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Cornwall 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 Cornwall.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Argal Reservoir - has a two-mile walk around the lake passing through woods and meadows. The footpath has undergone recent improvements, vastly enhancing the accessibility

Bellever Forest/East Dart River Easy Going Walk - A short length of path meanders through the shady forest to link the car park with the East Dart River. It then continues along the riverbank, providing ideal picnic spots.

Bude Canal and Marshes - Green Flag Award, accessible tow path, fully accessible bird hide

Bude Canal and River Neet Valley Walk - This route offers users the option of three circular routes, each of differing lengths. All of the routes follow a level, surfaced (i.e. tarmac) path along the bank of the Bude Canal, before returning along the other side of the valley

Camel Trail - Although not a tarmac surface. it is mainly smooth, ideal for wheelchair users, pram and buggy pushers and people who have difficulty in walking on uneven surfaces.

Coronation Park and Boating Lake (Helston) The accessibility of the site has been greatly increased for wheelchair users and people with visual impairment.

Daymer Bay to Polzeath - Distance: 2.2km (approximately)

Discover Wistlandpound - Discover Wistlandpound is a partnership between Calvert Trust Exmoor, the Forestry Commission and South West Lakes Trust. One of our key goals is to provide people with disability with open access to Wistlandpound’s trails and visitor facilities. It has been carefully developed into a countryside site with wheelchair/pushchair accessible trails, activity equipment and sensory stimulating interpretation facilities. The Discovery Trail is a 2.5km (1.5 miles) loop and is a fully surfaced path. The Wheelyboat Trust the Outdoor + Active Centres have wheelyboats available for hire on the lake. The boat is ideal for less able groups, including wheelchair users, to go on the water. Sailability sessions for people with disabilities on Sundays from 15th May to 2 October at 11.30 to 12.30.

Goss Moor Multi-use Trail- This 7 mile (c. 12 km) circular trail winds its way around the little known expanse of Goss Moor. It is mostly flat and relatively easy - much of it off road - allowing disabled and novice walkers and cyclists easy and safe access to the moors

Gyllyngdune Gardens (Falmouth) Free entry & parking including disabled parking & ramp access - (restoration work in progress)

King George V Memorial Walk Hayle- Distance: 3km approximately.

Lady Vale Walk - This is a picturesque all ability route, so everyone should be able to enjoy it including those who visit with wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Looe - ACE understands that to the West of Looe the South West Coast Path is stile free for about ¾ of a mile, over fields, with good views.

Newquay accessibility info from Toby Abbs a local journalist - a number of articles and photos

North Cliffs - An easily accessed, 1 mile long (½ mile each way) walk giving excellent views of Cornwall’s rugged north coast

Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool Rough but level path, partly accessible, from Helston to adapted bird hide over Loe Pool approximately 2 miles. Level access to edge of beach at Gunwalloe, 150 yards. - Tramper hire available see this site

Penzance to Marazion - A 2 mile walk virtually level walk along the seawall on a surfaced path suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs

Porth Reservoir - has seen improvements to angling facilities and the surrounding environment along with interpretation boards and additional access paths including a nature trail

Porthgwarra and Gwenapp Head - An easy walk, suitable for mobility scooters and prams, along a track out to the lookout station situated on a spectacular headland. The return journey is along an uneven narrow path with steps.

Radford Lake - Approximately 4km/2.5m easy walking on surfaced paths suitable for wheelchairs.

St Clement to Tresillian Riverside Walk - A linear route which follows a level, unbound (natural stone) path along the banks of the Tresillian river. Best suited to off road wheelchairs and buggies. The route is level but stony and will be bumpy in places.

Trenance gardens and boating lake - Distance: 2km Terrain: Easy. Fitness level: Suitable for someone of poor fitness. Predominantly off-road

Tyrwhitt Trail - Short 700mtr easy going walk on old railway track bed.

Wheal Martyn, Cornwall's China Clay Country Park (Charges) Due to the historic nature of the site access to some parts of the site is limited. The new interactive gallery, shop and cafe are fully accessible and every effort has been made to make as many areas of the wider site as accessible as possible. - Please contact them for access / facilities details

Country Parks

Mount Edgcumbe country park (PDF) - The multi-use trail extends from the Lower Park gates at Cremyll along the park road (limited vehicle access), up the hard-surface woodland paths to reach the reinforced grass track which circles the Deer Park.

Siblyback Lake Country Park -explore the Multi-Use Trail (3.5 miles) around the perimeter of the lake and through woodland, with great views and good access to the water for fishing.

Stithians Lake Country Park - A wheelchair accessible Wheelyboat is available to hire at Stithians Lake for fly fishing or pleasure boating. The boat can carry a maximum or 8 passengers or 5 wheelchair passengers. also see this site

Tamar Lakes Country Park - A wheelchair accessible Wheelyboat is available to hire at Tamar Lake for pleasure boating. The boat can carry a maximum or 8 passengers or 5 wheelchair passengers. South West Lakes Trust have worked hard to achieve a level path around the entire lake. It is now possible for anyone on wheelchairs or mobility scooters to comfortably enjoy the stunning views and wildlife around the lake

Tehidy Country Park Walk - The first is a circular walk which follows a mainly level unbound surface around the historical estate of Tehidy Country Park taking in beech woodland and lakeside views. The longer walk would be more suitable for the more adventurous wheelchair user.

Wimbleball Lake Country Park - There are many miles of paths following the shorelines of lakes, meandering through woodland and onto open moorlandthere is a tramper for hire that offers the opportunity for people of all abilities to enjoy paths both to the dam and to Bessom Bridge at a very low cost.

Nature Reserves

Bodmin Beacon Local Nature Reserve - car park for about 20 cars. The car park is tarmaced and suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and for people with mobility difficulties, however please be aware the car park is situated on a slope. There is access onto the main field for wheelchairs through a RADAR locked gate.

Golitha Falls National Nature Reserve - On-site parking, easy-access track

Seaton Valley Nature Reserve - This is a very easy walk, ideal for those unused to walking, the elderly or disabled. It's about 2 miles there and back along a level, well paved walkway

Other Useful Links

Accessible Cornwall Attractions - PDF leaflet produced by Bodmin TIC (Upside-down so right click and rotate)

Accessible Cornwall Leisure - PDF leaflet produced by Bodmin TIC (Upside-down so right click and rotate)

Accessible Cornwall Other useful information - PDF leaflet produced by Bodmin TIC (Upside-down so right click and rotate)

Accessible Toilets in Cornwall - Disability Cornwall provide a listing on their website

Bude and Polperro Disabled info - general info, parking, toilets, viewing places, local wheelchair hire.

Bude Information for disabled Visitors - general info from the local TIC

Changing Places in Cornwall - PDF download of Changing places

Cornwall Disabled Association - A non-profit making organisation and therefore plan only to cover our costs (Transport / Holiday Caravans)

Cornwall Blind Association - Help improve the lives of the visually impaired in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Rolling Ramblers - If you like being outdoors, and perhaps have been a rambler in the past but now need to use a wheelchair or mobility scooter, CRR organises rambles from April-October

Disability Cornwall - is a user led, disabled peoples' organisation. We provide a range of services to empower, assist and facilitate independent living and when necessary, act as a representative voice for disabled people, their families and carers

Fowey Local info - General indo from the local TIC

Falmouth Access Info - General visitor information, Shopmobility, parking, toilets etc.

Padstow Local info - General accessibility info from the local TIC

South West Cornwall RDA - Riding for the Disabled Association

North Cornwall RDA - Riding for the Disabled Association

Truro Disabled Visitors info - General accessibility info from the local TIC

Newquay-shopmobility - Scooters and wheelchairs are available all year 7 days a week from the Newquay TIC for daily, weekly or longer hire. Scooters and wheelchairs can also be ordered in advance of your stay for delivery to your accommodation.

Sport

Celtic Storm PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Truro Leisure Centre

Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Team - a wheelchair basketball club based in Cornwall

Disability Sport - Cornwall Sports Partnership - delivering an inclusive programme for all young people and adults with a disability

Disability Sport - Get Active Cornwall - Sporting activities for people with disabilities including physical and intellectual disabilities.

tourist.me.uk provides listings of Cornwall heritage, nature and general visitor attractions many with accessibility info