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Accessibility in North Devon

Visitors exploring West Exmoor
Trampers are available to hire | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

We aim to make our places as accessible as possible and are continually working hard to improve accessibility across National Trust land in North Devon.

Arlington court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Trampers and shuttle buggy: At Arlington court there are two Trampers available to hire, which can be taken out on the estate via the popular lake walk and even down into the bird hide, perfect to sit and watch the birds and wildlife on the estate.

Most days there is also a shuttle buggy running between visitor reception, the tea-room, House and Carriage Museum for visitors and has a wheelchair accessible space.

Dogs: Dogs and assistance dogs are welcome in the carriage museum, garden, wider estate and the Servant’s Hall (additional seating for the tea-room with a cosy log burner in winter months).

Access information: Accessible toilets are next to the tea-room and there is lots of seating throughout the site. Visitors can be dropped off behind our visitor reception for easy access, or park in designated blue badge spaces in the main carpark. Hearing loops are available throughout the property.

For Tramper booking or if you have any questions around accessibility at Arlington court and the National Trust Carriage Museum please call: 01271 850296

Visitor using a Tramper mobility scooter at Heddon Valley, Devon
Visitor using a Tramper mobility scooter at Heddon Valley, Devon | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Heddon Valley

Trampers: Two accessible routes starting from the Heddon Valley have been put in place following a partnership working with Countryside Mobility South West. There is a 2 mile circular route to Heddon’s Mouth and a 5 mile linear route to Woody Bay. Both routes take in the natural woodland and stunning clifftop views along the West Exmoor coastline.

These routes are suitable for all-terrain mobility scooters (trampers) and also pushchairs so the whole family can come along too. Both routes cover challenging terrain, so we recommend that you have prior experience using a Tramper before attempting these routes.

Dogs: All dogs are welcome throughout the valley, including in the Pantry Cafe and welcome hub.

Access information: Heddon Valley has dedicated Blue Badge parking located close to the National Trust welcome hub where an accessible toilet is also located.

To find out more or pre-book a Tramper (recommended) please call 01598 763402.

Four people, one on a mobility vehicle, coming up a path through a steep valley with the sea behind them in the distance
Visitors at Heddon Valley | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre

Tramper and beach wheelchair: Both a Tramper and a beach wheelchair are available to hire as part of the Countryside Mobility scheme from the Tourist Information Centre, which can be found on the Esplanade looking over the beach. There are three unique Tramper routes to choose from- across the beach, across the dunes and up through the wooded Combesgate valley.

Additional information: There is an accessible toilet in the town centre and at the Porthole café.

Please ask the Tourist Information Centre for more information or to book your Tramper call 01271 870553.

Baggy Point

This popular walk with stunning views is power wheelchair and buggy friendly. Please take the lower path to reach the point for this option.

Accessible path and seating area: In Croyde we have created a seasonal accessible path, with a stunning sea view.

The Lime Kiln field, where this path is located can be found opposite the Ocean Pitch Campsite. It is an all-weather sweeping stone path which leads towards the sea where accessible benches are located to enjoy the view looking over the beach. This path is open annually April to September.

Additional informations: Dedicated blue badge parking and an accessible toilet is available at the National Trust Baggy Point car park. The popular Sandleigh café has a level entrance to its outdoor seating area and team members are happy to help with any accessibility requirements.

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