Abersoch, Llŷn Peninsula
This part of North Wales is sailing central. If your kids are keen to learn the ropes or improve their skills in dinghy sailing, kayaking or windsurfing, Abersoch Sailing School will be happy to help. Abersoch’s sandy beach is fairly sheltered with no strong currents, so it's perfect for lazy summer days. There is access to the beach via a very gentle slope near the golf club.
Benllech beach has easy access for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs. The beach, which is on Anglesey’s east coast, is ideal for a family day out. With wide sands, rock pools and safe clear water to enjoy, it’s an appealing place to relax in the sun or try watersports. There are cafés and shops close to the bay, with more in the small holiday town of Benllech.
Prestatyn has four miles of sandy beaches, the most accessible of which is Central Beach. This Blue Flag beach is only half a mile from the town centre, at the northern limit of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail. The facilities are great, with easy parking, outdoor showers, cafés, deckchairs and a new play area. There are lifeguards on duty here in the summer months.
The beach at Rhos-on-Sea is sheltered by a breakwater which ensures the sand never completely disappears, even at high tide. There’s plenty of free parking nearby. Rhos-on-Sea promenade is long and flat, making it suitable for prams and wheelchairs. It is home to the Harlequin Puppet Theatre, Britain’s oldest permanent theatre for marionettes, with regular shows in the holidays.
Whitmore Bay Barry Island
The Barry Island Tourist Information Centre (01446 747171) has three all-terrain beach wheelchairs which they lend out for free – you just need to show some ID. The beach is a real family favourite, but if it’s not sunbathing weather, you could head into Cardiff Bay to go sailing at Cardiff Sailing Centre, which has RYA Sailability training facilities for disabled sailors.
Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire
The wonderful, safe beach at Broad Haven near Haverfordwest is one of several in Pembrokeshire where all-terrain wheelchairs are available to rent. They’re comfortable, with extra wide wheels that can cope with sand and shallow water without sinking. To reserve one in advance, contact Haven Sports Surf Shop on Marine Road (01437 781354, firstname.lastname@example.org).
A number of beaches on the Gower Peninsula have good access, disabled parking and accessible toilets, including Swansea Beach, Caswell Bay, Oxwich Bay, Horton Bay and Port Eynon.
Two floating beach wheelchairs can be hired for free at Caswell Bay from the Council but prior booking is essential by emailing Peter.Beynon@swansea.gov.uk or calling 01792 635718.
New Quay Harbour, Ceredigion
The characterful Victorian terraces which inspired Dylan Thomas so profoundly in the 1940s cluster above a pretty little bay, where sailing dinghies bob in the water at high tide. Many of New Quay’s streets are steep, but there’s sloping access all the way down to the sand. Bottlenose dolphins are often seen just beyond the bay. Discover more about New Quay Harbour beach.
With golden sand and a substantial slipway, Saundersfoot near Tenby is an idyllic spot for sunbathing, swimming and sailing. Saundersfoot has four all-terrain wheelchairs, two full-sized and two child-sized, donated by local charities. These can be hired for a small fee. To book in advance, contact the Tourist Information Centre (01834 813672, email@example.com).
Reached by a winding country lane from the perfect little city of St Davids, this gorgeous Pembrokeshire bay is a firm favourite of swimmers, surfers and holidaymakers camping at one of the nearby campsites. In summer, it’s best to arrive early, especially if you’re driving – it gets busy. The local beach deckchair service (01437 720692) has two all-terrain wheelchairs for hire. Find out more about Whitesands beach.
Pembrokeshire Coast – Easy access beaches
A fleet of 14 specially designed beach wheelchairs for use across the Pembrokeshire Coast are available through an online booking system. A minimum of 48 hours’ notice will be required but once reserved, the wheelchair will be waiting for you at your chosen beach. There are 18 beaches to choose from. A list of easy access beaches and details of their facilities can be found on the Pembrokeshire Coast website.
Accessible Countryside For Everyone: A brilliant resource for finding out more information on accessible places in the UK
Information Now: An article with links to find the nearest public toilets, including disabled toilets and those that are part of the RADAR/National Key Scheme
Tourism For All: Information for disabled rail passengers travelling to Wales
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Access for All: Information on accessible walks, viewpoints, beaches and where to hire beach wheelchairs.
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