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 Cambridgeshire plus details of disabled sport, support and carers organisations in the county.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Barford Road Pocket Park (St Neots) - There are a number of hard surfaced footpaths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and some benches around so you can relax in the lovely surroundings - also see Archive PDF download
Cambridge for the disabled visitor - Cambridge for the disabled visitor highlights the accessibility of Cambridge colleges, museums & restaurants. It provides essential information regarding facilities such as parking, toilets and accommodation.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden - (Charges) The Botanic Garden is largely accessible, with the exception of some heritage features such as the Rock Garden. Path surfaces are mostly gravel, and there are large stretches of lawn. Sloped paving ramps allow access from the paths to the lawn areas. There are benches at regular intervals around the garden, and seats with armrests in the picnic area.
Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey - (Charges) Wheelchair access is available throughout the museum (gravel paths), and there is restricted access to Denny Abbey and Walnut Tree Cottage. Wheelchairs are available - please ask at the ticket office or arrange before your visit.
Grafham Water Park - Centred on a 10-mile surfaced track, suitable for cycles and pushchairs, are a number of well maintained access routes servicing our activity centres and attractions. Facilities have been adapted where appropriate for disabled access and activities also cater for disabled visitors
Orton Mere and Woodston - The paths at Orton Mere are hard surfaced, relatively flat and suitable for push chairs and wheelchairs. The paths at Woodston Reach are hard surfaced with some slopes which may present difficulties to some wheelchair and pushchair users.
Ouse Valley Way - Most of the paths along the Ouse Valley Way are only suitable for able-bodied people. However, there are hard surfaced paths suitable for those in wheelchair users at Riverside Park in St Neots, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve in Little Paxton, Castle Park in Huntingdon and The Thicket in St Ives. Please refer to the leaflets for more information. For those with slightly limited mobility a number of stiles have been replaced by kissing gates, please phone Hinchingbrooke Country Park on 01480 388666 for more information.
Thorpe Meadows - The paths around the rowing lake are hard surfaced, flat and suitable for push chairs and wheelchairs.
Worts’ Causeway to Horseheath - The Roman Road from Worts’ Causeway to Horseheath is generally accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters but some parts may be muddy in winter or wet weather
Ferry Meadows Country Park - Most paths within the central area of Ferry Meadows, bounded by the river and Nene Valley Railway, are hard surfaced, relatively flat and suitable for push chairs and wheelchairs. All buildings and toilets in Ferry Meadows, including the bird watching hides overlooking the Nature Reserve, are accessible to wheelchairs. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.
Hinchingbrooke Country Park (Huntingdon) - The park has disabled parking, disabled toilet, a network of hard surfaced paths which are suitable for wheelchairs, 2 Trampers are available (call book one in advance) - cafe in the Visitors’ Centre
Milton Country Park - A network of paths over 2 miles in length that run throughout the area, suitable for bicycles and wheelchairs, as well as those on foot.
Wandlebury Country Park - The paths immediately around the disabled car park area are suitable for wheelchairs and there is a disabled toilet in the stable block. There is a disabled car park in the Ring, signposted from the main car park. There is also a pre-visit pack for visually impaired people, obtainable from the office or via the website.
Barnwell East LNR - Good access, flat terrain - A circular path around the reserve provides an excellent walk at any time of year, highlights being the Bee Orchid in early summer and the beauty of the changing colours in autumn.
Bramblefields LNR - Good access, flat terrain - Along with its importance for birds, especially Song Thrushes, it is a brilliant site for families to visit. It is a place of discovery, with a mixture of grassland and scrub and also contains a pond in which newts, frogs and other pondlife can be spotted.
Fen Drayton Lakes (RSPB) - All viewing screens have viewing slots at various heights; car access to one viewing screen (sign-posted) which has concrete standing and crushed limestone parking area; trails are level but grassy, can be difficult in wet weather.
Fowlmere (RSPB) - The car park has a hard level surface. Information boards are 50 m from the car park. Nature Trail - 50 m of compacted gravel path from the car park to the information boards and toilets; 200 m of compacted gravel path from toilets to Drewer Hide (wheelchair accessible); 600 m of boardwalk and compacted gravel path from toilets to Spring Hide (wheelchair accessible with difficulty); further 200 m of rough stone path to Reedbed Hide (accessible up 12 steps). Further paths are rough stone and compacted earth; can be muddy and slippery in wet weather.
Holt Island Nature Reserve (St Ives) - There is very limited parking near to the island but this is not dedicated disabled parking. The island has a circular boardwalk with a short section of a solid grid and two shallow slopes, so it is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs in all weathers. The edges of the boardwalk may become slippery when wet - also ssArchive PDF download
Local Nature Reserves (LNR’s) in Cambridge - List and map - details of accessibility for each site
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve - Access to the Visitors' Centre is via a ramp, with handrail, and there is a toilet with wheelchair facilities. The Heronry Trail is mostly wide and hard-surfaced. Wheelchairs can access the kissing gates using a RADAR key. The path around the Hayling Pit can also be used by wheelchairs. Two parking bays are reserved for registered disabled drivers. An electric ‘buggy’ is available from the Visitors' Centre, please ask the volunteer warden on duty (you will be asked to leave your car keys as a deposit)
Ring's End LNR - Open access along surfaced and grass paths all year round. The main access is via the reserve car park (with disabled parking bay), which is situated on the Twenty Foot Road.
Somersham LNR - The concrete path around the lake is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The other paths on the site are varied and can become wet and muddy in the winter.
Upwood Meadows NNR - There is a gate to the site from the car park allowing some wheelchair access in fine weather.
Wicken Fen NNR (NT) - (Charges) - ¾ mile level boardwalk route, 2 wheelchairs available for loan
The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre - (not a visitor centre) "Please be aware paths can be muddy and uneven, however there are lots of benches and no gates or stiles around the reserve. All-terrain wheelchairs, which are free to hire, can be used around this site"
Other Useful Links
Accessible Cambridge - provides disability access information for leisure and entertainment facilities in Cambridge and the surrounding area.
Accessible Peterborough - General visitor information, Shopmobility, parking, toilets etc.
Cambridge Disabled Kids Swimming Club (CDKSC) - aims to provide swimming opportunities for disabled children and young people up to 19 years of age. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive, with all family members welcome.
Cambridge Dyslexia Exhibition - We welcome families, individuals, parents, teachers, or anyone with an interest in finding out more about Dyslexia. We also welcome anyone supporting a Dyslexic member of staff in their workplace or organisation.
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire - supports family carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. We also offer flexible, professional care services to adults and children with a range of disabilities and health conditions
Disability Cambridgeshire - Disability Cambridgeshire is an advice and information service for disabled people and/or older people and their carers.
Disability Huntingdonshire - provides information and advice for disabled people and carers, including parents of children with disabilities or special needs, living in Huntingdonshire
Inspire Peterborough - A Dial Peterborough project that promotes sports and leisure activities to disabled people of all ages. Mayors charity for Peterborough 2013/14
Manderson Trust for the Disabled - The Manderson Trust is dedicated to provide free fishing facilities, with easy access, for disabled people and fishing at reasonable rates for non-disabled.
Pinpoint - an independent information, support and involvement network for parents in Cambridgeshire.
Public Toilets in Cambridge - Some of the accessible toilets require a Radar key - details of accessible / changing - opening times etc
Visit Ely - Accessibility - General visitor information, Shopmobility, parking, toilets etc.
tourist.me.uk/cambridgeshire - a tourist info site for Cambridgeshire which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions