Accessible Countryside - Disabled Access Leisure & Sport
Disabled Access, Wheelchair Walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles, Buggy Walks - all terms that imply 'accessibility' to the countryside and this site is about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces, for leisure, recreation and sport.
This site also promotes disability, carers and family organisations, as well as those who provide accessible services such as taxis, pubs and restaurants, holiday accommodation and equipment hire.
I have added a new page with links to free software and information websites to help keep you safe on the web - there are also links to reporting sites and charities that help with issues caused by internet use
Have you tried the ACE Web Search Engine?
powered by Google but with the emphasis on disability and accessibility giving targeted results - you search as normal - Google sort the results.
Try it now ACE Web Search
save it in your favourites for future use
New publications from English Heritage
Two new guides have been published - Easy Access to Historic Buildings and Easy Access to Historic Landscapes - links available on the Creating Accessibility page
Welcome to ACE
ACE – Accessible Countryside for Everyone is here to promote access to the countryside, leisure and sport.
My aim in setting up ACE was to provide a “one stop shop” for details of accessible walks and trails it has developed into a broader resource offering details of disabled / all ability sport, disabled, family and carers support, tourist information, wheelchair taxis, accessible pubs and restaurants, holidays and accommodation suitable for wheelchair users and mobility impaired people – all intended to make it easier to find accessible places to go, things to do, help or support.
The walks and sites listed will generally be easy going, pleasant and enjoyable, though I may throw in a few long distance and more challenging trails as well. I hope that wheelchair users, families with buggies or joggers looking for a pleasant run will all find these walks and resources useful.
The listed sites are selected for the physical access aspect however a number also have facilities for those with sight or hearing impairment generally this will be mentioned in the text.
Please note the information on the site is provided in good faith, I am dependant on the information I receive and obtain from published sources. I do not have the resources to inspect or check any site / venue and recommend that you always check directly with the place you intend to visit, to be sure of suitable accessibility and facilities.
About the Site
Each Region has its own sub-site, with information provided at County / District level. Where I have it I include information on walks, parks, nature reserves, beaches, sport, recreation, support organisation , useful tourist info, disabled friendly taxis, accessible campsites, pubs, restaurants and hotel dining.
I also list National Organisations supporting disabled people and carers, National Organisations supporting Children, Parents and Families and organisations offering sporting and recreational activities for disabled people.
For anyone thinking of 'creating accessibility' at a site or project there is a page with links to reference material and best practice.
The site is evolving and I hope that you will keep coming back to the site, ACE is here to save you time searching the internet for information, ACE does this for you bringing together in one place, what I believe to be reliable information, from official and reputable sources
The Countryside is for Everyone
England and Wales has some of the most fantastic countryside, from mountains and valleys to rolling hills and scenic coast.
There are thousands of miles of public footpaths, bridleways, green lanes, trails and tracks however we have found that so little appears to be accessible to those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters, parents with buggies or those with mobility impairment who find stiles difficult to negotiate.
I am not able to remove the obstacles but I can publicise the places that are accessible. We all have a right to enjoy the countryside and our hope is that this site will help in making it more accessible to more people. . . Enjoy. . . The Countryside IS for Everyone.
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details of accessible -
Sports Clubs, accommodation, taxi firms, restaurants and food pubs to add to our listings
please email in to be listed
Recent Wheelchair taxi additions
The Wheelchair Taxi Company in Torquay - Devon
Premier Travel, York - Yorkshire
Class One Private Hire - Stroud - Gloucestershire
Winchester Wheelchair Taxis
The Lake District National Park website has details of 42 easy walks many with wheelchair / pushchair access
Tourist websites with attractions access info now covers the the South West, South East and East of England
These useful sites includes brief details of disabled access / facilities
Pages / Sections to check out
2 pages of listings - I have tried to cover providers in as many areas of England and Wales as I can as well as national suppliers.
individual properties listed with web links - in many cases you can book direct
Latest Accessible Pub / Restaurant listing
The Fountain Inn - Builth Wells
see the Mid Wales pubs page
Website - Spotlight
Our hope is that, through our website, there will be opportunities to explore new places, make new friends and find support from and for, one another.
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