Dorset

Dorset ~ 'Visit'

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Bournemouth : Beach Wheelchairs

Poole Harbour Accessible Boat Trips

Free boat trips for people of all ages with disabilities

www.thefriendsofdolphin.co.uk

Poole

Beach accessibility

Beach accessible wheelchairs

We have 5 beach accessible wheelchairs available for wheelchair users; 3 of them can be used in the sea.

We do not operate a booking service for the wheelchairs. These are on a first come, first served basis. They are available from Sandbanks, Shore Road and Branksome Chine beach offices 9.30am to 4.30pm, from May to September. You will have to pay a £50 cash deposit.

Sandbanks beach has Mobi-Mats to help wheelchair users move easily form the promenade onto the sand and closer to the sea. These are available between Easter and September.

Access to beaches

Accessibility information at Poole beaches:

Accessible toilets

There are disabled toilets at these beaches:

The toilets are accessible RADAR toilets which need a key to access. If you don't have one, apply for a RADAR key.

http://new.poole.gov.uk/sports-and-leisure/beaches/visitor-information/beach-accessibility/

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Monkey World

Longthorns, Wareham BH20 6HH

All of Monkey World is accessible for our disabled visitors except for the Woodland Walk, due to the uneven ground. The only primate enclosure along the Woodland Walk is one marmoset house. In a few places around the park there are some uneven surfaces and short areas on steep cambers which may be difficult to negotiate for manual wheelchair users. We have a fleet of motorised scooters which are perfect for negotiating these areas, and can be booked in advance.

If you have queries or questions prior to your visit, please contact us at 01929 462537 or by emailing apes@monkeyworld.org.

www.monkeyworld.org

Brownsea Island

  • Electric buggy tours for the less mobile, call 01202 707744, to book
  • Public car parks are multi-storey sites with concrete surfaces and lift access to all floors
  • There are no transfer vehicles or drop off/collection points, please contact ferry operators for access requirements
  • All terrain wheelchairs are available from Visitor Reception, pre-book on: 01202 707744
  • Paths leading to the Visitor Centre are fairly level and smooth
  • Seahorse landing craft provides wheelchair access to the island. Boat runs on set days throughout the season. Booking is essential. Please see 'Our Work' section on website for details.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island

Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton, near DorchesterDT2 8QJ

Birthplace of Thomas Hardy.

  • Accessible route via bridlepath to Hardy's Cottage. Unsurfaced, can be muddy and uneven.
  • Hardy's Birthplace parking (not National Trust), 600 yards. Free to NT members visiting Hardy's Cottage (inform the member of staff at the Visitor Centre on arrival)
  • Trampers (all-terrain mobility scooters) available for hire from Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre. There is no charge, but users must be members of Countryside Mobility (£2.50 fortnight membership/£10.00 annual membership).
  • Please ring 01305 251228 to book Trampers
  • Virtual Tour tablets available at Hardy's Birthpace Visitor Centre and Hardy's Cottage

https://www.countrysidemobility.org/locations/hardys-birthplace-visitor-centre-and-woodland

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage


Kingston Lacy (National Trust)

A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset Countryside.  

  • Designated mobility parking in main car park, 30 yards to visitor reception
  • Visitor reception at top of moderate slope
  • Volunteer driven ‘leg saver’ transfer service from car park to house, sundial in the formal garden, shop and restaurant (subject to availability)
  • 3 self- drive mobility buggies, 2 push wheelchairs (generally best if you are only going to the shop or restaurant) and 2 all-terrain mountain trike push wheelchairs. These can easily access all of the estate accept the Fernery in the formal garden. We advise that you pre-book your mobility scooters or wheelchairs in advance of your visit to guarantee them. On the day they are allocated on a first come first served basis. There is no charge to hire them and no time limit on their use.
  • Accessible lavatory in laundry courtyard
  • Gardens and parkland feature gravel paths
  • Level access to ground floor of house only (2 rooms accessible)
  • Electric wheelchairs / mobility buggies aren’t admitted to house for conservation reasons
  • House contains 97 steps from entry to attics
  • Interactive virtual tour of house available
  • Induction loop
  • Braille guide
  • Large print guide
  • Level access to shop and restaurant
  • Easy access to Eye Bridge, Pamphill, Badbury Rings, Holt Heath and forest
  • NT car parks at Pamphill Green and Eye Bridge
  • NT car park at Badbury Rings, additional charges apply for non-members
  • Non NT car park at Holt Heath and forest
  • Pamphill Green close to National Cycle Route 25

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Studland Bay

Ferry Road, Studland BH19 3AQ

Vast areas of sandy beach.  A limited number of beach accessible wheelchairs can be hired free of charge (returnable deposit required)

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/studland-bay

Forde Abbey & Gardens

4 miles South East of Chard, Somerset(see website for instructions on how to find Forde Abbey)

A privately owned former Cistercian monastery in Dorset with a postal address in Chard, Somerset.  30 acres of award winning gardens. 

Much of the garden is accessible to people in wheelchairs, although there are some sloping gravel paths and lawns, and the Bog Garden may present some difficulties. On arrival, the most suitable paths for wheelchair users will be indicated to you. If you have any other disability, please ask staff for advice. There are benches around the gardens to rest. There is a ‘battericar’ and a wheelchair available for visitors. It is best to book the use of these in advance from the Gift Shop (01460 221699 daily 10am-5pm) who will also be able to advise you before your visit regarding accessibility.

www.fordeabbey.co.uk

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Poole Harbour

9m Sailing Catamaran. "Hands on" sailing experience for disabled people, their families and carers.  Knoticat is a 10m Catalac sailing catamaran and has been extensively modified with wide ramps to make access easy for most wheelchairs.
The boat was purchased in 2001 and has been in continuous use ever since, providing a unique sailing experience for its users. In 2013 more than 1000 disabled and their carers sailed with us. 

Knoticat has room to take up to seven passengers. She has two steering positions, one of which is low level for those in wheelchairs and a fully enclosed cabin with an accessible private toilet. Being a catamaran she provides a stable platform for anyone who is new to sailing.

The boat carries all the latest safety devices, is fitted with up to date communication and navigation equipment and on every trip we have a qualified first aider. 

We have a full galley and tea and coffee are usually made during the trips.

We try to provide a real ‘hands-on’ sailing experience with everyone able to participate in the steering, sailing and navigation. 

https://www.knoticatsailing.org

Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood

Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood   BH24 2ET

  • All terrain wheelchair

www.moors-valley.co.uk

  • All terrain 'Tramper' mobility scooters

www.countrysidemobility.org

  • Accessible Cycling Events  
  • (Tues/Thurs morning)

www.moors-valley.co.uk

Sandbanks Beach, Nr Poole Dorset

Mobi Mat to allow beach access for wheelchairs from Easter until September.  5 beach accessible wheelchairs available.  Contact Sandbanks Beach office by telephoning 01202708181

Swanage Steam Railway

Station House, Swanage, Dorset  BH9 1HB

All Swanage Railway station platforms offer step-free access and Disabled access is available to most trains.

Wheelchairs are able to be carried in the Guard's Van on most services, and if the passenger has some mobility then they can sit in nearby passenger accommodation rather than travel in the Guard's Van. Our trains have corridor connections between the coaches.

A ramp is available to provide wheelchair access to trains, and our friendly platform staff and train crews will be happy to assist. Please note that our ramps have a safe weight limit of 300kg.

The maximum dimentions of any wheelchair or electronic scooter is:

Length: 1200m (3ft 11in approx.)

Width: 700mm (2ft 3in approx.)

Maximum combined weight of user and scooter: 300kg (47st 3lb approx.)

Telephone ; 01929 425800      

www.swanagerailway.co.uk/disabled-access-accessibility

RSPB Arne

Nr. Wareham, Dorset BH20 5BJ

"Tramper" All-Terrain mobility scooter, bookable operated by the Countryside Mobility Scheme.  For more info visit www.countrysidemobility.org and to book call 01929 557828

www.rspb.org.uk/arne

Durlston Castle, Country Park & National Nature Reserve

Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset BH9 2JL

Durlston Country Park aims to provide the highest level of access possible for all users. We have an online access guide now available with comprehensive information for visitors with access requirements. Please use the link below.

Less mobile visitors are welcome to hire out one of our 2 battery operated Trampers. These specially designed off road mobility buggies are easy to drive and allow you access to much of the park along several agreed routes. The routes vary in distance and terrain, providing a range of experiences to suit people seeking a simple ride to those looking for something more challenging.

Our Trampers are run as part of the Countryside Mobility South West scheme. Membership to the scheme and a 10 minute induction session is required before a Tramper can be hired out for a small donation. Booking in advance is recommended, but not essential.

The Countryside Mobility Scheme is working to improve access to the countryside for people with limited mobility living in and visiting the South West region. For more information on the scheme please follow the link above.

www.accessibilityguides.org/content/durlston-country-park-nnr  

 www.durlston.co.uk

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M.V. Freedom Boat Trips

Weymouth Harbour

The boat has ramp access and can carry 12 passengers including 6 wheelchair spaces.  Sails around the spectacular Jurassic Coast of Dorset. For more info please call 07974 266867

www.mvfreedom.co.uk

Wareham "Wheelyboat"

Abbot's Quay, Wareham BH20 4LW

£35 an hour plus £5 per passenger (up to a max of 8)

Self drive or a skipper is available for £10 an hour.

Roll on/roll off access flat deck. For more info please telephone 01929 550688

www.warehamboathire.co.uk

Lulworth Cove

An all terrain 'Tramper' mobility scooter allows you to take a short but spectacular route which offers clifftop views of Stair Hole, perfect for seeing the folded layers of rock at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

www.countrysidemobility.org/locations/lulworth-cove

Golden Cap Estate

The routes at the estate, which includes the highest cliffs in Southern England, take in spectacular coastal views along the World Heritage Site as well as woodland walks in the rolling hills back from the coastline.

Although the path to the very summit of Golden Cap is not currently suitable it is hoped that if demand for service is strong resources may be found for the necessary path works.

Visiting Golden Cap - Important Information, Booking and Directions

Advance booking is essential at Golden Cap. The service is available from May to end of September (ground conditions permitting) with hire sessions starting at 10am and 2pm Thursday to Sunday. With sufficient advance notice it may be possible at other times. Call 01297 489481 or email goldencap@nationaltrust.org.uk

Cash or cheque payments only as there are not card payment facilities at this site. 

Please note that there are currently no refreshments on site. There is a toilet on site although it is not a specific accessible toilet. Within a few minutes’ drive there are facilities at Seatown, Chideock and Charmouth.

The Tramper is located at Filcombe Farm (postcode: DT6 6EP).Bridport


https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap

Holton Lee

Holton, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JN

A centre of wellbeing that covers approximately 350 acres, most of which is a Site of Specific Interest, located on the edge of Lytchett Bay.  A variety of off-road mobility vehicles can be hired from Holton Lee allowing access to horticultural areas, birdhides, geocaches and viewing points.

www.countrysidemobility.org/holton-lee

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Moors Valley Country Park & Forest

Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood   BH24 2ET

One Tandem and two wheelchair bikes

*Also wide range of adapted cycles available during Accessible Cycling Sessions on Tues and Thurs morning

www.moors-valley.co.uk

Chesil Sailability

"Whatever your disability, whether you know how to sail or not, you will end up smiling"

A range of boats that are specially adapted to take people with a wide range of disabilities. 

www.chesilsailability.org.uk

The Tank Museum

Linsay Road, Bovington, Wareham BH20 6JG

Excellent access around the site with lifts, ramps and broad pathways.  Wheelchair access to a viewing point above the arena. Each disabled guests receives free admission for one carer.

www.tankmuseum.org


Upton Country Park & Tea Rooms

 Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
Accessibility for wheelchair & pushchair users and those with limited mobility
The Park has a network of hard-surfaced wheel-friendly footpaths. There are several kissing gates throughout the estate; each is accessible with a RADAR key.
Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms (RADAR key). A lift from the Tea Rooms takes users to 'The Gallery Upstairs' art gallery on the first floor.
Access to Upton House ground floor includes entrance/exit ramps and toilet facilities. 

www.uptoncountrypark.com

Abbotsbury Swannery

New Barn Road, Abbotsbury
nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JG
Those who are able to provide documentary identification of disability (i.e. blue / orange badge or similar) will be able to take a carer in free of charge.
Access to the Swannery
The paths at the Swannery are flat and access to all areas in a wheelchair is possible except to the telescope platform.

http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery/

Dorset ~ 'Shop'

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ABOUT SHOPMOBILITY

  • Prices, equipment available for  hire and opening times vary at each scheme
  • Shopmobility Schemes are open to everyone who has a mobility impairment or health condition which can be temporary or permanent
  • Scooters, powerchairs, power assisted wheelchairs and walkers are available at most schemes
  • Please contact your chosen scheme or check the website for specific details

Poole

Level B, Multi Storey Car Park, Kingland Crescent BH15 1TA

01202 661770  

www.wheelsforfreedom.org.uk


Purbeck

St Johns Hill, Wareham BH20 4NB

01929 552623   

https://purbeckmobility.com/equipment-hire/mobility-scooter-wheelchair/