Wheelchair and Easy Access Routes
Over the last 20 years we have worked to provide easier access routes. These are mainly associated with the Coast Path. We now have some 70 routes (over 31 miles/50km). Choose one of these walks in our search facility. They are classified into one of four levels of difficulty:
These are purpose built for wheelchair users and meet the BT or Fieldfare 'Countryside for all' standard. These standards cover surface condition, slopes, path furniture, and a range of other criteria.
Adventure Wheelchair Paths
These paths have an improved natural surface, little cross-fall and modest slopes. All introduced obstacles to wheelchairs have been removed. Some assistance may still be needed. For these paths we would recommend that you use a chair purpose-built, or adapted, for country terrain.
Easy Access Paths
These paths have had the least modification to ease use by people with wheelchairs. The paths have an unimproved natural surface. All introduced obstacles to wheelchairs have been removed. There is little cross-fall and slopes are modest. Whilst we do not claim that Easy Access paths are of wheelchair standard, they may be practicable under good conditions. You will need assistance.
Gentle Walks or Strolls
Sections of path without stiles or long steep hills. These are not wheelchair paths but provide a good way to enjoy the coast and countryside for anyone who may be just starting out on walking or who find stiles or steps troublesome.
Wheelchair paths - please note:
All adventure and easy access paths have been used by some sorts of wheelchairs in good conditions.
We do not claim that these paths are suitable for all wheelchairs.
We hope that the path descriptions in the circular walks links will help you to decide if a path is suitable for you.
Many routes will need extra care as they are at the top of high cliffs. Please take special care when you are passing other path users, or are turning around.
If you use a mechanical propelled chair, please limit its speed to walking pace - say 2 to 2½ miles per hour.
Beach wheelchairs were introduced to Pembrokeshire in 2006 by the County Council and since then the National Park Authority has acquired seven beach wheelchairs to help less able people enjoy our County's beaches.
Our beach wheelchairs are specially designed and manufactured to be pushed over sandy beaches. They are available for hire at a number of outlets in the National Park, enabling people to gain access to some of our finest beaches. Please refer to our list of accessible beaches when planning a visit.
Where to find beach wheelchairs:
Sandy Haven Beach: Herbrandston Post Office, Herbrandston, Milford Haven (01646) 692203
Newport Sands, Newport, Pembrokeshire (0845 345 7275)
Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire (0845 345 7275)