5 Accessible Walks
Love the outdoors? Us too, and we think everyone should be able to enjoy the gorgeous Cornish countryside, so we've rounded up some accessible walks, perfect for all seasons.
Finding walks in Cornwall that wheel friendly can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up five walks that are suitable for anyone needing to use a wheelchair, mobility scooter, buggy, pushchair or just for those where lots of steps and all that up and down just doesn’t work. We’ve listed in order of length, shortest first. Ready? Let’s roll.
Cardinham Woods (1.5 miles circular)
The ancient woodlands of Cardinham Woods are just the place for an a spot of fresh air and forest bathing, with a real mix of trees. The Lady Vale trail is suitable for all types of wheels (except, we’d warn, kids scooters) and if you choose the anti-clockwise direction, starting by the toilets in the carpark, you’ll end on a downwards slope by Muddy award winning Woods Cafe (above), perfect for a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Penzance to Marazion (2.7 miles one way)
Start at the station in Penzance and head east along the Coast Path (take the path shared by the cycle path inland of the sea wall, alongside the railway. Soon you’ll have views across Mounts Bay to St Michael’s Mount. The largely flat path is suitable for wheels of all types and will take you past Long Rock beach and then the Bird Reserve at Marazion, which in autumn attracts rare migrants and flocks of swallows, and in spring nesting birds. You’ll also find the Marazion Hotel and Cutty Sark restaurant for a bite to eat as well as several pubs. If the tide is out, the causeway to St Michael’s Mount is exposed and depending on your wheels is always a fun exploration. There is also a bus back to Penzance.
Botallack, Pendeen (3.4 miles)
This circular walk is billed as being accessible, but it will definitely depend on your wheels – you wouldn’t want to take kids on bikes, for example. Start at the village car park at Pendeen, past Geevor Tin Mine and head for the coast path, before passing Botallack Count House (this is prime Poldark country) and following the lanes back up to the car park – see here for more details. Note, it’s possible to hire a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter, provided by Countryside Mobility SW at Levant mine.
Bude Canal (3.7 miles)
The tow path walk alongside Bude Canal (Britain’s most westerly canal) is another wheel friendly favourite. Gentle to moderate, you’ll be walking alongside mostly canoes and kayaks rather than the original boats transporting sand. A Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter is available for hire from Whalesborough Farm. Passes Bude Marshes so take your binoculars for some bird watching.
Wadebridge to Padstow (5.5 miles one way)
Bicycle is often the first type of wheels associated with The Camel Trail due to the prevalence of bike rental places, but it’s also an excellent flat route for wheels of all kinds. The part from Wadebridge to Padstow (or vice versa) is the most traditionally scenic part, being coastal and skirting the Camel Estuary, but in fact all parts of the trail have their own beauty. For a longer outing, we think starting in Wadebridge, lunch in Padstow and then back again makes a lovely day out.
And a bonus:
Golitha Falls, Nr St Neot, Liskeard
Not all of the paths here are wheelchair friendly so be sure to follow the signs from the carpark which indicate which ones are – there can also be a bit of mud to contend with, so this may be one to pick for a drier day, but the beautiful woodlands alongside the banks of the River Fowey make a fun day out with the kids.