Accessible Walks in Devon
Devon, situated in the picturesque southwest of England, is renowned for its stunning landscapes, rolling hills, and charming villages. Devon also offers plenty of accessible countryside walks that cater to both mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Whether you seek a peaceful stroll along the coast or a venture into the heart of lush woodlands, these accessible trails will allow you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Devon without hindrance.
If you're using a wheelchair, powerchair, or mobility scooter, a little extra planning is necessary.
While most places are equipped to accommodate people using these mobility aids, it can be frustrating to arrive at a national park only to discover that the trails are inaccessible.
Thankfully, this inconvenience can be avoided with a simple phone call to the place you plan to visit. To save you some time, we've already researched a few places and gathered useful information so that you can fully enjoy your day out.
The Tarka Trail
Named after the famous novel by Henry Williamson, The Tarka Trail spans over 180 miles and follows the scenic route of the River Taw and River Torridge. While the entire trail may not be accessible, specific sections have been adapted to accommodate mobility scooters and wheelchairs. One such path starts from Braunton, taking you through the lush landscapes of North Devon. Expect sightings of wildlife, wildflowers, and breathtaking estuary views along the way.
Nestled on the outskirts of Plymouth, the Plymbridge Woods offer a delightful accessible walk amidst enchanting woodlands. A designated path, known as the Plym Valley Trail, winds its way through the woods and follows the tranquil River Plym. Suitable for both mobility scooters and wheelchairs, this route guarantees a peaceful and scenic experience.
Located on the East Devon coast, Seaton Wetlands is a nature reserve that provides an enjoyable and accessible walk for all nature enthusiasts. With level paths and well-maintained tracks, visitors can explore the diverse habitats that comprise reed beds, wet meadows, and lagoons. Birdwatchers will be in their element as Seaton Wetlands is home to an array of bird species.
Haldon Forest Park
For a day filled with adventure and nature, head to Haldon Forest Park near Exeter. While not all the trails may be accessible, the park has made significant efforts to accommodate visitors with mobility challenges. The Discovery Trail offers a smooth and scenic route suitable for wheelchairs and some mobility scooters. Surrounded by a variety of trees and wildlife, this trail is perfect for a peaceful escape into nature.
Grand Western Canal Country Park
The Grand Western Canal Country Park stretches through the heart of Devon and offers a network of accessible towpaths that run alongside the serene canal. The gentle terrain makes it ideal for wheelchair users and mobility scooters. This picturesque route provides ample opportunities to spot wildlife and enjoy the tranquility of the waterway.
While we have primarily focused on highlighting scenic routes near our Torquay and Exeter showrooms, consider bookmarking the links provided below for your future outings. These resources offer comprehensive information about incline types, rest stops, restroom availability, and route lengths.
Devon's stunning countryside beckons all to explore its natural wonders, and accessibility need not be a concern. With a range of specially adapted trails, those using mobility scooters and wheelchairs can embrace the beauty of the region without limitations. From river valleys to expansive woodlands and peaceful coastal paths, Devon's countryside walks cater to everyone, ensuring an unforgettable experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of England's southwest.
If you require any advice on mobility products, feel free to give us a call on 01803 220378 – we’d be more than happy to help.
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