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 Yorkshire plus details of disabled sport, support and carers organisations in the county.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Access for all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Archived PDF download - A guide to access opportunities for visitors who are less mobile, are wheelchair users or who have young children.
Walks for all in the North York Moors The walks we describe as 'easy access' are short, fairly level routes, suitable for wheelchairs, scooters capable of travelling over rough ground, trampers and robust pushchairs.
Anglers Country Park (Wakefield) - Green Flag Award - Pushchair and wheelchair friendly. Free car parking with disabled bays. Free loan of electric mobility scooters, Changing Places facility
Ardsley easy access 1.3 miles - This flat route, circling around the edge of Ardsley Reservoir, is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Aysgarth Falls - The National Park Centre café nearby is wheelchair accessible and can cater for specific dietary requirements. Level footpath runs through Freeholders’ Wood with great views of the Middle Falls. All gates are accessible and there are seating areas along the route download PDF from here
- also see Archive PDF download
Barlow Common Nature Reserve - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
also seeBarlow Common - There is a circular route. The route is approx 800m. The path surface consists of crushed stone.There are seats or resting places at regular intervals (100m) along the route.There are kissing gates on site which are located next to larger gates which can be opened for wheelchair and scooter users.
Beechwood Park (Holmfield) - There is a circular routes that is 1.2km long. The path is wide and generally smooth, but the tarmac is cracked in places. The path has passing places. There are no steep gradients. There are accessible picnic benches on site.
Bebra Gardens (Knaresborough) - Disabled access - Via the main entrance on Brewerton Street. The Gardens are built on quite a steep slope that may cause difficulties for wheelchair users or the elderly. There are disabled toilets in the Castle Yard.
Blackmoorfoot easy access - The path is flat and easy, the only gradients are a short ramp at the entrance at point 3 and on the public highway at Back Lane between points 5 and 6. The route is 1.3 miles long - also see Archive PDF download
Clarence gardens (York) - There is easy access with level pathways.
Conyngham Hall Grounds (Knaresborough) - Disabled access - The main entrance is accessible. It is worth noting that entrance to the grounds is via a long gentle slope. Disabled toilets are located at the entrance to the car park
Cotter Force - This 490m level path alongside the beck is suitable for wheelchairs. The surface is constructed of compacted stone with a general width of 110cm -
download a PDF from here
- also see Archived PDF download
Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve Calderdale Council -
also see Cromwell Bottom - There are circular and linear routes. The circular route is 1.6km long. The linear route is 330m long. The path surface is generally smooth and consists of crushed stone. The path has passing places. There are no steep gradients or cambers. A RADAR key is required to open the kissing gates fully for easier access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Cumberland Trail - Bolton Abbey
also see Cumberland Trail (Bolton Abbey) Archived PDF download - 700 metres - The trail is a circular woodland nature trail with interpretation displays, bird hide, barn exhibition, and there are many resting places along the trail. Accessible Toile. Charge of Â £4.00 per car or Â£2.50 for disabled badge holders. Car parking available.
Dalby Forest (Pickering) - (Charges) - Easy access trails are available at Dalby (Dalby Beck), Staindale Lake and Bickely (Waitcliff Trail). The Friends of Dalby Forest have provided two electric buggies and two wheelchairs for use by visitors.
Dalby - The Moors National Park Centre - One electric scooter and one manual wheelchair available free of charge for use in the Centre and grounds. Baby changing facilities in disabled access toilet.
Damflask easy access - Situated near the charming village of Low Bradfield this long circular easy access route gives ample scope to enjoy long stretches of woodland and waterside.
also see Damflask Reservoir Wheelchair Walk - video
East Park (Hull) - Green Flag Award - inclusive cycling scheme in East Park provides opportunities for disabled children and young people to experience cycling. Wheelchairs and mobility vehicles will be available, free of charge, to those who have additional mobility needs.
Eccup easy access Archived PDF download - On the outskirts of Leeds, the route on this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) runs alongside part of Eccup Reservoir and across the dam.
Edlington Pit Wood - Disabled access route. Benches.
Esk Valley to Beck Hole - 3-mile level linear route that avoids the hills at the beginning and end of the full ‘Rail Trail’
Eureka! - National Children's Museum - fully accessible / facilities - hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire children aged 0 to 11 to learn about themselves and the world around them through play and discovery.
Firth Park (Sheffield) - Green Flag Award - has a sensory garden disabled toilets in the First Start Centre. Sadly unable to find any current info from the Council Website
Golden Acre Park (Bramhope) - The main circular route around the park and lake is well maintained and fairly flat, as are the demonstration gardens. Motorised scooters are available to hire for free from the Bakery Coffee House and must be pre-booked before 10am on the day of hire. Disabled toilets are available in café and in public toilet block next to café. The cafe is wheelchair accessible
Graves Park (Sheffield) - The public toilets adjacent to the cafe are fully accessible and have baby changing facilities, 87 hectares, it is the city's largest public park. No disabled access info found please contact the council.
Hambleton Drove Road Easy Access Walk from the National Trails website
also see Hambleton Drove Road Easy Access Walk (nr Kepwick) Archived PDF download - 1 mile along the escarpment of the Hambleton Hills please download the PDF for details
Hawes to the Wensleydale Creamery Archived PDF download - This 450m linear route follows the Pennine Way from the church in Hawes to the Wensleydale Creamery. The first 70m of the trail are cobbled with a gradient of 1:7.
Heritage Time Trail (Otley) - It is a fairly good surface suitable for mobility scooters and only has two steeply sloping sections.
Hull Road Park (York) - There is easy access with mostly level pathways.
Knapton Wold Easy Access Walk Archived PDF download - 2.2 miles circular walk
Knaresborough Castle - The main entrance is accessible and pathways run around the yard. Disabled toilets are located at the entrance to the castle site
Langsett easy access - Archived PDF download - Starting near the reservoir at Langsett Barn, this easy access route runs along the northern shore of Langsett reservoir. This is a short route with some steep sections but you can always take a breather at one of our viewing point along the way. The route is 0.5 miles long.
Langsett easy access 2 - Archived PDF download - Starting near the reservoir at Langsett Barn, this two-way easy access route runs along good hard surfaced woodland tracks. The trail is suitable for most users as there are no steep inclines and there are benches on route with stunning views. The route is 2.5 miles long.
Londesborough Park Easy Access Walk Archived PDF download - 1.5 miles through the parkland of the Londesborough Estate
Manor Fields Park (Sheffield) - 4km of accessible footpaths - The site has over 4km of tarmac footpaths- no other accessibility info found.
Norfolk Heritage Park (Sheffield) - Green Flag Award - The Centre in the Park is a purpose-built, community building and has a range of facilities including fully accessible toilets, level-floor access and Braille signage.
North Duffield Carrs (York) - 595 metres - The trail takes you alongside North Duffield Carrs which is part of the Lower Derwent Valley NNR. No accessible toilets. No admission charge. Car parking available.
North York Moors National Park Authority Accessible trails - The North York Moors National Park Authority has developed eight fully accessible routes for heavy duty wheelchairs and pushchairs through woodland, along riversides, by lakes, overlooking the Heritage Coast, through the heart of the moorland and around an important archaeological site.
Oakwell Hall Gardens and Park (Kirklees) - Every effort has been made to allow easier access to the Formal Gardens and the Park, access for mobility scooter users and wheelchair users is possible to the gardens via ramps. Access to the wider Park and areas surrounding the Gardens is possible, with low gradient routes without steps also see this site
Ogden easy access Archives PDF download - This level route runs around the edges of Ogden Reservoir, taking you near the plantation intriguingly named Spice Cake Hills and passing over the Ogden and Skirden Clough streams, the main feeders for the reservoir. The route is 1.2 miles long.
Ogden Water - The easy access route is circular. The route is 2km long. The path surface is generally smooth and consists of crushed stone. The path has passing places. There are no steep gradients or cambers. There are seats or resting places at regular intervals (100m) along the easy access route. also see this site
Pannett Park Art Gallery & Whitby Museum (Whitby) - Accessible - Full accessibility details set out on the website
Peasholm Park Gardens at Peasholm Park (Scarborough) - Accessible disabled toilets - no accessibility other details found
Ravenscar Easy Access Walk - Archived PDF download - 1.5 miles - gives views over the sheer cliffs - please download the PDF for details
Ripon Accessible Wheel Friendly Canal Walk - this one is from our friends at The Outdoor Guide- just over a mile
Robin Hoods Bay Easy Access Walk - Archived PDF download - 0.75 miles (short wallk) - views over the village - please download the PDF for details
Rosedale Mineral Railway - 1-mile route - The track you follow also forms part of the valley’s industrial heritage
Roundhay Park (Leeds) - Roundhay Park and Tropical World are accessible to wheelchair users
Rowntree Park (York) - Green Flag Award - There is easy access with mostly level paths
Runswick Bay Easy Access Walk - Archived PDF download - 2 miles (there and back) - views over Runswick Bay and Port Mulgrave - please download the PDF for details
Saltburn Valley Gardens Easy Access Walk - Archived PDF download - 2 miles circular walk - please download the PDF for details
Sandall Beat Wood - Includes Covill's Trail, a 2 kilometre way-marked circular path, provides a hard, level surface that is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
Sandall Park (Doncaster) - There are three marked disabled parking bays in the main car park – one next to the toilets and two next to the picnic area. The picnic area has tarmac paths that lead to picnic benches that have extended ends to assist wheelchair users
Scar House easy access - Archived PDF download - Using our private tarmac access road the gradient from Scar House Reservoir is only gradual. The route is 3.7 miles long.
Settrington Brow Easy Access Walk Archived PDF download - 1.25 miles
Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind (Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind) - Accessible - These special sensory gardens are filled with strongly scented, fragrant plants and flowers in raised beds, which are particularly appreciated by the blind.
South Cliff Italian Gardens (Scarborough) - Accessible - disabled toilets - no accessibility other details found
Spa Gardens (Ripon) - Green Flag Award - The main entrance is accessible by the disabled and there are disabled toilets within the Gardens.
Sutton Bank Easy Access Walks - 1.5 - 2.5 miles - views over the Vale of York - please download the PDF for details
Sutton Bank National Park Centre - One electric scooter, one electric wheelchair and one manual wheelchair are available free of charge for use in the Centre and grounds. Baby changing facilities are also located in the RADAR-accessible (disabled) toilet.
Swaledale and Arkengarthdale - Archived PDF download - Access for all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park PDF download - for visitors who are less mobile, are wheelchair users or have young children.
Swinsty easy access - Archived PDF download - This easy access route around Swinsty Reservoir nestles in the stunning Washburn Valley and provides breathtaking views across the water and the surrounding landscape, especially from the embankment. The route is 3 miles long.
also see Swinsty Reservoir wheelchair walk vidio
Temple Newsam Estate (Leeds) - (Charges) - The gardens and woodlands are fully accessible. Home Farm is uneven and cobbled but has some trails with cobbles filled in and most displays are accessible to wheelchair users. Electric scooters and wheelchairs available.
The Recreation Ground (Pateley Bridge) - Disabled access is via the main entrance, which is over the bridge at the bottom of the High Street. Disabled toilets are nearby.
The Stray (Harrogate) - Pathways suitable for wheelchairs run across all major sections of the Stray
Thornes Park (Wakefield) - Disabled access, disabled toilets - no other details found
Treasurer's House Garden (NT) (York) - The gardens are accessible to wheelchairs and admission is free.
Upton Park (Wakefield) - There is a circular route around the fishing lake. The route is approx 200m. The path surface is generally smooth and consists of crushed stone. There are no steep gradients.
Valley Gardens (Harrogate) - Most footpaths in the Gardens are suitable for the majority of manual and electric wheelchair users and there are disabled toilets.
Walking the Riding Website - The site has a search facility identifying easy walks suitable for wheelchairs and buggies
Welton Easy Access Walk - Archived PDF download - short circular walk - 3 miles
Wensleydale - Archived PDF download - Access for all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park - for visitors who are less mobile, are wheelchair users or have young children.
West Bank Park (York) - Green Flag Award - There is easy access except stepped rose garden and woodland path.
Wharfedale - Archived PDF download - Access for all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park - for visitors who are less mobile, are wheelchair users or have young children.
Winscar easy access - Archived PDF download - This easy access route is on a linear track between two car parks, one at Broad Hill and another at Windleden Lane Dunford Bridge. The tarmac and concrete surface crosses Winscar Dam and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Yorkshire Dales - Disability Access Info - Local info for disabled visitors
Yorkshire Dales N P - Access for All Publications - Archived PDF download
Yorkshire Dales N P - Accessible public toilets - Details of Accessible Toilets within the National Park
Yorkshire Dales N P - Miles without stiles - This has an interactive map of footpaths and a grading system.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (West Bretton) - Sculpture Trail Zone - Access paths for wheelchairs and prams. Country Park Zone - Disabled access path. Hillside Zone - Roadway / path (disabled access) / slopes / pond
Yorkshire Water -Reservoir Walks download 6 walks - 2 easy access
Campsall Country Park - The once private pleasure gardens of Campsall Hall are now accessible to everyone for enjoyment and recreation.
Frickley Country Park (South Elmsall) - Disabled access is generally good; however some of the slopes of the former tip are steep due to the lay of the land.
Humber Bridge Country Park (Hull) - the Hessle Foreshore entrance is accessible on a flat, level step-free path, through a wide kissing gate suitable for the majority wheelchairs and modern scooters. All the trails start from this location. A hard, firm and smooth path surface is provided throughout the reserve, which is always wide enough to allow people to walk side by side. There are rest areas, such as seats or perches provided every 100 metres along the paths, and the picnic areas are designed to accommodate visitors using wheelchairs. The maximum steepness of the paths is 1:12, apart one path on the cliff trail in the southwest corner of the reserve where there is a 1:5 slope for 10m.
Killinghall Moor Country Park (Harrogate) - Disabled access - Via the main entrance off Barberry Close. Much of the site can be enjoyed from the main footpaths
Pugneys Country Park (Wakefield) - Disabled access, disabled toilets - no other details found
Rabbit Ings Country Park - The extensive network of paths is designed to be used by walkers, cyclists and those with wheelchairs, pushchairs and buggies.
St Ives Estate Country Park (Harden) - The path around Coppice Pond is wheelchair accessible, but the rest of the woodland paths can be steep and muddy.
Thrybergh Country Park (Rotherham) - "Good access for people with physical disabilities" . . "modern visitors' centre, complete with full disabled access."
Ulley Country Park (Rotherham) - Good access for people with physical disabilities - The 19 hectares park, complete with over 12 hectares of water, is the perfect place to take a stroll, jog or walk your dog and has a flourishing environment just waiting to be explored
Other Useful Links
Burton Street Foundation - specialise in supporting adults and older children with learning and physical difficulties, but we have a great deal more to offer.
Carers Leeds - "Carers Leeds is part of the Princess Royal Trust Network of Carers Centres.We work in partnership with carers, our funders and partnership organisations including 108 GP practices across Leeds to provide support to unpaid carers"
DIAL Doncaster - "We aim to provide an easily accessible Information and Advisory Service for people who live in the Doncaster area".
Disability Action Yorkshire - All of our services are influenced by what disabled people tell us they need and want to achieve their desired outcomes
DICE a non-for-profit social enterprise based in Yorkshire that provides activities, events and services for people with a disability, predominantly adults aged 18 and above.
Doncaster Partnership for Carers - Our service is open to all carers, former carers and professionals working with carers
Experience Community - a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that provides films and information about walks and other leisure activities for disabled people and the wider community "We are based in Huddersfield and organise walks across Kirklees and in neighbouring authorities for people with disabilities - all our walks are accessible for wheelchairs"
Helen's Trust - Helping incurably ill people stay in their own home - North Derbyshire and Sheffield
Little Hiccups - a support group based in Leeds, for familes that have children with a disability or special needs.
Open Country - a Harrogate-based organisation that seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the countryside.
Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource - provides support and information to unpaid carers throughout Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.
Sheffield Accessible Toilets - Public toilets and 'Changing Places' in Sheffield
Sheffield Young Carers - an independent charity that has existed in Sheffield since 1997 - dedicated to supporting young carers across the city.
South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living (SYCIL) - a user led organisation, run and controlled by disabled people.
Special Stars Foundation - offer fun, inclusive activities and trips for disabled children and their families, with the aim of reducing social isolation - Hull and East Yorkshire
Spectrum Active a Not for Profit Organisation who run training centres and other activities for adults with learning disabilities and other support needs - Sheffield
The Ethel Trust Community Barge - is a registered charity providing boating trips to community groups. The 'trust' is staffed mainly by volunteers and was established in1988
Whitby and District Disablement Action Group - Wheelchair and scooter hire - We have three Landeez All-Terrain/ Beach Wheelchairs suitable for adults and children for use in the countryside, or on the beach at Whitby Foreshore and in shallow water.
The Wilf Ward Family Trust - provides a range of social care services for all vunerable groups - Yorkshire and Humberside
York Carers Centre - is an independent body that helps unpaid carers in York find the support they need.
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Accessible public toilets - Most of the accessible toilets require RADAR Keys.
Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure - the local organisation and charity responsible for the delivery of disability sport within the Bradford Metropolitan District.
Disability Sport Yorkshire - formerly The Federation of Disability Sports Organisations (FDSO), provide sport and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Electric Eels PFC - Hull & East Riding's very own Powerchair Football Club ! For kids and adults of all abilities - get in touch if you fancy becoming the next Messi on wheels !
Leeds Disability Sport - info on local disability sport, clubs and events
Leeds PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Temple Moor High School
Leeds Spiders Wheelchair Basketball Club - Primrose lane, Halton, Leeds.
Leeds City AC Wheelchair Racing Group - Train at John Charles Centre for Sport on a Thursday, catering for all abilities - Twitter @LeedsCityWCR (no website found) and Leeds Wheelchair Racing - Facebook
Marauder Wheelchair Rugby Club - Spinal Injuries Unit Sports Hall, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
Scaling Dam Sailing Club - Sailing for children and adults with disabilities
Sheffield Smashers Boccia Club - Venue - Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club - The Club trains at their multi-sport training venue in the Spinal Injuries Unit at Northern General Hospital
Yorkshire PFC - powerchair football - Training Venue: Featherstone College Sports Complex (no website)
York WBC - Wheelchair Basketball runs 6.30 - 8pm on Thursday at Joseph Rowntree School.
For tourist attractions information (most with accessibility info) see tourist.me.uk/yorkshire
- includes some brief disabled access details for visitor, heritage and nature attractions