Warwickshire 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 Warwickshire plus details of disabled sport, support, carers and family organisations in the county.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Access Rugby - Guide for visitors with disabilities - A guide illustrating surveyed facilities for people with disabilities whilst visiting in rugby. The guide is available in full, which may take a while to download, or in individual sections. Produced by Rugby Borough Council Building Control with assistance from Rugby Disability Forum.
Accessible Warwick - general info from www.visitwarwick.co.uk including parking, toilets and local accessible attractions.
Caldecott Park (Rugby) - Green Flag Award - (ACE note - thought to be accessible but could find no published accessibility info)
Countryside For All (Warwickshire) - The Countryside Recreation Team has produced a book of easy-going walks around Warwickshire (charge)
Coventry Canal Public Art Trail - Follow a magnificent series of sculptures along the last 5.5 miles of the Coventry Canal, from the city centre to the bustling boating settlement of Hawkesbury Junction.
Draycote Water - Draycote Water's level track around the reservoir means excellent access for the less able with a smooth surfaced path that is suitable for pushchair and wheelchair access
Earlswood Lakes - Engine House Pool has good paths suitable for wheelchair access or pushchair. Terry's Pool is a nature reserve: the path on the south side is good and suitable for wheelchairs, but part of the north side footpath gets very muddy in wet weather.
Ilmington - Easy 1.2km village walk on hard surface with a very gentle slope. Suitable for all wheels.
Jephson Gardens (Leamington Spa) - Green Flag Award - Wheelchairs and pushchairs – all areas accessible. Sensory garden, disabled toilets and baby change.
Kenilworth Castle Millennium Trail - 1.5 mile walk around some of the most stunning and histroic Kenilworth countryside, passing Kenilwoth Castle, The Pleasaunce (earth works for King Henry V pleasure house) and ancient lanes. This walks offers interest for everyone and has easy access for all users including RADAR gates.
Kingsbury Water Park - Kingsbury Water Park has 15 lakes situated in over 600 acres of country park. accessible to less able visitors and to those with mobility problems. Mobility scooters are available to loan (free of charge) at the Visitor Centre.
Milcote Circular Walk (stile free) - A 3.5 mile, waymarked circular riverside walk in the Warwickshire countryside. Starting at Milcote Picnic Site and Car Park, the route follows generally level ground walking along a river flood plain and disused railway line.
Newbold Quarry Park (Rugby) - the site has seen the design and construction of a fishing pier to allow physically disabled people to reach the waters edge safely and a disabled-user toilet and car park has also been provided.
Shustoke Reservoir - At Shustoke, there is a large free car park with designated disabled parking spaces. There are toilets next to the car park with baby changing and disabled facilities.
Stratford Greenway - high quality surfaced path suitable for cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users. Disabled access via 'radar' padlocked gates.
Train and Trek (stile free) - Train and Trek is a 7 mile stile free circular walk that starts from Lapworth train station, Warwickshire, linking two superb national trust properties and taking in some of England's finest countryside.
Victoria Park (Leamington Spa) - Wheelchairs and pushchairs – all areas accessible
Walks from Long Compton - of 5 walks, which vary from 2 to 3.4 miles, the shortest is stile free and has some steep gradients.
Coombe Country Park - Accessibility: Our pathways and Visitor Centre are accessible for everyone. Manual wheelchairs can be hired for a £5 returnable deposit.
Hartshill Hayes Country Parks - Disabled access via RADAR padlocked gates. Wooded sections likely to be muddy with some exposed tree roots and standing water. Gradients steep in places ranging from 1:4 - 1:10 and cross slopes of >1:45. We would recommend you are accompanied on your visit to this site.
Pooley Country Park - Mobility scooters are available for a small charge - please book in advance.
Ryton Pools Country Park - The excellent surfaced paths enable easy walking around the site, and provide access to an adjoining ancient woodland, with mobility problems. Mobility scooters are available to loan for a small charge at the Visitor Centre. Jo’s Sensory and Wildlife Garden is designed to showcase two exciting approaches to gardening. Twinned with the garden is our Sensory Trail.
Ashlawn Cutting LNR - Open access, disabled access from Ashlawn Road Bridge
Brandon Marsh WWT Reserve - (charges) Well surfaced paths, relatively flat, wheelchair friendly. Streches prone to flood in winter.
Pooley Fields WWT Reserve - Flat, wheelchair access adjacent to canal, kissing gates, muddy in winter
Swift Valley LNR - Relatively flat, access via kissing gate, soft patches
Wappenbury Wood WWT Reserve- Excellent wheelchair and buggy access for all paths, some paths along ridges get very wet and muddy
Other Useful Links
Carers Support Service - CSS is now an established provider of support to adult carers in South Warwickshire and young carers across the whole of Warwickshire. CSS aims to enrich carers’ lives, promote their well being, promote carers' rights, raise the profile of carers and carer issues, and ensure that carers have a voice and are heard by decision makers.
Canal Boat Hire - wih wheelchair access on the Oxford Canal ('Beatrice') - Hillmorton Marina on the North Oxford Canal just south of Rugby
Coventry Carers Centre - Supporting carers in Coventry
Market Hall Museum (Warwick) - Wheelchair access to ground floor with assistance. Unfortunately we do not have a lift to the first floor galleries, but visitors can get a taste of those galleries through our Virtual Tour facility. BSL signing is available by arrangement for events.
St John's House Museum (Warwick) - Wheelchair access to ground floor. Unfortunately we do not have a lift to the Regimental Museum on the first floor, but visitors can get a taste of those galleries through our Virtual Tour facility. BSL signing is available by arrangement for events.
Stratford-on-Avon Disabled Visitor Info - General information for disabled visitors.
Warks Young Carers - Warwickshire Young Carers Project provides support, information, regular groups, courses and activities for young carers aged 6-25
Young Carers Coventry - Based at Coventry Carers' Centre Supporting young carers in Coventry
Crusaders Wheelchair Basketball Academy - The Crusaders Wheelchair Basketball Academy train and play all their home games at Woodlands Sports Academy, Broad Lane, Coventry.
Rugby Sport for the Disabled Association (RSDA) - RSDA exists to promote and provide sport and leisure for disabled people. We meet every Saturday morning at the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, Rugby, where we take part in a variety of sports in The Clem Griffiths Sports Hall and in the swimming pool.
Warwickshire Bears Wheelchair Basketball Academy - Our teams our made up of players of all skill levels. Some members have played for GB and some other players are just starting out. Our teams are chosen by skill level which we hope means that all players get court time each season.
www.tourist.me.uk/warwickshire - a tourist info site for Warwickshire and Coventry which includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions