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Accessible Cornwall: 6 of our favourites

Posted 1 December 2018 by Beverley Fuller

Although the Roseland Peninsula is naturally hilly, many older visitor attractions have tried hard to improve access while new ones have been custom designed.

One of the former is the gorgeous garden at Caerhays, where although the valley is a key feature they're trying to make it as accessible as possible. The Green Route around the castle and main drive is tarmacked and avoids steps, while the Red Route is for those who don't want to walk far, and there are plenty of seats. Disabled parking area is close to the tea rooms and facilities.

The beach at Caerhays has a very good access path, as indeed do several other Roseland beaches, but over in Falmouth Gyllyngvase beach has a sand-chair for hire (book ahead on 01326 312884). The gently-sloping beach is boarded by a level pathway that runs the length of the seafront, with beautiful views across to Pendennis Castle on the headland. There’s also an open-plan beach cafe.

While you're in Falmouth, the National Maritime Museum is highly accessible with ramps and lifts, a fairly quiet and calm environment, plus Braille and large print information. Plenty of basic seats for those who need a rest and the cafe is wheelchair accessible. Although the car park is cobbled it's flat and has disabled spaces. If you're heading across from St Mawes the Roseland ferries welcome everyone aboard but they have steps, so please call ahead for help on 01326 741194.

Your Roseland holiday cottage is a great base to explore further into Cornwall too. While the South West Coast Path is generally hilly there's a gorgeous level, two-mile stretch between Penzance and Marazion that flanks Mounts Bay that's well worth a day-trip.

We also love the Camel Trail, from Padstow Harbour via Wadebridge and Bodmin to Wenfordbridge. A former railway track, it's mainly flat, level and easy with lovely scenery along the estuary. Car-free, popular with cyclists but plenty of space for everyone; book ahead to hire specially-designed bikes and tricycles in Wadebridge.

Finally, the Eden Project won Visit England's Inclusive Tourism Award in 2017. Excellent access, parking and paths, personal assistants get in free, free hire of manual and powered wheelchairs, plus information in large print, Braille and audio formats. But there's plenty more 'accessible Cornwall' and your Roseland holiday cottage is the ideal place to start!

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