Padstow is a great place to explore for all. The following information is intended to advice those that need assistance with mobility. Please contact the staff in the Tourist Information Office if you require further information.
All accommodation is obliged to produce an accessibility statement which gives you specific information about the property including number of steps, width of doors, floor space in the room, bed height etc.Most accommodation providers put this statement on their website but if not you can request it from them before booking.
There are disabled spaces in all the public car parks – these incur a charge.
There are 4 disabled parking spaces on Broad Street (3 on the right hand side and 1 above the loading bay on the left). These are free but are limited to 3 hours.
Disabled badge holders may park on double yellow lines for a limited period (please click here for further information and check your badge literature for information and restrictions*). Please be aware that many of Padstow’s streets have an additional yellow stripe running over the curb which means that parking here is completely prohibited. The only places that don’t have the extra stripe are the North Quay, just past the Tourist Office (PL28 8AF) and South Quay outside the Drang (PL28 8AJ).
*Whilst we are happy to advise on disabled parking we cannot be held responsible for anyone receiving a parking notice as a result of illegal parking.
There are disabled toilets on South Quay, North Quay opposite the Tourist Office, outside the Council Offices in the railway car park and on the ring road car park. All require a radar key. Keys can be purchased online from companies such as http://www.radarkeys.org/ or http://www.radar-shop.org.uk/Detail.aspx?id=0.
Black Tor Ferry to Rock
The Black Tor passenger ferry between Padstow and Rock has been designed to take wheelchairs. It has a ramp that comes down at the front so that you can wheel straight on. At low tide the ferry runs from the lower beach and this is not wheelchair friendly. It is better to wait for the tide to come in and get the ferry from the ferry slip. At Rock the ferry puts down on the beach. At very high tide, it goes straight onto the slip way.
Things to Do
Some of the South West Coast Path is suitable for wheelchairs including the first part from Padstow Harbour to Tregirls Beach and Polzeath to St Enodoc. More information about accessible walks is available from www.walkswithwheelchairs.com/ and Cornwall County Council. Details about accessible beaches in Cornwall from Accessible Countryside.
The Camel Trail is fairly level and the surface is suitable for wheelchairs. Additionally the bike hire centres have wheelchairs that fit in front of their hire bikes so that someone can cycle while pushing your wheelchair. This way you can explore the Trail with the rest of your family.
The National Trust has a free information booklet; “Information for Visitors with Disabilities”, which gives information on the Trust’s most accessible properties. Visit the National Trust website for more info. Free admission is available at all National Trust properties to the necessary companion of a disabled visitor. Contact them for more details: 01793 817634 email@example.com
English Heritage also have an annual “Guide for Disabled Visitors”. Braille, tape and large print versions are also available. Visit the English Heritage website which has a specific area with information for visitors with disabilities.The free booklet can be obtained at many English Heritage sites or by contacting: Tel: 0870 3331181 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can hire a wheelchair from Trail Bike Hire while you are here.
Concern Wadebridge is a Registered Charity based in The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge PL27 7BX. Tel: 01208 812392. They are a member of ShopMobility and loan mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walking aids to help people access Wadebridge and The Camel Trail. They also offer a delivery service if you are staying in Padstow. Please call them at least 24 hours in advance when booking.
You can also hire equipment from Tremorvah Industries in Truro.
The British Red Cross in Truro loan equipment such as wheelchairs, high back chairs, commodes, wheeled shower chairs etc. They deliver for a suggested doanation of £10. Contact them at Lighterage Hill, Truro, TR1 2XR 01872 267953
Wheelchairs specially adapted for beaches can also be hired at some beach locations, please see the hire map here.
More information to assist your stay is available from Visit Cornwall.