Accessible walks along the UK’s coast paths

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Posted by Emma on 28th October 2020

Accessible walks along the UK’s coast paths

Here in the UK, we are blessed with a stunning coastline and also the ability to explore said coastline a stone's throw from the water 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, you’ll still be treated to some beautiful coastal and sea views. Our collection of accessible cottages near the beach will set you up perfectly to get out and enjoy these wonderful coastal walks. 

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

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Accessible walks on the Wales Coast Path

This stunning accessible trail 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 will pass, this course traverses the entire length of the Wales coastline so there’s always plenty to see!


Stack Rocks to St Govan’s

Stack Rocks to St Govan’s

Stack Rocks to St Govan’s is a lovely 3-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

Aberporth cliff-top trail

The Aberporth cliff-top trail, just over 0.5 miles, is a high-quality surfaced path that begins at Headland Place, where you'll find a car park with allocated parking and accessible facilities. The high vantage point from the walk along the cliff tops gives fantastic views across Cardigan Bay, as well as 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

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 taking to the wind.

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Accessible walks on the South West Coast Path

This coastal 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 local culture to take in as well as stunning sea views.


Tarka Trail at Fremington Quay

Tarka Trail

A lovely walking route in North Devon, spanning 180 miles and inspired by Tarka the Otter, the Tarka Trail will take you to Fremington Quay, Instow and beyond as part of the South West Coast Path. Start at Fremington Quay, where there is allocated parking, and follow the old railway line which is nice and flat. Watch out for cyclists as you pass under an old railway bridge and proceed to the stone waymarkers from when the line was in use. Alternatively, begin in Instow and take in the views of the yachts on the estuary as you head towards the Little White Town of Bideford. There are plenty of benches along the way for rest stops too.



Glebe Cliffs


Glebe Cliffs

In North Cornwall near the village of Tintagel, famous for its myths and legends, is Glebe Cliffs. This circular walk provides you with a car park as a start-off point. 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

Bolberry Down

You must 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 cover only 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 wheelchair friendly. The walk is a network of paths that run across the cliff tops and is particularly beautiful in autumn when the heather and gorse is flowering.


Durlston Country Park

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 considered easy, although there is a fairly steep gradient on the way back to the car park. This can be avoided if necessary - however, it requires 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 stop and watch for birds too.

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Accessible walks on the Norfolk Coast Path

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

Peddars Way

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 mile. The path is surfaced, although not tarmacked, and there is a car park with allocated parking on hard ground.


Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells-next-the-Sea

The Wells-next-the-Sea Wall path along the seafront is surfaced with tarmac so makes for a nice and easy stroll, and offers some lovely views over the salt marshes. The walk is about a mile long and there is plenty of tarmacked parking.

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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 amongst our collection. Make it the perfect base for your next adventure in the UK. Just click the button below to have a browse.

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