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Cumbria 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 Cumbria.

Walks Greenspaces and Countryside

Aira Force (Ullswater) - An audio trail on cassette is available from the National Trust information vehicle for those with impaired vision, together with a 'talking postcard'. Wheelchair and pram access to Aira Beck is possible. - see also NT

Armboth and Station Coppice - For all. Two short routes with excellent views of Thirlmere Reservoir - 0.25 km and 0.25 km or 0.2 miles

Appleby Riverside - The wheelchair-suitable route follows the inside of the river loop within Appleby. The surface is tarmac and is 1.5 metres wide but narrows to 90cm past the swimming pool—there are occasional potholes and uneven surfaces which are easily avoided - also see Archive PDF download

Blea Tarn - This path provides a real upland experience and amazing views of the Langdale Pikes - 1.5 km or 0.9 miles for all - also see Archive PDF download

Barrow Park (Barrow-In-Furness) - 45 acres, "All areas of the Park are accessible by people with disabilities"

Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre - "There is a path from the car park which takes you down to the lake and lower areas of the gardens. This is suitable for wheelchair users"

Brothers Water - 2.3 miles - This level route takes you along the wooded shoreline of Brothers Water, past Hartsop Hall, to the campsite at Sykeside - OS Explorer Map OL5 - also see Archive PDF download

Bowness to Cockshott Point - This is a pleasant circular route around the busy waterfront area of Bowness and the quieter shoreline around Cockshott Point - also see Archive PDF download

Broughton Railway - For all. An easy walk along a disused railway line to Woodland valley, a peaceful and delightful corner of the Lake District - OS Explorer Map OL6. -Distance: 4.5 km or 2.8 miles - also see Archive PDF download

Buttermere Lakeshore - For all / for many / for some. Varying lengths of walks, depending on levels of ability. They all have one thing in common - the beauty of Buttermere. Accessible toilets, refreshments and pubs at Buttermere - also see Archive PDF download

Calder Bridge - For all. A tranquil, riverside walk next to the stunning ruins of Calder Abbey, described as one of Britain’s most enchanting ecclesiastic relics. 2 km or 1.2 miles - Small informal car park near the church at Calder Bridge - also see Archive PDF download

Carlisle City Council's Parks - indicates which have disabled access

Coniston to Torver Jetty - A lengthy walk along the shoreline of Coniston Water, with the option of returning on the Coniston Launches from Torver jetty - OS Explorer Map OL6.-Distance: 7 km or 4.3 miles, 3.5 km or 2.2 miles if you catch the boat - also see Archive PDF download

Cow Green Reservoir - There is a wheelchair accessible route, which is marked from the car park. As the area is high up (500 m/1650 feet above sea level), the weather may change suddenly and can be chilly even on a fine day.

Cumbria County Council - Access for All - 4 access for all routes outside the national park

Dalegarth to St Catherine's Church, Eskdale - This short walk links the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway to Boot, with a resting place by the River Esk. 2 km or 1.2 miles - car parking, toilets and café at Dalegarth station - also see Archive PDF download

Derwentwater Lakeshore - For all. This is a beautiful woodland walk along the western shore of Derwentwater - 8 km or 5 miles - also see Archive PDF download

Dubwath Silver Meadows and Ouse Bridge - For all. This newly created route is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Bassenthwaite Reflections’ programme and is partly made up of recycled plastic boardwalk - 2.5 km or 1.6 miles circuit - also see Archive PDF download

Five Gentle Walks Round Dalton - Walking for all - 5 short walks - also see Archive PDF download

Friar's Crag - For all / for many. A beautiful and varied walk to a stunning viewpoint - 4 km or 2.4 miles for all - also see Archive PDF download

Grasmere Riverside - A delightful path takes you along the River Rothay and away from the busy streets of this popular village. 1.75 km or 1.1 mile circuit, disabled parking spaces and toilets - also see Archive PDF download

Grizedale Forest Park - different trails + sculptures scattered over the forest - also see Ridding Wood Trail (accessible)

Hadrian's Wall Path - (ACE note - see the gradient profile for accessible sections) The Trail, with links to over 80 short walks, is suitable for people of all ages with opportunities for less abled access to many stretches of the Wall.

Kentmere - Route type: For all / for some. A linear walk up one of eastern Lakeland’s most beautiful valleys - OS Explorer Map OL7. - Distance: 3.75 km or 2.3 miles for all, 8.5 km or 5.3 miles for some - also see Archive PDF download

Keswick Railway Path - For all / for some. A stunning walk through the River Greta gorge - 10 km or 6.2 miles maximum to Threlkeld and back - also see Archive PDF download

Longlands Lake - The circular walk provides safe and enjoyable access all year round for walkers, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs and young children. General information in relation to this route is outlined below and within the downloadable description. This will help users make an informed choice as to whether they feel it is within their physical capabilities (please click on the link below to view a download description and map of the route) - also see Archive PDF download

Loweswater - For all / for some. This is a lovely level walk in one of the quieter corners of the Lake District - 1.75 km or 1.1 miles for all - also see Archive PDF download

Miltonrigg Woods - The site contains some gradients up to 1:8 as you leave and return to the car park. Once these have been overcome a crushed stone surface provides a pleasant circular route through the woodland which changes in appearance through the seasons - also see Archive PDF download

Mirehouse to St Bega's Church - For all. This route takes you past historic Mirehouse and on to ancient St. Bega’s Church - 2.5 km or 1.6 miles - also see Archive PDF download

Monk Coniston - Route type: For all / for some. This short route takes you from Coniston village to the lakeshore at Monk Coniston OS Explorer Map OL7. - Distance: 3.5 km or 2.3 miles for all, 1.5 km or 0.9 miles for some - also see Archive PDF download

Pooley Bridge to Eusmere - A short and level path along the shore of Ullswater. Wheelchair and pushchair users will find the wide, newly surfaced route easy to negotiate - also see Archive PDF download

Revelin Moss Trail (Whinlatter) - The trail follows the quiet activity of Grisedale Gill, through mature conifers and areas of silver birch regeneration. The route returns via a bridge over the Gill and there are numerous resting places on route - also see Archive PDF download

Tarn Hows - This is a beautiful circular walk around the picturesque location. There is also a short linear walk above the tarns. - There is another shorter walk for wheelchair users. Park in the disabled parking area and follow the good track for 400 metres to a bench and viewpoint - There is a tramper for hire at the site and Archive PDF download

The Bowderstone - For all. An undulating short route with short steeper sections but suitable for wheelchair users. Just under 1 km or 0.5 miles - also see Archive PDF download

The Howk, Caldbeck - For all. This is a short walk from the picturesque village centre to the old bobbin mill and the Howk limestone gorge - 1 km or 0.6 miles - also see Archive PDF download

The Lake District National Park - Miles without Stiles - Details of 47 easy wheelchair / pushchair accessible walks across the Lake District National Park

The Railway Path between Keswick and Threlkeld - former railway track, runs for four miles between Keswick and Threlkeld. The path is buggy friendly and suitable for wheelchairs accessing it from Keswick - also see Archive PDF download

Walls Drive (Ravenglass) - Route type: For all. Set in the beautiful western village of Ravenglass, this is a walk back in time to one of the tallest remaining Roman buildings in the country OS Explorer Map OL6. - Distance: 2.25 km or 1.4 miles - also see Archive PDF download

Westfield Trail - The Westfield Greenway is a linear route providing enjoyable access all year round for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs and young children. The trail has a good concrete surface along its full length and provides fine flora and fauna views as you follow the coastline - also see Archive PDF download

White Moss Common - This woodland and meadow walk gives access to the beautiful River Rothay. Follow the wide, smooth stone path out of the car park and cross a wooden footbridge. This brings you into a meadow area with two small benches close to the riverside - also see Archive PDF download

Windermere - Route type: For all. A tarmac road and stone track to the quiet west shore, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Bowness and Windermere - OS Explorer Map OL7.- Distance: 4 km, 2.4 miles - also see Archive PDF download

Yewdale Bridleway - Route type: For some. This undulating route goes under the rocky ramparts of Yewdale fell side, through Yewdale Woods and links with other Miles without Stiles routes (14, 16 and 17) - OS Explorer Map OL7. - Distance: 5 km or 3.1 miles


Country Parks

Talkin Tarn Country Park (Brampton) - The Tarn has a 1.3 mile circular path that is ideal for a gentle stroll. This path is hard surfaced and accessible to all - tearoom, small play area


Nature Reserves

Campfield Marsh (RSPB) Reserve (Wigton) - Visitors unable to walk or wheelchair the 800 m (0.5 mile) to the hide from the car park at North Plain may drive along the lane where there is room for two cars by the hide. The hide has a wheelchair access ramp and viewing bay.

Finglandrigg Woods NNR (Carlisle) - There is a network of marked paths, boardwalks, stiles and a footbridge at the site making the going relatively easy.

Harrington Nature Reserve (Workington) - The site is fully accessible to wheelchair users and there are a number of seating areas located around the reserve.

Hodbarrow (RSPB) Reserve - The main trail links the car park at Mainsgate Road with the sea wall and is a byway open to all traffic throughout its length, though the surface is rough for vehicular access. This provides a firm surface suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. It is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) from the car park to the hide along this route.

Siddick Ponds LNR (Workington) - The trail near the small pond is now suitable for wheelchair use and links with the main Cycleway footpath (Maryport to Workington)- also see Archive PDF download

South Walney Nature Reserve - (Walney Island, Barrow in Furness) - Main track from the car park to Pier Hide and the Lighthouse is reasonably level. A tramper is available for use by visitors but must be booked in advance. (can flood with high tides)

Watchtree Nature Reserve - situated on the Solway Plain with 205 acres with Woodland, Wetland and Meadow habitats, walks and cycle trails - also Watchtree Wheelers Cycle hire and training inc adapted cycles open Wednesday to Sunday


Other Useful Links

Carlisle Carers Association - provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout the city and the north east of Cumbria

Coniston Boating Centre have a Wheelyboat able to take 3 wheelchair users - Perfect for wheelchair anglers (charges)

Crossroads Care Cumbria - the premier provider of respite care in their area, have a specialist team devoted to children's needs

Cumbria Disability Network - aims to influence policy so that the planning and delivery of services for Cumbria and the North West considers the needs of disabled people in Cumbria and rural areas . . .

Cumbria Parent Carer Forum a constituted group of parents/carers/grandparents/foster carers in Cumbria who have children with disabilities and/or additional needs

Disability Association Carlisle & Eden - DaCE is an organisation of disabled people established in 1999 to provide services and support for other disabled people who live and work in the area of north Cumbria

Furness Carers - provide free and confidential information and support to carers of all ages on all issues related to the carning role.

Information for visiting Wheelchair User - Barrow Borough Council - general info for the area, shopping area, shopmobility, parks, etc.

Eden Carers - exists to provide information, support and a point of reference for Carers of any age who provide substantial and regular care on an unpaid basis (Penrith)

Low Farm Riding Centre - Riding for the Disabled sessions

Seaview Riding School - Seaview is an approved RDA centre

South Lakeland Carers - provide a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers of all ages throughout South Lakeland

West Cumbria Carers - Charity in West Cumbria supporting people who care for friends and family who could not manage without their support - Cockermouth


Freedom Wizard - Bassenthwaite - a charitable organisation enabling access to rugged Britain in All Terrain Wheelchairs



Active Cumbria - Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, is a network of local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity to help Cumbria get fitter and healthier. - (inc disability sport) Disability Sports Cumbria -

Cumbria wheelchair Sports Club - Formed at the end April 2010 we serve the whole of Cumbria and have members from as far afield as Barrow, Ambleside, Workington, Penrith and Appleby as well as Carlisle and surrounding area. We currently have around 30 members aged 6 – 60.


Activity Providers

The Bendrigg Trust - a residential activity centre specialising in high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people, of any age or ability - Old Hutton, Kendal

The Lake District Calvert Trust - a residential outdoor centre with over 35 years’ experience delivering challenging outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities

The Kepplewray Centre - a residential Outdoor Activity Centre providing outdoor activities to people of all ages, abilities and from all walks of life



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