge from the park and is wheelchair accessible
Great Malvern - The Worcestershire Beacon - Pushchairs or wheelchairs are no problem. Start from the Wyche Cutting car parks
Jubilee Bridge Picnic Place - Picnic area (with wheelchair accessible tables) is flat grass and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Kingsford Forest Park - Disabled parking Picnic area (with wheelchair accessible tables) at Kingsford Lane car park is flat grass and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Waymarked Robin Trail (0.5 km) is level, but unsurfaced (grass) and can be uneven in places. It may be suitable for robust pushchairs and mobility scooters.
Malvern Hills Easier Access Trails (2) - The steep and rugged terrain of the Malvern Hills makes them inaccessible to some people, but there are now two specially-constructed Easier Access Trails enabling everyone to enjoy their beauty.
Malvern Hills GeoCentre - disabled access, highchairs & baby-changing facilities, and free wi-fi + a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter available for hire to visit the Worcestershire Beacon. see www.youtube.com
Pershore Bridges Picnic Place - Picnic area (with wheelchair accessible tables) is flat grass and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Disabled fishing platform. Toilets for visitors with disabilities
Pump House Environment Centre - Disabled access, toilets and baby changing facilities
Sanders Park (Bromsgrove) - Green Flag Award - These facilities include a flat outdoor bowling green, two tennis courts, putting green, outdoor skate park, two Multi Use Games areas and a state of the art children's play area, Jubilee Bandstand and a pavilion housing a cafe, information desk, ladies, gents and disabled toilets.
Arrow Valley Country Park - Green Flag Award - The park incorporates a 29 acre man made lake, a tarmac foot path which gives full disabled access around the park and lake
Waseley Hills Country Park - Green Flag Award - Blue badge holders free parking. The Skylark Trail covers part of the park. It has a gentle gradient without stiles or steps and takes about 40 minutes to complete at a steady pace. W.C.C. informed ACE that the site is wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilets.
Worcester Woods Country Park - Green Flag Award - The woodland walk in particular has a good firm surface even after heavy rain and is accessible for most wheelchair users. W.C.C. informed ACE that the site is wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilets.
Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve - Stone path runs 0.5 km into reserve. Steep gradients. Access to the remainder of reserve is earth paths. Mostly gates, some stiles to more remote areas
Lower Smite Farm Nature Reserve (Worcestershire Wildlife Trust) - "The reserve has worked very hard to ensure that wheelchair and buggy users have full access to and around the education centre and wildlife garden, including raised flower beds, ramps and grass protector matting to ensure all year around access" see also www.wildlifetrusts.org/accessiblereserves
St. Wulstan's LNR - Green Flag Award - W.C.C. informed ACE that the site is wheelchair accessible and has accessible trails
Wyre Forest NNR - There are a number of waymarked trails in the Forest (some suitable for wheelchair users) as well as regular guided walks. There are also family cycle routes through the reserve.
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust - map of reserves unfortunately there is no filter to select 'accessible' sites
Other Useful Links
Accessible Worcestershire - Some general information and links
Bewdley Museum - Wheelchair access to all public areas. Toilets for disabled. Large print information and/or interpretation. Touch exhibits.
Carers Careline - Anyone in the Worcestershire area can call Carers Action Worcestershire Helpline on 0300 012 4272 The helpline is available Monday to Friday 09:00 – 19.00 and Saturday 09.00 – 12.00
DIAL South Worcestershire - An independent charity providing a free, confidential information and advice service for people with a disability and their carers, families and friends on all aspects of living with a disability
DIAL North Worcestershire - a free and independent, confidential, information and advice service which was formed in the early 1990s. N.W. Dial covers North Worcestershire, the districts of Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.
Disability Action Wyre Forest - is an independent community group run by disabled & non disabled volunteers to promote better access for all & disability awareness.
In and around Worcester in a wheelchair - info from Disabled Holiday Info
George Marshall Medical Museum - Wheelchair access to all public areas. Toilets for disabled. Braille information and/or interpretation. Induction loops in exhibition spaces. Large print information and/or interpretation
Worcestershire birding sites with disabled access - This survey aims to highlight sites away from formal reserves suitable for the disabled.
Worcestershire Association of Carers - a registered charity that was founded in 1997. We act as an independent source of information, advice and support for the 57,000 unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire.
Wyspa (Wyre Forest Specialist Play Area) - are aiming to create the ultimate all inclusive social and physical experience for children, teens and their family and friends! - at Wyre Forest Visitor Centre
Disability Sport Worcester - disability sports charity-developing opportunities for inclusive sport and recreation for all ages.
www.tourist.me.uk/worcestershire - a tourist info site for Worcestershire which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions