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New Research Reveals that Wiltshire Ranks 6th in the UK for Accessible Walks
A study by the outdoor experts at Millets looks at accessible walks across every county in the UK to reveal the best locations for accessible walks.
You can view the full research here: https://www.millets.co.uk/blog/accessible-adventures
The 10 best counties for accessible walks with choices for those with wheelchairs and those with buggies are:
1. Somerset with 43 wheelchair accessible walks and 74 suitable for buggies - total 119.
2. Hampshire with 30 wheelchair accessible, 49 buggy friendly - total 79.
3. Dorset with 27 wheelchair accessible, 45 buggy friendly - total 77.
4. Devon with 27 wheelchair accessible, 29 buggy friendly - total 60
5. Lancashire with 22 wheelchair accessible, 37 buggy friendly - total 59.
6. Wiltshire with 17 wheelchair accessible, 33 buggy friendly - total 50
7. Greater London with 17 wheelchair accessible, 21 buggy friendly - total 40
8. Cornwall with six wheelchair accessible, 27 buggy friendly - total 37
9. Derbyshire with 12 wheelchair accessible, 19 buggy friendly - total 36
10. North Yorkshire with four wheelchair accessible, 29 buggy friendly - total 33.
Taking the crown for the most accessible walks in the UK is Somerset with a huge 119 accessible walks across the county. With 43 walks suitable for wheelchairs and 74 walks suitable for buggies, this county has a fantastic offering of accessible walks from Yeovil County Park to Weston Super Mare Beach.
Coming in second place is Hampshire with 79 accessible walks. Some of the best places to explore if you’re using a wheelchair or a buggy include the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the Forest of Bere and Staunton Country Park.
Taking third place is Dorset with 77 accessible walks. The major attraction in Dorset is the county’s Jurassic Coast, where you may spot preserved fossils, alongside natural features such as arches, pinnacles and stack rocks.
The research also looked at the best counties for accessible walks per 100 sq km.
The three best counties for accessible walks per 100 sq km are Bristol, Clackmannanshire and Swansea.
Kiera Baxter, marketing executive for Millets said:
“The UK has many fantastic walks, from the Lake District to the Brecon Beacons, with some incredible sights to behold. However, many of these famous routes are lacking in accessibility as many people may find hills or rough terrain difficult to get across.
“This is why we wanted to uncover the best places for accessible walks, to ensure everyone can get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Our research reveals counties such as Somerset and Devon are the best for accessible walks.
“There are a whole range of accessible walks available across the UK suitable for both wheelchair users and pushchairs. From country parks and beautiful beaches to forest walks, there are beautiful and accessible destinations all around the UK.”
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