Making the fantastic attractions of Cornwall accessible for everyone
Friday 10th March, 2017
At Gwel an Mor we are proud to offer top quality accessible lodges for people who are seeking disabled holiday accommodation in Cornwall. Our local area makes an amazing destination for anyone who is looking for exciting attractions that take account of the needs of those with limited mobility. Here are just some of the highlights:
Be amazed by The Eden Project
The world-famous Eden Project was named Best Tourist Attraction for Access and Inclusivity at the 2016 Cornwall Tourism Awards – and it is easy to see why. They have put exceptional thought and consideration into ensuring that all their guests have a great visit. Eden welcomes all types of mobility vehicle and they have 40 manual wheelchairs of their own which they can loan free of charge. In the winter months, they even allow manual wheelchairs on to their famous ice rink!
Hit those beaches.
Cornwall is renowned for its glorious, unspoilt beaches. Cornwall Council and DisAbility Cornwall have joined forces to provide Sand Chairs at some of Cornwall’s top beaches, including Fistral Beach, Polzeath, Porthminster and even the famous causeway at St Michael’s Mount. Sand Chairs are a special type of all-terrain wheelchair with large inflatable tyres which make them much easier to move about on the beach. You can find an up to date list of the beaches where these are available on the council’s website here.
Cycle the Camel Trail
The beautiful Camel Trail runs through glorious countryside between Wadebridge and Padstow. It follows the route of a former railway and therefore contains no steep gradients. It is a wonderful place to relax and get close to nature at any time of the year. You will find that there are friendly local companies such as Bike Smart in Wadebridge who can help with the hire of specially adapted cycles for those using the Camel Trail. These include wheelchair tandems, which enable those with limited mobility to experience the thrill of cycling this popular trail.
Explore the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
This award-winning attraction is a modern purpose built museum which was planned with the needs of those with limited mobility in mind. It is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lift and ramp access to all floors, including the fascinating Tidal Galleries and the Tower, with its spectacular view over Falmouth Harbour. The museum always has an imaginative range of exhibitions and special events on offer. A highlight for the coming year will be a special exhibition about Captain Bligh and the infamous Mutiny on the Bounty. Companions who are required to assist any disabled visitor will be admitted free of charge.
Meet the local wildlife!
Of course, we had to mention our very own Feadon Farm, situated right here at Gwel an Mor Resort. With easy access, this is the only wildlife centre of its kind in Europe. You can get up close and personal with our magical animals, under the expert guidance of our skilled rangers. The activities include hand feeding our rescue foxes, taking part in falconry, badger watching and meeting our friendly resident reindeer!
A wonderful, accessible destination
These is just a brief selection of the great attractions in Cornwall that work hard to ensure that visitors with accessibility needs are given a very warm welcome. Visit Cornwall have created a handy page of useful contacts for further information which you can find here.
Then you can start planning that dream trip to Cornwall!