Wheelchair Travel On The Greenways In Burgundy

October 31, 2012 in Adaptive Cycling, France, Wheelchair Walks

Burgundy’s Accessible Greenways

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If you look on this tourist map of the Voies Vertes, you will see miles and miles of smooth surfaced, accessible and car free countryside paths in Burgundy.  They have even marked which access points are wheelchair accessible.  This is the main reason I wanted to visit this area. To get out in the countryside in my wheelchair or on the wheelchair bike and hear the birds twittering while watching the vineyards turn golden in the autumn sunlight.  We only managed a fraction of the Burgundy car free paths as there is so much to go at. We stuck mainly to the Santenay area and surrounds. There is so much more to explore on future wheelchair travel trips.

Wheelchair Walks and Wheelchair Tandem Biking

Santenay to Nolay

It’s a Gentle uphill slope nearly all the way to Nolay. We passed vineyards, charming villages, lush and abundant rolling hills and bucolic vistas. Towards the end there are 2 viaducts with wide views. We turned back towards Santenay after the first one and glided back downhill all the way back to camp.

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 Chagny to near Chalon sur Saone

This is an old tow path alongside the canal. It has quiet locks, lockmaster houses decorated with flowers, barges and house boats.  Cruise boats passed us by and then even WE overtook them. Went past huge fields and tiny smallholdings, met cows, donkeys, chickens, sheep, geese and lots of cats. Nice and smooth, mostly flat apart from short slopes at the locks.

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 Santenay to St Leger sur Dheune

We saw lush emerald countryside, white cows, charming canal side gites, roller bladers and more canal cats. We learned the art of pique-nique (we brought tasy nibbles) and stopped at canal side benches for snacks. Gliding alongside the ducks and fish, we were easily overtaken by the Tour de Francers (men who dress up in serious cycle gear).  We rescued a tiny snake on the path. Another cyclist asked where to find a wheelchair bike for his handicap daughter. Luckily, the creaky pedal (that became a wobbly pedal when oiled) waited until the end of the trip before needing attention.

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 Burgundy Scenic Drives

Mountain of the 3 crosses, Santenay, Burgundy

Montagne des Trois Croix

I enjoyed the scenic drive up the Montagne des Trois Croix, but sadly the viewpoint at the top is a no go for wheelchair users. It’s only a 5 minute walk up, so I sent my carer up to enjoy the 360 degree views while I waited in the car park.

Route des Grands Crus

Driving from Santenay to Beaune through the vineyards on charming country lanes. This is the wine tasting route where you pass through rustic villages and a sea of grape vines as far as you can see.

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We drove into the centre and saw the hardcore cobbles and skinny pavements.  It looked like a wheelchair disaster zone, so we headed straight out again. Someone with more patience or enthusiasm might be able to chart a wheelchair travel route through this place, but it wasn’t gonna be me on that particular day!  Instead we enjoyed the sunset scenic drive back through the sea of grapes on the Route des Grands Crus.

Santenay

Santenay Village

The village square in Santenay has good parking and access. Nearby there is a small Vival supermarket, but you might have to go up and down the curbs to enter, as the pavement is a bit skinny near the entrance. Further up the hill from the main square the pavements get thinner, but there are no cobbles. If you want to investigate further in your wheelchair you might need to go on the road.

You don’t need a watch in Santenay, just listen to the bells if you want to know the time.

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 Accessible Accomodation

camping des sources, santenay, burgundyCamping des Sources has large pitches, most of them on flat ground. There are disabled facilities, you will need to get the key from reception. Set amongst the vineyards in a green and lush environment, it’s friendly, peaceful and has lovely trees. This campsite is in a great location as it’s not far from the village and very near to the Greenways (car free paths).

Santenay tourist office website is www.ville-de-santenay.fr/

 

 

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Wheelchair Tandem Biking

October 15, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, Adaptive Cycling, France, UK

Guest Article For Tourism For All UK

Marina from www.wheelchairaccesstravel.com shares her experiences of wheelchair tandem biking.

Wheelchair Bikes for Hire

I am really excited about wheelchair bikes right now, since having so much fun being peddled around the countryside.  If you’ve never had a go, I highly recommend it.  So much so, that I compiled a list of bicycle hire shops in the UK where you can rent a Wheelchair Tandem near a car free cycle path.

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Types of Wheelchair Bikes

There are different types of adapted cycles for people with different disabilities.  My physical condition means that I’m unable to exert myself at all, so even a hand bike is out of the question.  With the wheelchair tandem, once I’m on the bike I just sit back and enjoy the ride.  My carer Karl is already developing thighs of steel.

On the net I found  various wheelchair bikes  including the “Duet” Wheelchair Tandem (which is known as “Rollfiets” in Europe), the Draisin Plus, the O Pair and the Van Raam.   I have only tried out the Duet so far, but after  2 wonderful  wheelchair tandem rides in Devon this summer, I was hooked.  Wanting more, I scoured the web for a wheelchair bike to hire near my home in Sussex, but to no avail……………….continue reading at Tourism For All UK

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Mountain Wheelchair Travel in Chamonix Mont Blanc

October 13, 2012 in Adaptive Cycling, France, Wheelchair Walks

Wheelchair Travel Chamonix Mont Blanc

Chamonix is exciting, even for wheelchair users. Starting at the tourist office, there is a lowered desk at wheelchair height, which is always a good sign. They gave me a special info pack (also available online ) with their accessibility information. They also advised me on which cable cars were open and answered my questions.  Very friendly and helpful staff.

Wheelchair Accessible Cable Car Ride to Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix Mont Blanc

Warning: This is Europe’s highest cable car at an altitude of 3842m. I found it more difficult to breathe at this altitude. Physically fit, strong, healthy carer required (it wasn’t just me who was out of breath).  Ascend at your own risk.

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We went straight to the information desk outside of the station.  The woman who served us should get an award for being friendly, knowledgeable about the access and super helpful. She explained which areas were wheelchair accessible, then went to the front of the large queue and bought our tickets for us. Next, she left us at the front of the departure gate queue, while she got our tickets swiped for boarding. As a wheelchair user I got boarding priority to all the cable car journeys.

The first part is the cable car to Plan de Aiguille. There is no wheelchair access to the viewing area here, so we just changed here to the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi. At the top station I had a dizzy spell. I felt quite giggly, but very weak and thought I might drop dead from altitude sickness.  I survived by doing some deep breathing techniques and keeping still to conserve energy.  Most areas are wheelchair accessible.  There are disabled toilets, a museum and several viewing areas. We crossed the bridge and took the elevator to the top viewing platform. Here we found a 360 degree panoramic view of ice, snow and clouds nestled amongst rocky spires and peaks.  Luckily we were there on a clear day, the views are spectacular.

Show your blue badge or disabled ID card to get 50% off for you and your carer. (The 50% discount applies to the multipass too.) There are free disabled parking bays in front of the Aiguille du Midi station. Ask for the key to the disabled toilets at the info desk.

Accessible Train to the Glacier – Mer de Glace, Chamonix Mont Blanc

This station was quite busy. There’s no point queuing with the crowds to board the Montenvers Mer du Glace Train. If you are in a wheelchair let the staff know and they will bring you around a different way to board the train. It involves ramps and the ascent onto the train is quite steep. You definitely need a strong carer for this part. Two members of staff also helped with the transfer, so I had 3 people pushing and guiding my chair up the ramp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a pleasant mountain train journey, we arrived at an altitude of 1913 metres. More ramp action to get me off the train, then a mooch around, enjoying the glacial and mountain scenery.

There is a small crystal museum with some huge crystals. It’s a fairly steep downward slope from the station to get there, but not long.  There is also a sunny viewing deck that’s accessible. You can see the ice cave down below from here. The ice cave is not wheelchair accessible so I waited on the deck while my carer went down the hundreds of steps to check it out.

The path to the Glaciorium and the Grand Hotel Restaurant are okay if a bit bumpy. There is a short gravelly bit (a bit annoying) on the slope at the entrance to the Glaciorium. We watched a few short films there about glaciers.

Wheelchair Walks In Chamonix Mont Blanc

Around town - Chamonix beckons the wheelchair traveller with its relatively flat valley.  The smooth pedestrianized, café lined tourist centre is easy to navigate, but stray off the beaten track and the one area you will find it is not so generous is;  drop curbs.

By the river – Follow Promenade du Fori by l’Arve for a flat easy access walk.

In the forest – Go for a roll in Bois du Bouchet, where they have a lovely easy access forest walk.  It caters for different disabilities and has a cute little wooden chalet for a disabled toilet at the start of the trail. There is parking just off Route du Bouchet.

 

 

 

 

 
 

How To Spend A Rainy Day In Chamonix

There are 2 museums in the town which I didn’t have time to visit. Musee des Cristaux is apparently completely accessible.  Musee Alpin is an old building so it’s ground floor only for wheelchair users.

Accommodation and Camping in Chamonix Mont Blanc

Travelling on a budget we stayed at Camping Les Deux Glaciers. In late September it was quite nippy at night, which is not surprising being so close to Glacier des Bossons. There is a disabled toilet which was opened on request. No wheelchair access to the reception. The campsite is a bit hilly but there are flat pitches near the disabled toilet. The pitches are very pretty. Think rambling stream, flowers, wooden chalet huts and astonishing sunset views of peaks and glaciers from your tent. There is traffic noise though from the nearby motorway. It’s lessened by the sounds of the glacial stream (if you camp near it) and the road is not as busy at the weekend.

Check out the accessibility info online for more accommodation.

Wheelchair Travel Chamonix Mont Blanc, Glacier des Bossons at sunset, Camping Les Deux Glaciers,

Wheelchair Travel, Camping Les Deux Glaciers, Chamonix Mont Blanc

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Velo Route in Chamonix

We did some wheelchair biking in Chamonix too. More info coming up in future posts.

 

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Wheelchair Tandem & Travel In Devon

August 9, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, Adaptive Cycling, UK, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Walks

Wheelchair Tandem on the Tarka Trail

Had a brilliant day on the Tarka Trail, we did 16 miles on a Duet Wheelchair Tandem!

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Wheelchair Tandem Ride on Tarka Trail, Instow

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hired the Duet wheelchair tandem from Bideford Cycle Hire for £17 for the day. They have private access onto the Tarka Trail, it’s an unsurfaced slope and a bit bumpy. I had my strong pedaller push my wheelchair up onto the trail and then bring up the Duet wheelchair tandem. After transferring he then took my wheelchair back down to the car. Parking is free if you hire a bike. Once on the trail its a nice, smooth tarmac surface and mostly flat. We passed the charming railway carriage cafe at Bideford. Then lovely views of the estuary as we were leaving town.

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Wheelchair Travel, duet, wheelchair tandem, Tarka Trail, Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a bit of traffic noise from Bideford to Instow but it’s still a very pleasant ride. At Instow there is a disabled toilet (RADAR key required) at the back of the car park.  It’s not very far from the trail but be careful crossing the road with the Duet as it is a bit more awkward to handle than a wheelchair on turns and curbs etc if you aren’t used to it.After Instow it’s peaceful with lots on nature, birds, sheep, cows, horses, fields, estuary and marshlands. At Fremington Quay there is a cafe and a flat path along the quay with a large lawn. After our picnic on the grass we headed back the way we came staying on the car free Tarka Trail.

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We arrived back at the bike hire with time to spare so we rode  a mile or so towards Torrington where it is more wooded with slight gradients. I’m so glad we did, as we met a very kind lady cyclist called Sheila, who very generously offered me her copy of “Wind In My Wheels”  by Josie Dew.  It has a chapter about her journey from Lands End to John O’ Groats on a wheelchair tandem!

Westward Ho – Wheelchair Walk, Pier House and Beach

Despite the moody weather I really enjoyed the wheelchair walk on this coastal path.  The rain had perfect timing. Just as we returned from the walk it poured down, so we went for lunch at the Pier House.  The food was good and the portions large. Good wheelchair access and a massive disabled toilet too.

 Wheelchair Walk, Westward Ho Coastal Path, Devon

Wheelchair Access, Pier House, Westward Ho! Devon

Westward Ho Coastal Path, Wheelchair Walk, devon

Westward Ho!, The Pier House, Wheelchair Access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the weather brightened up after lunch, we continued the walk in the opposite direction down to Westward Ho! beach. The path which passes the rockpools becomes the promenade and is fully surfaced, wide and flat with lovely bay views.  According to this pdf,  Accessible Trails in Devon, there is another easy access walk nearby at Northam Burrows, but we didn’t get around to that one.

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Wheelchair Walk Westward Ho Devon Beach Path Promenade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wistlandpound Wheelchair Walk

Wistlandpound has a peaceful nature wheelchair walk circling a lake which is sheltered by woods.  To access the blue badge car park you must get a gate code from reception. From the blue badge car park the path is quite smooth compressed earth and gravel. There were steeper gradients than I had expected so if you want to do the full loop a strong pusher is required. Assisted canoeing on the lake is one of many activities available here for disabled people, for more info see Calvert Exmoor Trust.

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wheelchair canoeing, wistlandpound, devon

 

Wheelchair Access at Rosemoor Gardens

There are plenty of disabled parking bays at Rosemoor Gardens, disabled toilets and a spacious cafe with room to move in between tables.  2 trampers are available (book in advance) The surfaces are smooth tarmac paths, flagstones, compressed earth and gravel, flat brick paths and in the woods compressed earth and bark.

Wheelchair Access at Rosemoor Gardens, RHS, Devon

Wheelchair Access at Rosemoor Gardens Devon

Rosemoor Gardens, Woodland walk, Devon

Wheelchair Access at Rosemoor Gardens - The Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the gardens are on a slope so a strong helper may be required for some of it. The path down to the lake is on a gradient. The earth and bark path through the woods is quite smooth with gentle slopes. The gardens are split in two by the road. The main gardens in front of the visitor centre are stunning and fairly peaceful. To access the other side there is a path that goes under the road, on this side you get quite a bit of traffic noise from the road.   If you are a bit sound sensitive (as I am) you might prefer to stay on the visitor centre side.

Wheelchair Tandem at Haldon Forest Park

2 different rides on a wheelchair tandem duet in the same week can’t be bad.

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Wheelchair Tandem, wheelchair bike, adaptive cycling, Haldon Forest Park, Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did the Discovery Trail at Haldon Forest Park which is 2.5km (1.5miles) of compressed earth, gravel and bark path (which is fairly flat and wide) through the forest with some gorgeous views of Devon countryside. There are some short slopes so you might need a strong pedaller but nothing too steep. It’s a little bit tricky with the duet at the 2 road crossings due to the narrow wooden barriers, but it does fit through. Be careful crossing the road especially if you are new to handling the duet. Back at the car park there is a disabled toilet that’s big enough for the duet to actually fit it, but only just.

For more places to hire a wheelchair tandem see Wheelchair Tandem-Accessible Cycle Hire Adventures in the UK

 

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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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Wheelchair Travel Around Interlaken, Switzerland

July 24, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, Switzerland, Wheelchair Walks

This is a wheelchair travel adventure we did before I started taking notes and really looking at access, so there is not as much detail as in other posts. I hope it can still give an idea of what’s possible in Switzerland.

There is no doubt that this is a beautiful area. The Bernese Alps and their turquoise blue lakes were more wheelchair accessible than I had expected. Switzerland is expensive though, but we did it in our usual budget style by camping, bringing some food with us from the uk and only buying the fresh produce we needed in the Swiss shops. With so many beautiful natural sights to see and ‘carer goes free’ on cable cars, we still had a fantastic and affordable trip.

Wheelchair Walk at Neuhaus

We stayed a few days at Neuhaus and from there did day trips by car to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald.
At Neuhaus there is lakeside park on Lake Thunersee where you can get close to the water. We found a lovely nature wheelchair walk by the lake. At the end was an accessible footbridge spanning the river that joins the two lakes.

Wheelchair access to Lake Thunersee, Park at Neuhaus, Interlaken
Park at Neuhaus, Lake Thunersee
Wheelchair walk in nature, disabled access, Neuhaus, Interlaken, Swiss Alps
Wheelchair access nature walk, Neuhaus
Wheelchair walk in nature, disabled access, Neuhaus, Interlaken, Swiss Alps
Wheelchair access nature walk, Neuhaus, Interlaken
Sunset over the mountains on the way back
Wheelchair walk in nature at sunset, disabled travel, Neuhaus, Interlaken, Swiss Alps
Wheelchair access nature walk, Neuhaus, Interlaken
Lake Thunersee at sunset

 

Day Trip to Lauterbrunnen

We left the car in the main car park, it was on a slope and was a bit of a push to get out of the carpark onto level ground. As we were walking through the village we were passed by a parade of decorated cows, it was part of a cheese festival celebration. Not sure how the cows felt about it but they were wearing some pretty fancy headdresses. The wheelchair walk at Lauterbrunnen was beautiful, lush green grass and cute swiss farm houses. We walked past a small waterfall, the path continues up the valley, but we turned back after the waterfall.

Old Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg road 6km

Wheelchair walk in nature at Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Swiss Alps
Cheese festival parade at Lauterbrunnen
Disabled access, Wheelchair walk in nature at Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Swiss Alps
Wheelchair accessible walk at Lauterbrunnen

Wheelchair Travel To Car Free Murren


We camped at Stechelberg and went up to Murren for the day. We left the car at Stechelberg Cable Car station. I remember that the paths in Murren were surfaced and very smooth, although there are slopes. It is on levels and the main street is fairly long and flat, but if you want a longer walk you would need a strong pusher. Also I remember there being a short uphill slope as you come out of the station. Murren is car free and has fantastic mountain views, so even if you dont move around that much, it’s a beautiful place to hang out. If you forgot your picnic there are plenty of shops and the supermarket is quite reasonable.

Murren Village Tour Wheelchair Walk – 2km
Cable Car – carer goes free

Wheelchair access in car free Murren, Interlaken, Swiss Alps, disabled travel
Car free Murren – Swiss houses up in the
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Wheelchair access in car free Murren, Interlaken, Swiss Alps, disabled travel
Up in the mountains at car free Murren
Wheelchair access in car free Murren, Interlaken, Swiss Alps, disabled travel
Wheelchair access in car free Murren = Smooth
Wheelchair travel in car free Murren, Interlaken, Swiss Alps, Mountain views
Mountain views from car free Murren

Accessible Camping In The Swiss Alps


We camped at Alpenblick, Seestrasse 130 at Neuhaus. There are disabled facilities in a new toilet block. Lovely campsite, level grounds although a bit of traffic noise as it is next to the road. Good location for Thunersee Lake and the wheelchair nature walk. It was16 euros per night plus tax (2adults+tent+car) with ACSI card.

At Stechelberg we stayed at Camping Rutti, a very peaceful campsite with only basic facilites. Snow capped mountain views from the tent though. And good location for the cable car station for trips to Murren. It was16 euros per night plus tax (2adults+tent+car) with ACSI card.

Wheelchair travel resource for Interlaken area on the following link
Interlaken-Tips for wheelchair users and people with impaired mobility

General tourist info www.jungfrau.ch/en/

For another easy access walk with stunning views, check out our next stop in the Swiss Alps ……………..Weggis, Lake Lucerne…….blog post coming soon!

I hope you found this wheelchair travel information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great trip :-)

 

 

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Wheelchair Mini Break in Chichester

July 9, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, UK, Wheelchair Walks

Are you planning a wheelchair mini break or disabled holiday in or near Chichester?
This post is about my recent experience in and around Chichester and is full of links and info for wheelchair users.

West Wittering Beach Wheelchair Walk

Easy Access, Disabled Travel, Wheelchair Walk on West Wittering Beach
Wheelchair Walk on West Wittering Beach
Easy Access, Disabled Travel, Wheelchair Walk on West Wittering Beach
Great to be on the beach

Although we were staying nearby, we nearly didn’t go to west wittering beach. From photos on the net I could see that it didn’t have a promenade so I mistakenly thought that it wasn’t accessible. We went to check it out and found that we could hire the wheelchair beach buggy for free (£20 returnable deposit) and it was so much fun. It’s the first time in over 5 years that I’ve had such a great beach experience! It feels great rolling over the sand on those balloon wheels, will definately be doing this again. Behind the beach is a huge grassy area where you can park and picnic, there’s a cafe too and 3 toilet blocks with disabled facilities. The car park charges were £2 for the day for blue badge holders and £7.50 normal charge, although I think it varies with time and season.

Chichester Marina Easy Access Walk

Wheelchair Travel Easy Access Walk at Chichester Marina, Sussex
Wheelchair Walk at Chichester Marina
Disabled Travel Easy Access Walk at Chichester Marina, Sussex
Wheelchair Walk Views at Chichester Marina

Chichester Marina has a circular easy access walk, all surfaced so it was a relaxing nautical wheelchair walk. It’s quite interesting going over the accessible lock crossing, after the crossing are some benches for a rest stop, there’s even the rare chance of spotting some seals. On the way back we passed Spinnakers Cafe/Bar which has a disabled toilet.

Accessible Harbour Viewing and Easy access walk at West Itchenor.

Disabled Travel, Wheelchair Access View at West Itchenor, Chichester, Sussex
Wheelchair Access View at West Itchenor, Chichester
Wheelchair Access View at West Itchenor, Chichester, Sussex
Wheelchair Access View at West Itchenor, Sussex

West Itchenor has a ramp up to this viewing platform, lovely place to sit and soak up the harbour vibes. There is also a wheelchair accessible boat Solar-Heritage (Solar powered boat with lift) Check first with www.conservancy.co.uk for times and bookings as they are limited. Apparently there is a disabled toilet near the harbour office.

The wheelchair walk starts at the far corner of the West Itchenor visitors car park, where the disabled parking bays are. There are 2 gates on this walk (large enough for most wheelchairs and small mobility scooters). It is a surfaced path that leads to a secluded viewing area looking over the harbour. Peaceful, green and wonderful marshland harbour views. The path does continue on after that but it becomes a bit “all terrain” with some gravelly bits and quite bumpy.

wheelchair travel, easy access walk gate, West Itchenor, Chichester, Sussex
Gate on wheelchair easy access walk, West Itchenor
Wheelchair Travel, Wheelchair Walk, Easy Access Walk West Itchenor, Chichester, Sussex
Enjoying the fresh air at West Itchenor
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Harbour Views on Wheelchair Walk, West Itchenor
  

Smooth surface path, Wheelchair Travel, Wheelchair Walk, Easy Access Walk West Itchenor, Chichester, Sussex

Smooth path on wheelchair walk West Itchenor

Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve Wheelchair Walk
There are interesting views over Pagham Harbour but this wasn’t my favourite walk, I found it a bit bumpy and not very peaceful. I could hear heavy traffic noise coming from the busy road nearby for half of the walk. For more detailed info please see PDF of Easy Countryside Trails


You can enjoy a more peaceful view over Pagham Harbour at Sidlesham Quay, Mill Lane, Sidlesham just near the Crab & Lobster (wheelchair accessible) pub. There is a bench on a patch of grass next to the quiet road where you can look out over the marshland harbour.


Butterflies

Disabled Travel - Wheelchair Access Info at Earnley Butterflies, Chichester, Sussex
 Earnley Butterfly – Wheelchair Access = not great

Earnley Butterflies Birds and Beasts is not ideal for wheelchairs but partly doable with assistance. The place is flat, but the problem is the gravel paths. In the nearest areas to the entrance the gravel is not too deep, so with a strong helper you can see the butterflies, birds and gardens. By the time you get to the animals at the far end the gravel is deeper and could be very tiring for whoever is pushing the wheelchair. There is a cafe and a disabled toilet. Also this could be a good place to come if its raining as most of it is undercover in glasshouses.

Wheelchair Access and Restaurants in Chichester
Chichester is quite flat, with flagstones in the central part, it is actually paved but the pavestones have slightly bumpy edges. It is only a little bumpy though, apart from that it’s actually very doable for wheelchair users.

We had tasty italian food at ASK Chichester. The Wheelchair access is at the side entrance not the front. There is a disabled toilet although sometimes getting access to it can be tricky, especially when the restaurant is busy as the tables are very close to the disabled toilet entrance.

Chichester has a local produce restaurant with wheelchair access check www.fieldandfork.co.uk for opening hours and menu.


For a long list of accessible cafes and restaurants please see this very helpful booklet (available from the tourist office) with all the access info. Here’s a link to the online pdf version www.chichesteraccessgroup.org.uk

Disabled Travel, Wheelchair Access Chichester Town Centre
Chichester Town Centre
Sunset at Elscott Park, Birdham, Sussex - Disabled Access Camping
Sunset at Elscott Park – Wheelchair Accessible Camping

Disabled Camping
We camped at www.ellscottpark.co.uk near Chichester Marina. This is a good location for being near to some of the wheelchair walks and West Wittering Beach. It’s also a good location for going into Chichester for restaurants or shopping. There is a disabled toilet and shower. It has a low step at the entrance (it is just the door ledge) so some assistance may be required, but the facilities were very clean and the owners very helpful. Will camp here again, good value for money.

www.camping-in-sussex.com Near West Wittering village, has an animal park.
Chichester-lakeside-holiday-park This place doesnt have great reviews. It’s near a busy road.

I hope you found this wheelchair mini break information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great trip :-)

 

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Accessible Day Out In Sussex – Lavender, Harbour Walk & Italian Food

July 5, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, UK, Wheelchair Walks

Organic Lavender Field
Lordington Organic Lavender Field 2012 open days are 4th – 8th July 2012 entrance £2.50 (goes to charity).  Parking is available near the field on the farm.  Wheelchair users can be dropped off very close to the lavender by car. There is a wide accessible walkway at the beginning of the field as you come in, it’s hard earth and not too bumpy, although it is on a bit of a slope. It is quite manageable to get close to the lavender with a strong carer. Lovely place to sit and soak up the lavender vibes. Cake and refreshments too.
For more info go to their website www.lordingtonlavender.co.uk

accessible day out sussex, wheelchair access, lavender field.
I got my wheelchair into a lavender field!
accessible day out sussex, wheelchair access, chichester, lavender field.
Who needs provence, when you’ve got sussex lavender

Cobnor Easy Access Harbour Walk 

After the lavender field we went for a walk along the harbour at Cobnor Estate, near Chichester. This easy access path is especially for disabled people. Disabled badge holders can access the path via the private Cobnor road. There are disabled parking bays and a disabled toilet (RADAR key access). The path is mostly hard surfaced and flat. It’s peaceful and has fabulous views of the harbour.
Italian Dinner
Had pizza and pasta at Prezzo in Chichester. Wheelchair access good – step free.

I hope you found this wheelchair day out information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great day out :-)

 

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Accessible Travel In France – Guest Blog Post for Travelin Wheels

July 3, 2012 in France

Accessible Travel in France

Disabled Holidays - Wheelchair Accessible Camping In France
Wheelchair Accessible Camping In France

Intro

18 years ago I set out on my first big trip. I had bought a round the world ticket and had thought to myself “I’ll explore Europe when I get back, maybe in a year or two.” Little did I know that it would be a lot later than that and in a wheelchair! Since then a lot has changed and for over 5 years I’ve been dependent on my wheelchair and a carer for mobility.

I’m Still Passionate About Travel.
Earlier this month I returned from a wonderful trip to France. We travelled by car (low MPG Citroen Berlingo) with a tent, camping gear and my wheelchair in the boot. To save on fuel and driving hours we chose destinations that were roughly in the same corner of the country. I’m a budget traveller who loves the outdoors so camping is..
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I hope you found this accessible camping in France information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great trip :-)

Disabled Holidays In The Camargue – Accessible Attractions

June 20, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, France, Wheelchair Walks

Wheelchair Access To Wildlife – Parc Ornithologique (Wetlands Bird Park)

Disabled Travel - Wetland Bird Park Parc Ornithologique, Camargue Flamingo
Disabled Travel –  Parc Ornithologique, Camargue
Flamingotastic
Disabled Travel - Wheelchair Access Parc Ornithologique, Camargue Flamingo
Disabled Travel –  Parc Ornithologique, Camargue
Fabulous Flamingo Watching

Parc Ornithologique is a wetlands bird park near Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. It’s a beautiful reserve with flamingos galore and many other species. It’s a great place for bird watching and enjoying the incredible Camargue landscape. You could just pop in for an hour or spend a few days here, it’s perfect for wheelchair users, the paths are great and they even have a wheelchair accessible eco toilet, Enviroloo. Bring your camera, sunscreen, hat, bottle of water, mosquito repellent and a picnic (there is a cafe too).

Wheelchair Travel - Disabled Access Parc Ornithologique, Camargue Baby Storks
   Wheelchair Travel – Parc Ornithologique, Camargue
Baby Storks
Wheelchair Travel -  Parc Ornithologique, Camargue Easy Access Paths & Disabled Eco Toilet
Wheelchair Travel –  Parc Ornithologique, Camargue
Disabled Eco Toilet

The main loop (about 2.5k) is very accessible with easy flat paths and you will see plenty of wildlife and flamingos here. We were told that the larger loop also has good paths but the only thing is that you must cross quite a steep bridge to get onto that side. My carer said it was doable with a strong helper but we didn’t bother as we were already too hot and a bit tired.

Disabled Travel -  Easy Access Path Wetland Bird Park Parc Ornithologique, Camargue
Disabled Travel –  Parc Ornithologique, Camargue
Great Paths. Wheelchair Access = good
disabled holidays Wheelchair Access wetland bird park Parc Ornithologique bridge
Wheelchair Access Parc Ornithologique
Access to longer walk over steep bridge

Wheelchair Access To Wildlife – Mejanes


The petit train at Mejanes is not wheelchair accessible. You can’t drive onto the train in your wheelchair. However if you can manage the 2 steps onto the train it’s a fun ride (about 25minutes) and good value at 4 euros (and he didn’t charge my carer). If you can fold your wheelchair you can take it on the train (my carer lifted it on for me), the other option would be to leave it in the station. Once you’re on the train sit back and enjoy the views of wetland landscapes, Camargue horses and bulls while listening to gypsy flamenco on the trains sound system!

Disabled Travel -  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue Wheelchair Access info
Disabled Travel –  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue
Wheelchair Access to station but 2 steps to train
Disabled Travel -  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue Wheelchair Access info
Disabled Travel –  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue
No Wheelchair Access to Train – 2 steps
Disabled Travel -  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue Wheelchair Access info
Disabled Travel –  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue
Views from petit train
Disabled Travel -  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue wheelchair access info
Disabled Travel –  Petit Train, Mejanes, Camargue
Views from petit train
Disabled Travel - wheelchair access at Mejanes, Camargue Horse
Disabled Travel –  Mejanes, Camargue
Camargue Horse
Disabled Travel -  Mejanes, Camargue Wheelchair access toilet
Disabled Travel –  Mejanes, Camargue
Wheelchair access toilet on women’s side

Strangely at Mejanes only the women’s side of the toilets are wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair accessible footpath which takes you through the countryside and past Etang du Vaccares (big lake) it’s a loop so you end up back at the car park after about a 2.5km walk. It’s an unsurfaced earth path so can be a bit bumpy in places. There are no hills or slopes to climb, it’s all pretty flat.

Disabled Travel, easy access footpath country walk at Mejanes, Camargue, France
Walk at Mejanes, Camargue, France
Disabled Travel, easy access footpath country walk at Mejanes, Camargue, France
Disabled Travel – Footpath at Mejanes, Camargue, France
Wheelchair Access = OK, unsurfaced paths, a bit bumpy
Disabled Travel   - easy access footpath country Walk at Mejanes, Camargue, France Camargue Horses
Disabled Travel   –  Walk at Mejanes, Camargue, France
Camargue Horses





Things To Do For Disabled Travellers In The Camargue – Wheelchair Walks In Nature
Parc Ornithologique Wetlands Bird Park (flamingos galore!)
Camargue Museum and footpath 1.5km
La Capeliere - 2 of the 4 wildlife observatories and the exhibit area are wheelchair accessible
Mejanes - footpath 2.5km (and little train-not wheelchair accessible, but if you can manage 2 steps its fun)
La Palissade - footpath 3km

Things To Do For Disabled Travellers In The Camargue – Boat Rides
Les Quatre Maries - wheelchair access
Le Tiki - wheelchair access
Le Camargue - non motorised wheelchairs only

Things To Do For Disabled Travellers In The Camargue – Town & Beach
For wheelchair access information please check out my post on Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
For general tourist information in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer and the Camargue check out this website www.saintesmaries.com

Camping

Le Clos Du Rhone - adapted showers/toilets
La Brise - adapted showers and toilets

I hope you found this disabled holiday information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great trip :-)

Disabled Travel In The Camargue – Wheelchair Access at Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

June 16, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, France, Wheelchair Walks

Disabled Travel in the Camargue – Les Saintes Maries de la Mer

Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, Beach Wheelchair Access
Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
Beach Path Wheelchair Access = good
Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer- Disabled Parking
Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
wheelchair access = good, 
disabled parking = good
Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer Beach Path Wheelchair Access
Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
Beach Path Wheelchair Access = good
Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer Marina Path Wheelchair Access
Disabled Holidays in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
Marina Path Wheelchair Access = good

There’s plenty of disabled parking bays at the beach and many ramps giving easy access to the beach path. The beach path is flat, smooth and hard surfaced. There are openings every so often from which you can look onto the beach out to sea. I couldn’t get onto the actual beach (soft sand) so we followed the beach path down to the marina and the town. The wind had blown some sand onto the otherwise lovely surfaced easy access path which could cause problems if it builds up, sometimes my pusher had to pull me through backwards where there was a mini sand drift. Overall it was fine. You can see that care has been taken to accomodate wheelchair users.

Disabled Holidays - Wheelchair  Access in Saintes Maries de la Mer
Saintes Maries de la Mer wheelchair access = good
Disabled Travel Saintes Maries de la Mer Church wheelchair access
Saintes Maries de la Mer wheelchair access = good
disabled parking = good

The church is open every day and according to the tourist office it is wheelchair accessible, we didn’t go in as it was the gypsy pilgrimage and very busy. The Cultural Centre (Relais Culturel) also has wheelchair access. The town is flat and most of the centre is pedestrianised so great for wheelchairs. The disabled toilets are in La Place des Gitans behind the Hotel de Ville. There is a wheelchair accessible bus (La ligne 20) between Arles and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer.

Boat Rides

Les Quatre Maries – wheelchair access
Le Tiki – wheelchair access
Le Camargue – non motorised wheelchairs only

Camping

Le Clos Du Rhone - adapted showers/toilets
La Brise – adapted showers and toilets

Things To Do For Disabled Travellers In The Camargue

For easy access walks, wildlife and more wheelchair access information for the area, please see my other blog post Disabled Holidays In The Camargue – Accessible Attractions.

For general tourist information in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer and the Camargue check out this website www.saintesmaries.com

I hope you found this wheelchair travel information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great trip :-)

Disabled Budget Travel: Wheelchair Access in Lake Annecy, France

June 14, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, France, Wheelchair Walks

                 
Beautiful Annecy.
Will defo be coming back to this place. Quaint, historic, colourful and accessible enough to keep me interested. This brochure Annecy-Town-Walks shows the lakeside walk and accessibility. They don’t mention accessibility for the Old Town Walk but we walked and rolled around most of it with no hassle. We didn’t go up the steep bit to the castle. We did try to follow the canal further on but gave up due to the cobbles. There’s plenty of beauty and colour to soak up in the touristy part of the old town which is mostly wheelchair friendly.
Disabled Travel: Wheelchair Access in Annecy France
Old Town Annecy France, wheelchair access = mostly good
Disabled Travel: Wheelchair Access by the Lake in Annecy France
Annecy Lakeside Walk, wheelchair access = good

Lake Annecy Cycle Path
Now this is the kind of surface I like. Perfectly smooth. Its car free, surrounded by stunning scenery and there’s loads of it, over 40k long! The bits on the sides are for walkers and joggers. Are wheelchair users allowed on it? Who knows, but that didnt stop us. Although we did get pointed out and laughed at by a group of young boys, who cares when you’re rolling in paradise :) I need a Duet Wheelchair Tandem so I can feel like I’m cycling.

Lake Annecy France Cycle Path Wheelchair Walk
Lake Annecy Cycle Path Wheelchair Walk
Lake Annecy France Cycle Path Wheelchair Access
Lake Annecy, France. Cycle Path Wheelchair Walk



Beaches
There are 3 wheelchair friendly beaches on Lake Annecy- Sevrier, St Jorioz and Veyrier.
I stayed at St Jorioz. The beach is great for wheelchair users. Choose between grass or sand, sun or shade. There are lots of big trees to lie under whilst watching the paragliders in the distance floating off the mountain, enjoying the view of the lake and the beach atmosphere. You feel like you’re in a park and a beach at the same time and they have already thought about disabled access.

Wheelchair Access On The Beach, St Jorioz, Lake Annecy
Wheelchair Access On The Beach, St Jorioz, Lake Annecy

There’s an accessible path to the different areas of the beach and the sand is that hard sand so the wheelchair doesn’t sink. There’s even a handrail for going into lake. There’s a wheelchair accessible toilet and a snackbar.

Wheelchair Access On The Beach, St Jorioz, Lake Annecy, France
Wheelchair Access On The Beach, St Jorioz, Lake Annecy
Sun & Shade – A park & beach all in one

The disabled parking bays are near the entrance and have a sign welcoming wheelchair users which is nice. It really makes a massive difference going to beach where they’ve already planned for accessibility.  Wheelchair access in the Alps is much easier than I thought it would be.

Disabled Travel: parking and wheelchair access St Jorioz Beach Lake Annecy, France
Disabled parking and wheelchair access at St Jorioz Beach
Lake Annecy, France





Nature Walk – Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac
This place is not signposted well, but easy to get to when you know where it is. It’s on Route de la Vieille Eglise near Doussard. Apparently beavers live here but we didn’t see any. A beautiful walk (about 3.5k) on really good accessible paths and boardwalks.

Disabled Travel: Bout du Lac Nature Reserve, Lake Annecy, France
Bout du Lac Nature Reserve. Wheelchair access = great




Bout du Lac Nature Reserve, Lake Annecy, France.
Wheelchair access = great, disabled parking = good

Camping
www.campinglesolitaire.com This isnt where I stayed but we did pass by for a look. It looks like the best location to stay for St Jorioz beach and the cycle path. It’s away from the main road (so peaceful) and very near the lake and not far from the shops. It does have accessible facilities. Will try it out next time.


Attractions With Wheelchair Access
The forest of the senses trail at www.base-nature-aventure.com looks good, it says the trail is designed for wheelchairs.

General Tourist Info http://en.lac-annecy.com/

I hope you found this wheelchair travel information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great trip :-)

Wheelchair Travel in the Ardeche – My Experience of the Route Des Gorges

June 10, 2012 in Accessible Days Out, France, Wheelchair Walks

Scenic Drive On Route Des Gorges, Ardeche, France (Wheelchair Access = Overall its very good)

 

Pont d’Arc by the river is a no go for wheelchair users – The path is very steep, then rocky and very steep, then sandy. All is not lost, there is a viewing layby on the road a bit further on. Go early if you want to stop there as its small and gets busy. There is a step up to the viewing area, I could still enjoy the view by looking through the railings athough the barrier wall doesn’t seem designed for wheelchair user viewing. Still worth a look though.

Ardeche Gorges, Pont D’Arc viewing layby
wheelchair access = 1 step

The rest of the Route Des Gorges has excellent wheelchair access lookouts or viewing areas, about 11 of them over an approx 30km stretch. With disabled parking bays, flat walkways, fantastic views of scenery and if lucky friendly goats.

Ardeche Gorges Scenic Drive 30km – fantastic viewing areas
wheelchair access & disabled parking = great
Ardeche Gorges Scenic Drive 30km – beautiful views from the
lookout areas, wheelchair access & disabled parking = great
Ardeche Gorges Scenic Drive 30km – beautiful views from the
lookout areas, wheelchair access & disabled parking = great

www.gorges-de-lardeche.com

Below are the attractions we visited on the Route Des Gorges.

Llama Park (Wheelchair Access = Dodgy, but we did it – Rock N Roll!! more Rocky than Roll actually)
They only charged me for one adult at 6 euros (carer goes free)  There are 2 steps at the entrance (these people need a ramp) and a bit of uphill rocky ground on the way to the enclosure which is also a quite a challenge. The good news is that its not very far to the enclosure and its well worth getting there. Loads of llamas and you’re right in there with them. The leaflet says petting guaranteed and it wasnt wrong.

Ardeche Gorges Llama Park
wheelchair access = dodgy but doable with help

Inside the enclosure the ground is very rocky so we didn’t move around much. The owner was very friendly and the llamas wonderful and so many of them. The wheelchair access is very dodgy but doable with a strong carer and some help at the steps.
www.ardeche-lamas.com

Lavender Museum (Wheelchair Access = Good, Disabled Parking =Good)

Ardeche Gorges Lavender Museum is wheelchair friendly

This place is very accessible, flat and easy. Most of it is indoors so it can be an interesting thing to do if its raining. There’s also a gift shop and they have their own lavender fields outside which must look wonderful in summer when in flower (end of june to august.)
www.ardechelavandes.com

Vallon Pont d’Arc  (Wheelchair Access = Ok, Disabled Parking = Good)
This is the small town near the start of the Route Des Gorges. There are plenty of disabled parking bays right in the centre of town giving close access to the main square and shopping streets. The pavements can be narrow but the main area is pedestrians only so its not too bad.

Wheelchair access = okay & disabled parking = good in
Ardeche Gorges town of Vallon Pont d’Arc tourist area

Camping

We camped off season for 16 euros a night for 2 adults, tent and car at Camping Beau Rivage, Les Mazes, Vallon Pont d’ArcThe campsite is 2km from Vallon Pont d’Arc. It’s by the river (lovely views from the tent) and away from the main road (very peaceful.) The paths around site are good, the reception, bar, shop, swimming pool are all accessible. The disabled toilet and shower are in the mens section of the toilet block (key at reception) but this didnt cause any problems, it was clean and available. The beach area by the river doesn’t have ideal wheelchair access but its doable with a strong carer. It’s probably not the most perfect site for accessibility but what I loved about this site were the natural surroundings, birdsong, relaxing under the trees with views of the river, feeding the onsite goats and the friendly and helpful owners. Will definately go back. www.beaurivage-camping.com
Ardeche Gorges Beau Rivage Camping, beautiful campsite
wheelchair friendly except for beach area

More campsites (that I havent visited) in the area with wheelchair accessible facilities include:
mondial-camping
campsite-arc-en-ciel
domaine-de-chadeyron
camping-nature-parc
campsite-des-gorges

For general tourist information check out www.ardeche-guide.com

I hope you found this wheelchair travel information helpful. Please feel welcome to comment or add your own accessible travel tips. Thanks for reading and have a great trip :-)