Wheelchair Tandem Hire – Where To Rent A Wheelchair Bike In The UK

August 9, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, Adaptive Cycling, UK

Wheelchair Bicycle Hire in the UK

After 2 Wheelchair Tandem Rides In Devon, I was hooked! So, I researched other suitable (preferably near a car free cycle path) places in the UK to hire a wheelchair bike.  Here’s what I found so far:

Cornwall – Wheelchair Tandem on The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is an 18 mile mainly traffic free route on an old railway line. Padstow Cycle Hire website offers a Duet Wheelchair Tandem for £20 per day or £9 evening ride.

Cumbria – Veloplus Wheelchair Bike near Carlisle

At Watchtree Wheelers Cycle Centre near  Wiggonby, Carlisle they have a fun range of specialist bikes including a Veloplus . They are based at Watchtree Nature Reserve in Cumbria.

Derbyshire – Range of Adapted Cycles in The Peak District

The Peak District has a network of car free cycle paths like the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail which are both suitable for all ability cycling if you miss out the section with the incline. Wheelchair Bikes and other adapted cycle hire are available at Parsley Hay.

Devon- Wheelchair Tandem On The Tarka Trail

Braunton to Meeth, 32 miles of car free cycling.  Bideford Bicycle Hire have a Duet Wheelchair Tandem available for hire at £17 per day. Bike Trail at Fremington Quay did have a wheelchair tandem but apparently they sold it to a residential home. They have trampers now.

For detailed info see  Wheelchair Tandem & Travel in Devon.

Devon – Disability Bikes at Haldon Forest Park

The Discovery Trail is 2.5km (1.5miles). There is a fleet of disability bikes available at Forest Cycle Hire including 2 Duet Wheelchair Tandems.

Find out more at  Wheelchair Tandem & Travel in Devon.

Dorset – Wheelchair Bike in Moors Valley

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. On the cycle hire website it says they have a wheelchair bike and that its free!

Durham and the North East

Opportunities to ride adapted bikes including a Duet wheelchair tandem at various locations in the North East. www.gatewaywheelers.org.uk

Gloucestershire – Forest of Dean

Pedalabikeaway has adapted cycles including wheelchair bikes which you can ride on the Family Cycle Trail in the Forest of Dean.

Hampshire – All Ability Cycles in the New Forest

Cycle Experience have a good selection of all ability cycles at their New Forest cycle hire shop in Brockenhurst.

Kent – Adapted Cycles at Bedgebury

According to the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain you can hire adapted cycles at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest. Although Louise added in the comments below “ lovely forest but very hilly for a Duet or low gear bikes. We struggled a lot on the ‘easy’ trail.”

London – Special Needs Bikes in Dulwich Park

London Recumbents have the largest range of special needs bikes in England. Including the Duet wheelchair Tandem.

Somerset – All Ability Cycling on The Strawberry Line

Cheddar Cycle Store is a hire shop near The Strawberry Line.  They have a good selection of all ability cycles including a Draisin Plus wheelchair tandem according to their website.

Surrey – Adapted Cycles at Alice Holt Forest

Quench Cycles at Alice Holt Forest has a wide range of adapted cycles.

Wrexham – Wheelchair Tandem Bike at Alyn Waters

Pedal Power in Wrexham has 26 specialist bikes including a Duet Wheelchair Bike by the look of the photos on their website. They also have a special bike track which runs through an attractive part of Alyn Waters Country Park. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9 am – 5 pm . Prices range from £3.00 to £6.00 per session

Other Places in the UK – Center Parcs

Duet Wheelchair Tandems are also available to hire at Center Parcs.

Do you know of any other places where it’s possible to hire a wheelchair bicycle?  And cycle on a car free path in the UK or abroad? If so, please let me know in the comments.


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