Accessible walks along the UK’s coast paths

Accessible, Coastal, Walking

Posted by Emma on 28th October 2020

Here in the UK, we are blessed with a stunning coastline and also the ability to explore the coastline at the water’s edge through the many national coast paths winding their way around the country.

Although some of the terrain along the paths can be hard going, there are plenty of easier sections whether you’re in a wheelchair, have a baby buggy to push, or if you simply prefer a less strenuous walk where you’ll still be treated to some beautiful coastal and sea views. Our collection of accessible cottages near the beach will place you perfectly to get out and enjoy these wonderful coastal walks. 

Read on to discover our favourite coastal walks, trails and paths suitable for all.

Accessible cottages near the beach

Accessible walks on the Wales Coast Path

This stunning accessible walk runs through some of Wales’ areas of national importance. Whether it’s for the stunning scenery, the rare and beautiful wildlife or the historic landmarks that you may pass, this path travels the entire length of the Wales coastline so there’s plenty to see!

Stack Rocks to St Govan’s

Stack Rocks to St Govan’s is a lovely 3-and-a-bit mile walk that runs right along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, in West Wales. There is parking at either end, and on the weekends a coastal cruiser wheelchair accessible bus service runs to Stacks Rocks if you don’t fancy walking back to your car.

Aberporth cliff-top trail

The Aberporth cliff-top trail is a 1km long high-quality surfaced path that begins at Headland Place, where there is a car park with allocated parking as well as accessible facilities. The high vantage point from the walk along the cliff tops gives fantastic views across Cardigan Bay and of the Ceredigion coastline. At the end of the trail, there are wheelchair friendly picnic benches that are perfectly placed atop the cliffs for dolphin spotting in Aberporth Bay.

Little Orme walk

The Little Orme walk is a short stretch of high-quality surface trail along the North Wales Coast Path. The focal point of the walk is the smaller of the two headlands on Llandudno Bay, the larger being Great Orme. The path runs to Angle Bay where you can spot seals and dolphins in the water and seabirds in the cliffs and sky.

Accessible cottages in Wales

Great British Coast

Accessible walks on the South West Coast Path

This coast path runs for more than 600 miles through Cornwall, Devon, Exmoor, Somerset and Dorset. Travelling through well-known beauty spots, charming towns and villages, there’s so much to take in as well as the stunning sea views.

Tarka Trail

A lovely walking route in North Devon takes you to Fremington Quay along parts of the Tarka Trail and the South West Coast Path. It’s a circular walk starting at Fremington Quay where there is allocated parking. The trail is an old railway line so is nice and flat and there is an old railway bridge that you will pass under as well as stone waymarkers from when the line was in use. Once you reach the wooden shelter with benches, turn around and head back to Fremington Quay. There are plenty of benches along the way for rest stops too.

Glebe Cliffs

In North Cornwall near the village of Tintagel, famous for its myths and legends, is Glebe Cliffs. There is a car park here and it’s a circular walk. As the name suggests, it is a clifftop, and there is a slight gradient on the walk back. The walk offers some beautiful views out to sea and of Tintagel Island; the route passes through grassland where you can sometimes spot peregrine falcons and kestrels.

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Bolberry Down

Also check out Bolberry Down in South Devon - this walk is relatively flat and would be suitable for wheelchair users or buggies as well as walkers who prefer to walk short distances. The route is just under 2 miles long and is managed by the National Trust who take care to ensure that the path is well maintained and can be used by people in wheelchairs. The walk is a network of paths that run across the cliff tops. It’s particularly beautiful in autumn when the heather and gorse is flowering.

Durlston Country Park

Finally, we also recommend Durlston Country Park in Dorset. This is a circular walk that starts and ends in the Country Park’s car park. The walk is easy, although there is a fairly steep gradient on the way back to the car park, which you can avoid, however, it means backtracking, making the walk longer. The route runs across coastal cliffs, pretty woodland and meadows, past dry stone walls and limestone downloads. There is a hide along the way where you can watch for birds too.

Accessible cottages in the South West

Accessible walks on the Norfolk Coast Path

This coast path is smaller than many others across the UK but is still blessed with some beautiful sea views, and there are plenty of easy access walks to be found along this 45-mile stretch.

Peddars Way

Among the highlights of the Coast Path is the Peddars Way. Where the path runs through the coastal village of Blakeney, there is a nice short walk which you can extend further depending on your abilities or how you feel after completing the first half a mile. The path is surfaced, although not tarmacked, and there is a car park with allocated parking that is on hard ground.

Wells Sea Wall

The Wells Sea Wall path along the seafront is surfaced with tarmac so makes for nice easy going and offers some lovely views over the salt marshes. The walk is about a mile long and there is plenty of parking which is also on tarmac.

Accessible cottages in Norfolk

A map of accessible walks along the UK’s coast paths

Further inspiration

For more inspiration on your accessible holiday in the UK, we have created a series of informative guides to help make the most of your stay:

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If you'd like to take on these trails or perhaps just explore somewhere new, you'll find plenty of accessible holiday cottages to choose from among our collection that'll be the perfect base for your next adventure in the UK. Just click the button below to have a browse.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.