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Greater Manchester

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 Greater Manchester.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Brownhill Countryside Centre (Saddleworth) - Green Flag Award nature garden - picnic area, the centre has free exhibitions and toilets (wheelchair and pushchair accessible) - also see this site

Chadkirk Chapel & Country Estate (Stockport) - Chadkirk Chapel and gardens are fully accessible. Wheelchair users will require assistance. Limited disabled parking (two bays) available near the Chapel (outside Chadkirk Farm) - also see

Dove Stone Reservoir (Saddleworth Moor) - wheelchair friendly

Imperial War Museum North - Accessible toilets on the ground floor and lifts to all floors. Induction loop systems at the Information Desk, WaterShard Café, shop counter and Learning Studio. 16 designated parking spaces for people with disabilities. Please note a charge applies to all parking

Middlewood Way (Stockport) - The Middlewood Way is mostly level and wheelchair-accessible. To help you plan your visit, we have attempted to show on the map (see map and guide for more info) easy access points and areas of the Middlewood Way that may be difficult for wheelchairs - also see Archive PDF download

Pennington Hall Park (Leigh) - Green Flag Award - Disabled Access: There are three disabled persons car parking places, a RADAR key accessible toilet, most of the paths are well surface and fairly level. We hop to install inclusive play equipment in the play areas.

Prince's Park (Salford) - Disabled visitors can access some areas within the park, including the tennis courts, from the main entrance on Liverpool Road. There are disabled access toilet facilities within the Prince's Park Garden Centre.

Queen’s Park (Rochdale) - Green Flag Award - The orienteering courses have now been revamped and range from difficult to easy, but also include one specifically for schools, a disabled course and a buggy course. Maps are available from the Wardens office

Strinesdale - Wheelchair friendly (no other accessibility info found)

Three Sisters Recreation Area - Some of the footpaths around here can be used by disabled visitors, but full access is not currently offered

Victoria Park (Salford) - Green Flag Award - Victoria Park, the district park for Swinton, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme and the park now boasts a wide range of facilities for all ages and abilities.

Watergrove Reservoir - Limited wheelchair access - 'The Watergrove Trail', around the reservoir is mostly of good surface although it can be boggy in places

Worthington Lakes (Wigan) - wheelchair friendly - some paths are suitable for assisted wheelchair users.


Country Parks

Blackleach Country Park (Salford) - There are hard surfaced paths around the reservoir and perimeter of the nature reserve; the gradients are generally slight although some slopes may cause difficulties for some users. Circular stiles designed to deter motorcycle access are in place at both car park entrances however motorised wheel chair users may experience problems in using these. Motorised wheel chair users are advised to access the country park from the main car park where 'A' frame access controls are in place

Clifton Country Park (Salford) - There is a hard surfaced path around the lake providing a circular walk which is fully accessible for disabled users including those in motorised wheel chairs. Three designated parking bays are available for disabled users in the main car park. The visitor centre is fully accessible with male and female toilet facilities.

Etherow Country Park - A cafeteria and toilets are located next to the Visitor Centre in the pay and display car park. Accessible toilets are operated on a radar key. Motorised wheelchairs are available free of charge by booking in advance - also see this site

Haigh Country Park (Wigan) - an easy 1.5km suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair access, disabled parking facilities and a drop-off point

Hollingworth Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre (Rochdale) - All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Wheelchair hire. Guide Dogs Permitted Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Strinesdale - Some paths suitable for assisted wheelchair users.


Nature Reserves

Alkrington Woods Nature Reserve - Middleton - From the car park there are good level footpaths with a circular route around large parts of the reserve. A RADAR key will be needed to enter some areas towards Alkrington Hall. The lodge next to the car park also has dedicated wheelchair accessible fishing pegs. Heritage Centre. Victorian themed tea rooms

Chesham LNR (Bury) - Archived PDF download - map show a walk suitable for wheelchairs

Healey Dell Nature Reserve – Rochdale - The main bridleway through Healey Dell is fully accessible. You will need a RADAR key to fully open the kissing gates for larger wheelchairs/scooters. It is possible to take a circular route along the bridleway, and back around Broadley Lodges, taking in some of the history and sights of the area

Pennington Flash Country Park and Nature Reserve - view the video - showing hard surfaced paths - Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


Other Useful Links

Accessible Toilets - Salford - Location and if a RADAR key is required

Accessible Toilets - Manchester City Centre - Location and if a RADAR key is required

Disability Stockport - a voluntary organisation which assists and supports people with physical disabilities and/or sensory loss or impairments.

Manchester Disabled People's Access Group - this links to their Accessible Manchester page but the website has much more

Manchester Carers Forum - exists to provide a collective voice for Carers in the City of Manchester

Parents in Partnership Stockport (PIPS) - a group for parents and carers who have children or young people in Stockport with disabilities or additional needs.

Salford MS Society, we are a branch of the national MS Society and aim to help those in the local area

Signpost Stockport for Carers - provides free, confidential information to unpaid carers of all ages and ethnicity, and professionals who work with carers, in the Stockport area

Trafford Carers Centre - a non-profit organisation that supports unpaid carers looking after someone who lives in the Trafford area. The majority of our services are free, and everything you tell us will be kept in confidence.

Trafford CIL (Centre for Independent Living) - a disabled people’s user-led organisation, set up using the expertise of disabled people to provide tailored support to people with impairments to live full, enjoyable and independent lives.



Bolton Bulls WBC - wheelchair basketball charity Bolton, Manchester

Bolton Bullets - give powerchair users the opportunity to play football

GreaterSport is a registered charity aiming to change lives through Sport and Physical Activity in Greater Manchester

Leigh & Lowotn Sailing Club - Leigh & Lowotn Sailing Club is an affiliated RYA Sailability club. We have three Access Dinghies and a Laser Stratos with a lifting keel. The Sailability Group meet most Saturday mornings from April through to October and sometimes on Tuesday and Friday evenings through the Summer

Manchester Phoenix Sledge Hockey - team is open to anyone, able bodied & disabled, offering a truly inclusive game. (Altrincham Ice Dome) - also see Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation

Manchester PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Moss Side Powerhouse Centre

Sale United PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Moss Side Powerhouse Centre

West Coast Crash - wheelchair rugby - Leigh Sports Village Stadium, Sale Way, Leigh -



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