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North West England

This page will cover Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside

These are general websites which have details of some accessible places or walks that may or may not be listed on our County pages.

Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR (Sefton) - Hard surfaced tracks - Three major trails pass through or near the reserve: the TransPennine Trail, the Cheshire Lines Path, the Sefton Coastal Footpath. There is also a local trail from Freshfield called Fisherman's Path that marks much of the reserve's southern boundary.

Brockholes Reserve (between Preston and Blackburn)- an old quarry site transformed to nature reserve - visitor centre - accessible trail

Carlisle City Council's Parks - see the website for details

Cheshire East and Chester 'Walks for All' - PDF to download - with details of 10 accessible walks

Cheshire West and Chester 'Walks for All' - PDF (archive copy) - with details of 10 accessible walks

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

Forest of Bowland Tramper Trails - the Tramper is a specially designed four-wheel drive all-terrain electric buggy, which can be used off road and even on rough ground, mud and grass.

The Lake District National Park - Miles without Stiles - Details of 42 easy walks many wheelchair / pushchair accessible across the Lake District

Trans Pennine Trail - The Trans Pennine Trail is mapped and signed all the way, mainly traffic free and is surprisingly level considering the dramatic scenery along the way. Easy gradients and surfaced paths make many sections suitable for families, gentle exercise and people using wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Wresdale Wheels for All (Forest of Bowland) - Tramper trails around Scorton. The Scorton area is part of the Forest of Bowland AONB and it has fantastic views across Morecambe Bay and Lancaster - Tamper can be hired.

Other Useful Links

Disability Equality North West is a Disabled People's Organisation (DPO) that started in 1996. The organisation is run and controlled by disabled people. The main aim is to “further the human rights of disabled people across the North West” and we provide a number of user-led services to support disabled people and achieve this aim.

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

RDA North West - Riding for the Disabled North West. Established in 1976 we ride in the beautiful grounds of Crosby Hall in Little Crosby, Merseyside. We own our 6 horses and ponies and ride on several days during the week and on Saturday mornings.

Together Trust - The Together Trust provides a wide range of social care, special education, community support and consultancy services. We are also a registered domiciliary care agency for children and adults and are one of the largest voluntary providers of residential services from short-term emergency care to long-term placements in the UK.Our fostering service provides family placements across the North of England and the West Midlands.


Opening spring 2016 - Bendrigg Trust 'Aiming High' field - an accessible cycle track complete with adapted bikes and trikes for free community use. Also with accessible toilet, picnic benches, inclusive play equipment and wheelchair obstacle course - Old Hutton, Kendal


For tourist attractions information see

- many include brief accessibility information for visitor attractions, gardens, heritage and nature attractions


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