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Moors Valley Country Park and Forest in Hampshire
Fun for the family with great things to see and do.
Walk or cycle through the forest, ride on a steam train, and experience Go Ape on a high wire. You can bring your dogs and even fishing is permitted. Explore its woodland, lakes, ponds, rivers, and meadow and heath-land!
- The park has accessible toilets including a Changing Places standard toilet and Ambulant disabled toilet and height adjustable changing bed.
- Assistance dogs are welcome.
- There are no admission charges per person but vehicle charges apply, starting from £2.20 up to one hour.
- The Visitor Centre has level access with wide automatic door.
- They have a hearing induction loop.
- There are large print leaflets and a braille version of the map brochure.
- Their address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET Hampshire – your GPS might not locate precisely this address due to the rural nature of this location, please double check before departure.
- You can easily access Moors Valley by car, sign posted with brown tourist information signs from the A31 at Ashley Heath or approach roads from West Moors. Moors Valley is situated ten miles north of Bournemouth.
- There are 13 disabled parking spaces. You might park for free if your car is exempt from road tax due to disability reasons. In this case you need to show a certificate of entitlement and blue badge at their Information Point.
Travel by public transport
- You can get there by bus number 38 which stops at Lions Lane, at the Castleman Trailway entrance to Moors Valley. However, you will need to walk over a mile to reach the Visitor Centre. Please check the actual timetable on Traveline’s website.
- The staff will help advise you on the best paths available to suit your requirements at the Information Point so you can spend some quality time there.
- There is a tarmac footpath which is about 100 meters that leads to the Visitor Centre from the Information Point. At some parts the gradient of this path is 10% or even more.
- There is a restaurant with a patio area accessible through a slope at the rear of the Visitor Centre, where you can have a meal at wheelchair friendly picnic tables.
- Colourblind people might struggle to tell the difference between some of the colours of posts at the marked routes.
- Some routes are more accessible than others, you should contact the park for getting advice on the most suitable ones to your requirements.
- You are able to borrow a conventional wheelchair from, but please book in advance.
- You can also borrow a Crossfire all-terrain manual wheelchair, please contact first for booking.
- There are Tramper mobility scooters to hire, please view this page for more details.
- Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is committed to inclusivity and works hard to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all their visitors.
Long Down Activity Farm in New Forest, Hampshire
A family-run farm with superb activities and indoor and outdoor play areas.
Feed ducks, donkeys, goats and pigs and ride the tractor! When you have got no more energy left you can enjoy the tearoom and the picnic areas.
- The Farm is a working farm, the main walkways can be accessed though by wheelchair.
- Assistance dogs are welcome on site.
- There is a toilet with disabled access and there is changing room facility with ceiling hoist and track and height adjustable changing bench with a WC suitable for wheelchair users.
- Registered disabled visitors can admit at reduced rate, while their carer for free of charge.
- All pathways and buildings are accessible to wheelchair users, however there are restrictive widths between the Tea Room and the Gift Shop.
- There is no hearing loops installed at present.
- They have large print leaflets and a braille version of the map brochure.
- The Farm’s address:
Longdown Activity Farm,
- You can find the Farm being situated on the edge of the New Forest National Park 7 miles west of Southampton and 3 miles east of Lyndhurst. Brown tourist signs on all major routes will help you find them.
- Parking is free, and there are 3 disabled parking places provided 50 meter distance from the main reception.
- The car park is located at the opposite side of the road to the Farm’s main reception so please take care when crossing the road.
- There is no artificial light in the car parks.
Travel by public transport
- By bus: you can get there by Blue Star bus number 6 which stops at Ashdene Road/Whartons Lane. This bus services a route between Southampton and Lymington hourly.
- By train: the nearest train station is Ashurst, New Forest, which is a 30 minute walk approximately from the Farm.
- The car park surface is compressed gravel therefore there may be puddles on the surface during and after wet weather.
- You can access main reception on a concrete pathway through a gate which is to prevent kids from running onto the main road.
- The admission entrance is situated under cover and is accessible to wheelchair users.
- All the information signs are in bold type, with the yellow signs targeted at children and white signs for adult information.
- The pathways throughout the Farm are mainly concrete based however there are some areas which is compacted hoggin. This is suitable for wheelchair users, however it can be slightly difficult for those using frames and walking sticks.
- Kids can play at the outside play area, however this can get muddy after rain.
- People with spinal injuries and wheelchair users will be advised not to use tractor and trailer rides.
- You can borrow wheelchair for free of charge, but it is subject to availability.
- A First Aid room and a quiet area for nappy changing or baby feeding are available.
- Changing Places facilities consisting of ceiling hoist and track, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and WC suitable for wheelchair users are available.
- There is locally sourced food with vegetarian and gluten-free products available and microwaves can be used to heat food and drink. Catering facilities are accessible and some of the benches are fit for wheelchairs.
- Staffs are trained to assist in the event of any emergency and most of them have First Aid qualifications. The staff is committed to provide a memorable experience to each and every guest.
Beaulieu, a family visitor attraction at the heart of the New Forest
Enjoy serene grounds and gardens and visit the National Motor Museum.
See over 250 vehicles of Britain’s motoring heritage and get a fascinating look into the Montagu family home, the Palace House.
- Most of the Beaulieu attraction is accessible to all visitors, however, there are some areas with limited access.
- Assistance dogs are welcome on site.
- There is an accessible lavatory on the main restaurant level. Staff hold a RADAR key for access. There is also an accessible lavatory on the lower level which is accessed from outside the building; this does not require a key.
- All admission desks are at a lowered level to allow comfortable use for wheelchair users.
- Brabazon Restaurant’s floor is smooth and level throughout.
- The lower level of Palace House is accessible to wheelchair users but there is no lift.
- The paved lower levels of the Abbey, including the Cloister, are accessible for all when following the sign-posted wheelchair route.
- They have hearing loops installed at the admission points.
- They have large print leaflets available at the admission points.
- Address: Beaulieu New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom SO42 7ZN
- Beaulieu is located within the New Forest National Park between Bournemouth and Southampton. It is well signposted from all major routes.
- Large signs direct vehicles from the road and into the car park. There is a disabled car park adjacent to Visitor
Reception with 12 parking spaces, from which there is a level paved pathway to the main entrance door.
Travel by public transport
- By bus: Wilts & Dorset buses have a limited service between Hythe and Lymington which only runs on Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday. It drops visitors either at the Museum entrance or in Beaulieu village depending upon the route. For more information visit morebus.co.uk.
- By train: The nearest mainline station is Brockenhurst. Taxi companies operate out of Brockenhurst; the cost of a one-way journey to Beaulieu is approximately £20.
- Reception can be accessed via a set of glass doors. The area is well lit with overhead and natural lighting and is level on a stone surface throughout. There are benches and seats with arm rests provided along the main windows for seating.
- The site is fairly flat with a mixture of pathway surfaces. The surfaces are primarily tarmac and wheelchair friendly, with some areas accessed across short distances of gravel or shingle. Access into the attraction is via a tarmac pathway that leads up the spine of the site. From this main pathway visitors can access The National Motor Museum, The Brabazon Restaurant and disabled lavatories.
- Brabazon Restaurant’s area is well lit with natural and overhead lighting. The Top Gear dome is enclosed with no natural light, but adequate internal lighting is provided as visitors enter and exit the area.
- `Wheels` features a commentary and whilst pods are fitted with induction loops, a written script is also available.
- Not all of the additional features are fully accessible for customers who use wheelchairs or have limited walking ability.
- “Wheels” pod ride is only accessible to visitors who are able to transfer themselves in and out of the pod unaided.
- They offer free hire of manual wheelchairs and electric scooters, subject to availability. It is advisable to book these in advance.
- Beaulieu staff undertake regular training in accessibility awareness and disability issues to provide the highest standards of customer service.
Paulton’s Park, family theme park
Paultons Family Theme Park Home to Peppa Pig World has over 70 wonderful rides and attractions.
Explore dinosaur attractions, enjoy golf, waterpark and amble around wonderful gardens and lake!
- Wheelchair or mobility scooter dependent guests are admitted free of charge.
- Assistance Dogs are permitted into the park providing they are fully registered and in a harness.
- There are accessible toilets and changing facilities for disabled visitors.
- Nearly all paths are flat and tarmac surfaced.
- All restaurants and shops are wheelchair accessible.
- They have no hearing loop installed at present.
- There is no large print or braille information available at present.
Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World,
Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire SO51 6AL
- Paultons Park is located on the edge of the beautiful New Forest National Park, and is well sign posted and easy to find.
- Parking is free for all visitors and there is a large accessible parking area which is located close to the Park’s main entrance.
Travel by public transport
- By bus: The X7 Salisbury-Southampton service stops at OWER, VINE INN outside the Park which is a 5-10 minute walk along the drive to the Paultons main entrance. Visit salisburyreds.co.uk for more information.
- By train: The nearest mainline train stations are:Southampton Airport Parkway – 10 miles away with a 15 minute taxi drive to the Park.
Southampton Central – 8 miles away with a 10-15 minute taxi drive to the Park.
Southampton Central station is situated across the road from the city bus terminals thus providing a link to the Park.
- There is a dedicated First Aid Centre and toilet facilities for disabled visitors.
- Changing facility is available adjacent to the main toilet facilities equipped with a mobile hoist.
A limited number of wheelchairs (self propelled) are available on a free of charge hire basis but please book in advance.