With lockdown restrictions very gradually being lifted in both Wales and England, there is no better time to decide where your first post-lockdown day trips are going to be. Whether you like to ride by the sea, have a picnic in the park or spend some time in nature, we’ve rounded up the best beauty spots and accessible outdoor areas around our showroom locations.
All of these lovely walks and parks are accessible to wheelchairs and scooters, and are free to the public!
If you live near our Haverfordwest or Swansea branch, you probably already know that there is an abundance of countryside, award-winning beaches and green spaces that have been made accessible for all. Here our some of our top picks:
St David’s Airfield
St David’s Airfield was used in World War 11 as the scene of constant activity engaging in the Battle of the Atlantic. The National Park Authority now owns most of the disused airfield and has restored and recreated wildlife habitats throughout. There is a level walk through the centre of the airfield which is surfaced throughout – perfect for a Sunday afternoon walk with the family. For more information including a map of the walk and directions, click here.
St Ishmaels to Great Castle Head
For those who prefer the sea, St Ishmaels to Great Castle Head allows magnificent views over Milford Haven waterway. Pack a picnic and head up the tarmac path which is level and surfaced to the viewpoint to enjoy the peaceful scenery. Head here for directions and more info.
Broad Haven North
Broad Haven North beach is another popular spot featuring sand, pebbles and rocky areas. The beach is easy to access; the village and beach is rather flat and you can access the beach via the promenade or ramp area. There is also a number of benches on the promenade if you prefer to sit back and enjoy the view rather than go down to the sand. For more information, click here.
Craig-Y-Nos Country Park
A 40-acre country park forming part of the historic grounds of the Victorian Craig-y-nos castle offers a fun day out for all ages. Easy to follow paths will take you on a gentle stroll past towering beech trees and flowing rivers. Flat paths, flat spaces and disabled parking make it easy access for those who need it. Visit here.
If you live further South, near our Cardiff and Penarth showrooms, there are still plenty of beautiful spots to spend your day at.
Forest Farm Country Park
If you are itching to get out and see some wildlife, Forest Farm Country Park is the place to go! Most of the Forest Farm routes are accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility limitations – including the bird hides! The nature reserve is mostly flat, and have a reasonable surface, like tarmac, stone chippings or hard-packed earth. Visit here for more detailed info.
Comeston Lakes Country Park
Comeston Lakes is another beautiful spot if you live near the Penarth area. It is a haven for local wildlife, and has a range of facilities like free parking, toilets, a café and conservation areas. The park even hosts a range of activities, making it a great day trip for all of the family! Whilst the paths are mostly flat, with tarmac, wooden walkways and gravel, it is ideal for wheelchair and scooter users. Visit here for more including directions and a map.
Roath Park Lake
In the heart of Cardiff, Roath Park Lake is a historic park that features a botanical garden and bowling green. There are miles of wheelchair accessible pathways around the lake, so you can watch the boats and wildlife go by. Whilst there are some inclines around the botanical garden area, a powered wheelchair solution should be able to tackle this. Don’t forget to grab an ice cream from the café. Visit an in-depth analysis of its accessibility here.
If you are in the Midlands area, why not try out Cannon Hill Park as recommended by our staff! For other Midlands spots, why not give your local team a call to hear their advice.
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Located near Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Cannon Hill Park hosts indoor and outdoor fun for all ages, including tea rooms, a land train and a nature centre. Cannon Hill has been made as accessible as possible for visitors with disabled parking, disabled toilets and ramps or accessible lifts inside buildings. To find an interactive map of the park, click here.
Our staff have a range of knowledge about accessibility in your local area – if you need any help, advice, or recommendations, just give your local team a call!
We do also offer short term hire on many of our products. If you are looking to head for a day out but need a little helping hand, our wheelchair hire starts at just £5 per day, and can make all the difference to your trip. Give us a call on 0333 200 1337 to book or head here to learn more about our hire services.