Accessible Days Out on the North West Coast

Ask most people if they’ve visited the North West coast, and they’ll tell you they’ve been to the Lake District or Blackpool.

Whilst both locations are unique in their own right, I can’t help thinking visitors are missing out because there’s so much more to the North West Coast of England.

The North West coast is wheelchair friendly if you like walking on beach promenades. It has many wheelchair accessible attractions, accessible towns and cities, nature reserves and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

So, when Preston based Mobility Smart asked me to put together a quick guide to wheelchair-friendly days out on the North West coast, I jumped at the chance.

What are you waiting for if you haven’t ventured this far North or West?

Wheelchair Accessible North West Coast of England

  • The Wirral Penninsula
  • New Brighton
  • Liverpool
  • Crosby Beach
  • Formby Pine Woods
  • Southport
  • Lytham
  • Blackpool
  • Morecambe
  • The Lake District

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North West Coast Wheelchair Friendly Days Out

The Wirral

Wirral Coastline

The Wirral peninsula boasts some of the most diverse coastlines. Having walked all of the Wirral Coastal Path and Wirral Way (not with a wheelchair), I’m ideal for vouching for its beauty, tranquillity and unrivalled charm.

Starting in the south along the Dee Estuary, a visit to Burton Mere Wetlands is necessary. The RSPB property has accessible parking, a visitor centre and paths.

Moving further along the coast and slightly inland are the impressive Ness Botanic Gardens. The gardens offer concessionary rates to disabled visitors and have accessible routes through the gardens and wheelchairs for hire. Take a look at the Ness Botanic Gardens accessibility statement.

For me, the next step has got to be the village of Parkgate. Parkgate is popular with visitors simply because of its quaintness, a small village with a big heart. I love to walk alongside the silted estuary and then catch my breath with genuinely delicious ice cream from the world-famous Nicholls Ice Cream Parlour.

As we continue our journey around the peninsula, especially if you’re fond of a picnic, why not spend the day at Wirral Country Park at Thurstaston.

And finally, for a day at the beach, you should consider visiting West Kirby. There is a wheelchair friendly promenade and a sandy beach to while away the hours if you’re able.

You can walk out to Hilbre Island for the more adventurous and mobile, but be warned, the tide comes in quick, and I, like many, have been caught out and stranded until the next low tide. On reflection, do not try that in a wheelchair :-)

New Brighton

Wheelchair Friendly Day Out in New Brighton

Being born and bred in Liverpool on the North West coast, New Brighton was not only a regular day out, dare I say it, like going abroad!!!

A trip on the Mersey Ferry and a stroll along the River Mersey was an absolute treat. It was then and is today.

New Brighton sits on the mouth of Liverpool Bay and has undergone a significant facelift. Today, as well as a wheelchair walk on the prom, New Brighton has plenty of eateries, bars, a funfair, arcades and even its castle at Fort Perch Rock.

Liverpool

Wheelchair Friendly Days Out in Liverpool

In my Liverpool home, I mean, cmon, Liverpool is the centre of the universe and whatever your thing, Liverpool has it in abundance.

We have a thriving town centre with every conceivable style of shop, restaurant, bar and entertainment venue. Liverpool One is a must if you’ve got cash to spend or love window shopping.

We pay homage to our four favourite sons in The Cavern Club and The Beatles Story. Celebrate our football dominance with two cathedrals at Anfield and Goodison. Practice our faith in two other cathedrals in, the Liverpool Cathedral and Christ the King.

And we recognise our history and culture with an array of museums and galleries.

If you’re only visiting for the day, then the world-famous Albert Dock is a must (watch out for the cobbles), as is a trip on the world-famous Mersey Ferry.

If you’ve got any energy left after a day in the metropolis, why not head north out of Liverpool to Crosby Beach.

Wheelchair Friendly Days Out in Crosby

My stomping ground, this beautiful section of coastline is home to geologically significant dunes, Anthony Gormley’s Iron Men and the Crosby Adventure Centre. If nothing else, take a bracing wheelchair walk on the Sefton Coastal Path and blow the cobwebs off.

Top Tip: Take a Look at Wheelchair Friendly Things to do in Liverpool

Southport

Days Out in Southport

Somewhat forgotten as a wheelchair-friendly destination on the North West coast, Southport is like a walk back in time.

There aren’t many towns in the UK that have maintained their Victorian charm, but Southport is one of them.

Take a bimble along Lord Street with its timeless shops and Victorian arcades, chill in one of the many cafes or tea rooms, and no visit to Southport would be complete without indulging yourself in seaside fish and chips.

If you have young ones, head for the beach, entertain them in the adventure playground, or feel energetic, take a walk along Southport Pier for stunning coastline views and across the Irish Sea.

Lytham

Visit Lytham in Lancashire

Okay, I’ll admit it, Lytham is my secret pleasure because when I need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s Lytham I head to.

I’m still not sure if it’s Lytham or Lytham St Anne’s, but whatever it’s called, I love this little section of the Fylde coast.

With one main shopping street, relaxed atmosphere, a windmill and a lovely walk on the promenade, Lytham is well worth dropping into on your way to its busier neighbour Blackpool.

Blackpool

Days Out in Blackpool for Wheelchair Users

What can you say about Blackpool that hasn’t already been said?

Yes, I love to see the lights in the winter months, yes, I love a walk on the seafront, and yes, I have been known to take afternoon tea in the ballroom and brave a trip to the top of the tower.

But, generally, Blackpool is too busy for me when I’m pushing Bridget’s wheelchair, so I avoid it during the peak season. I prefer Lytham or the next stop on the coast, Cleveleys.

Despite my reservations, Blackpool is the entertainment capital of the north. As seaside towns go, Blackpool does it bigger, better, and with so much razzamatazz, you have to visit at least once.

Every time I write about Blackpool, I’m being unfair. Therefore, I will make a concerted effort this year to visit and see if it can change my tone – watch this space!

Morecambe

Days Out in Morecambe on the North West Coast

Morecambe is another forgotten seaside town on the North West coast. If you read this post’s Top 5 Reasons to Visit Morecambe, you’ll know I’m a big fan.

Bridget and I reluctantly visited Morecambe. When I say reluctantly, I mean we didn’t hold much hope because it just didn’t get the recognition it deserves for one reason or another.

Thankfully, we were surprised. We were impressed and had one of the best wheelchair walks ever. I can recommend a walk around Morecambe Bay and on the stone jetty.

We are long overdue a return visit so look out for us bimbling around Morecambe soon :-)

Lake District

Honestly, I love the Lake District but not in a wheelchair – there, I said it.

The Lake District is unquestionably the jewel in the crown, but not in a wheelchair. If you visit (in my opinion), you need a car to go from place to place. I’m not the best person to promote the Lake District, not in a wheelchair anyway.

If you are adventurous and want to explore the lakes, I recommend visiting two of my good friends, Carrie-Ann Lightley and Debbie from Access The Dales.

These intrepid wheelchair users can give you more details about using a chair in the Lake District.

And Finally

Wow, my quick guide turned into a long blog post in proper fashion. I’m glad you reached the end.

Can I say a big thank you to *Mobility Smart for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to talk about my beloved North West coast!

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