New Forest Disabled
Access, rambling and accommodation info.

 

Welcome to my New Forest Disabled, All Access, rambling and accommodation information. I hope I can help you to explore and enjoy the stunning New Forest National Park and local coastal areas.

Please be prepared for mud during the winter months, there's always lots of it about!
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The New Forest National Park can offer the disabled visitor many All Access places to discover and enjoy and hopefully we can assist you. Please always feel free to Contact Me and I'll try to find answers for you.

I've recently been sent some info from the US which I hope will be helpful to my readers/visitors from America. Once you've read my UK recommendations you may find some of this info helpful as well. I hope so. It's further down the page and just above the OS map details!

New Forest Disabled Access Places to Visit

The New Forest Centre is a great way to discover the history of the New Forest. Set in the centre of Lyndhurst there is a museum, visitor info centre, gift shop, library, exhibition gallery and accommodation booking service. There are also lots of tea rooms to visit.

I've just discovered a fantastic resource for you to explore called disability horizons.  Co-founder Martyn Sibley recently visited the New Forest and managed to experience archery, tree climbing and sailing! He shares his experiences with us on his video and also has lots of wonderful info to share too. I learned a lot about NewForest disabled activities and other resources available for everyone to enjoy.

New Forest Disabled All Access Picnic areas are all over this stunning National Park. You can chose to just enjoy your picnic, play games, go for a walk or just relax on a bright sunny day. Those listed below are All Access.

Anderwood is a shady car park with toilet facilities, set amongst woodland. Also, BBQ is allowed for raised non disposable BBQs. Ring 023 8028 3141 to book or for more details.

  • Blackwater is set amongst majestic Douglas Firs and Redwoods. It is part of the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. There is a lovely Arboretum here and a Sensory trail. We recently saw a stunning Crossbill here in the summer. Again BBQ is allowed but they must be raised and non disposable, or if disposable you must use the fixed metal plate attached to the picnic tables. You can also visit the Tall Trees Trail. There are toilets, picnic tables, walks and cycle paths too
  • Bolderwood has lots to offer. There is a deer viewing platform, where the deer are fed between 1.30 and 2.30pm, flat easy access paths, picnic tables, toilets, a large green for family games and from Easter onwards an information unit is open at weekends and during the school holidays. Again you can BBQ here. It is one of 2 permissable areas for a disposable BBQ but you must use the fixed metal plate attached to the picnic tables.
  • Wilverley Plain and Inclosure is a huge flat, open area for a picnic or games on the lawn area. The New Forest ponies graze, and frolic here and there are lovely views too. You can take a walk or cycle and you can arrange a huge family BBQ here. There are woodland trails to explore and enjoy too.
  • Whitefield Moor offers an open, flat grass area for games or a picnic but also a shady walk along the lovely Ober Water stream. During WW2 the area was ploughed and used to grow potatoes to help the war effort! Raised non disposable BBQ are allowed here.
  • Hatchet Pond has the largest expanse of water within the New Forest National Park. Here you can watch the wildlife and also do some coarse fishing. This is also an area for spectacular sunsets.
  • If you would like to join a disabled ramblers club, which has a programme of walking events across the UK then disabled ramblers is a great site to visit. They have 4 New Forest routes on their website for you to try. 

  • What about a visit to the beach?Here is some info for you. I would suggest the following areas which are either in the New Forest or just outside
    1. Lepe Country Park is a good place to start and offers stunning views across the Solent. Look at my  Lepe details for photos and a review. Lepe Sat nav postcode is SO45 1AD
    2. We go to Mudeford a lot which is just outside the New Forest. Easy, flat parking and you can walk/travel completely flatly along the beach edge. There are lovely views across to the Isle of Wight plus toilets, cafes and a great fish shop for fresh fish.
    Contact  Mudeford Ferry to see if the "Josephine" is running to take you over to Hengistbury Head which is flat and easy to travel over if you stick to the lower path. You can even take a little land train along the edge of the water bird area. You can also drive to Hengistbury, park and then choose to use the flat lower path or train.
    Hengistbury Sat Nav BH6 4EN
    Mudeford Avon beach BH23 4ANMudeford Ferry BH23 4AN phone 07968 33 44 41
    I hope this helps and you enjoy your visit and the weather has warmed up a bit!
    Update;22.5.2013. We have just had a walk from the Steamer Point car park and would also recommend this area. There is the added bonus of going through the Steamer Point Nature Reserve (BH23 4TA) and having a cream tea at Highcliffe Castle. We have had many cream teas here - which is a reason we are always on long walks to fight the fat! here's more info. Car park: good access from both directions on beach and many toilets on way - great news.

    New Forest Accommodation for a Disabled Visitor

    New Forest Lymington Quay Hil

    Hotels

    Visit my New Forest disabled National Park hotel recommendations I have visited myself and taken photos for you to look at before you decide to book.

    I'm restricting my New Forest disabled info here to specifically adapted places I can find for you, here are a few I can suggest.

    • Our Bench offers fully adapted, self catering bungalows in Lymington. The advantage here is that you can enjoy the New Forest but also enjoy staying in a beautiful seaside setting with easy access to the Isle of Wight.
    • For Caravanners and Campers we suggest The Red Shoot Camping & Caravanning Park (see below).
      I'll be updating New Forest disabled accommodation with more info soon, as I visit more and more places.
    • There is a useful website called Explore the Forest and they have a page for Accessible Accomodation but we have not visited any of them yet and cannot say we recommend them but you may find it interesting.

    Additional New Forest Disabled Access Information

    New Forest sunset in the snow

    Here are some other pages on my website you might find helpful on your visit to the beautiful New Forest UK National Park.

    I hope my New Forest disabled All Access information has been helpful to you and that if you do visit this beautiful UK National Park you have a wonderful animal, wildlife and parkland experience.

    There's also some wonderful information on disabled access and lots more info too from The New Forest visitor website.

    Some helpful UK Disabled information  

    Sometimes you can feel at the very end of your tether and need a bit of help to clear your head. I know I've felt like this and also know these types of feelings can and do take many forms.

    I've found this info from shine charity (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Information Networking Equality) which I'd like to share with you. They are based in Peterborough and can be contacted by phone or email.

    Some helpful United States Disabled information that has been recommended

    If you are wondering why I have posted the information below, I hope this helps to explain it and why I felt it was helpful for anyone with disabilities whether in the New Forest, the UK or further afield to read.

    PublichealthCorps statement:

    "Nearly 1 in 5 people - 56.7 million - have a disability in the U.S. Clearly, there is no shortage of need for educational, financial, physical, emotional support. What wasn’t as clear to us at PublicHealthCorps, however, was whether this support was as readily available as it could be. To that end, we began a long-term research project about a month ago aimed at uncovering as many quality resources for our disabled population as possible"

    I've listed the resources (10 of 115 researched so far) they wanted me to share with you below.

    Guide to Disability Benefits from Disability.gov

    Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs 

    Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation

    Buying a Home Department of Housing and Urban Development help

    Guide to Moving for the Disabled

    Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living

    Staying active has lots of good tips from the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services 

    Home Safety for People with Disabilities 

    Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide 

    Home Accommodation Cost Guide for the Disabled 

    I've also been advised of this helpful info regarding Helping Alzheimer's sufferers cope with the loss of a loved one.

    Please don't forget all this info is for visitors to my website from America, but if you are disabled and read through it too it may give you a few ideas of where to find out more from UK disabled information in the future. Or ask why we don't have facilities, resources, or help of this type in the UK?

    I've recently been sent some more very helpful US fire safety info for people with disablilities which you may like to read.

    We all tend to take a nights sleep for granted but finding the correct type of beds and bedding may be hard to find if you have a disability. Here's some info I hope may help you.


    What I really like about sharing my website info is when I get a positive response to a visitor. Here's a little tale I'd like to share with you from a lovely family in the U.S.

    Julie, a mum who volunteers with a youth group, contacted me to say her group was having a disabilities awareness learning event soon. Her daughter, Lindsay, had helped her with some research for this disability awareness event.

    They wondered if I'd share some of the info they'd discovered about flying with a disability, which I'm more than happy to do.  Here's the disabled passenger info they wanted to share.

    I thought it was very helpful and so thanks to Julie and Lindsay for passing this on. Much of it will apply to flying with U.K. airlines, as well as U.S. airlines, but always check thoroughly with your chosen airline re your specific needs before you book.



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    A wonderful present for anyone


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