Travelling with limited mobility?
If you’ve ever wondered what the facilities and accessibility are like around our parks, we’ve done some research for you. Every park in the Tranquil Parks network is independently owned and operated, so accessibility varies from park to park.
By law, park owners are required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ and it’s up to each park to determine what those are. We can’t guarantee that every Tranquil Park will be able to meet your particular needs, but we’re sure that our park owners and managers will always do their best to accommodate you.
Please talk to our parks beforehand
It’s always best to call a park before you book to ensure that it’s suitable. If possible, they’ll reserve a pitch for you that’s close to the facilities you need. Don’t forget that the earlier you book, the more likely you are to have a choice of pitches.
All of our parks have resident owners, managers or wardens. They’ll be happy to answer any questions and provide any help you may need during your stay.
Getting around our parks
Our touring parks are mostly very flat, which makes getting around easier whether you’re using a wheelchair, mobility scooter or a walking aid.
Some Tranquil Parks have tarmac roadways and stone pathways, but many do have gravel. If you have an electric wheelchair or scooter with the right kind of wheels, or if the gravel has been compacted over time, it’s not usually a problem. However, gravel can be difficult for manual wheelchair users, so please check before you book.
When it comes to accessing communal buildings, here’s a quick look at some of the parks that have prioritised easy access:
- Two Mills Touring Park in Norfolk has slopes (as well as stairs) to the reception, guest lounge and information centre.
- Eye Kettleby Lakes in Leicestershire has a clubhouse which is all on one level. There’s a ramp leading from the disabled car parking spaces up to the clubhouse, as well as a disabled toilet in the clubhouse.
- Stroud Hill Park in Cambridgeshire has all the facilities on one level and entrances which will easily take a wheelchair. This includes the main toilet block and restaurant/bar area.
- Blue Rose and Brookside Country Parks in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are also very flat with ramp access to the reception and communal buildings.
- At Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park in Somerset, Blue Badge holders are allocated a pitch closest to the facilities and a disabled space in the car park. On arrival, simply pull up to the security barrier and one of the team will collect, pitch and level your caravan ready for you to drive over and unload when you’ve checked in. The entrances to all facilities are at road level with minimal threshold to entry.
- Greendale Farm Caravan and Camping Park in Rutland says that wherever possible, anyone with mobility needs will be given priority for a pitch close to the shower block. The earlier you’re booked in, the more likely they’ll be able to achieve this, so it might not be possible for a last-minute booking. Although they don’t provide wheelchair access to the shower block, they do have RNIB approved showers with audible alerts.
Whether you need to get a wheelchair into a bathroom or if you need to have an additional person to assist, many Tranquil Parks provide spacious toilet and shower suites or wetrooms with extra-wide doorways, grab rails, shower seats and fittings at the right height for wheelchair users. The following parks wanted to promote their facilities in this article:
- Somers Wood Touring Park in Warwickshire has a large separate disabled facility away from the main shower block. Keys are available from reception and guests can reserve pitches close by.
- Two Mills Touring Park also has a dedicated large disabled suite with nearby pitches.
- Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park has a fully equipped disabled suite with wheelchair ramp access if required.
- Greenacres Touring Park in Somerset has a wet room big enough for a wheelchair.
- York Caravan Park has a full disabled suite with step-free access.
- At Eye Kettleby Lakes, you’ll find the toilet and shower blocks are all level with easy access. Each block has disabled facilities within a short distance of the pitches.
- Stroud Hill Park has one large disabled toilet which requires a key available from reception for the duration of your stay.
- Blue Rose Country Parkhas a fully equipped walk-in shower room with heating, toilet facilities and a sink.
- Brookside Country Park has a disabled toilet and sink area plus grip rails in the shower facility
Some parks provide access to disabled facilities through the national Radar key scheme. These include:
- Cherry Tree Springs, Lincolnshire
- Old Oaks Touring Camping and Glamping, Somerset
- Waterrow Touring Park, Somerset
- Wells Touring Park, Somerset
- Fields End Water Caravan Park, Cambridgeshire
Disabled facilities shown on website
These Tranquil Parks also feature disabled facilities on their websites:
- Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park, Powys
- Red Kite Touring Park, Powys
- Back of Beyond Touring Park, Dorset
- Charoland Farm, Lancashire
- Wolds View Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- Long Acres Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- Lamb Cottage Caravan Park, Cheshire
- Tyddn Du Touring Park, Conwy
- Longnor Wood Holiday Park, Derbyshire
- Three Castles Country Caravan Park, Monmouthshire
- South Wales Touring Park, Carmarthenshire
- Plough Lane Caravan Site, Wiltshire, and
- Woodland Springs Touring Park, Devon
Accessible outings and activities
York Caravan Park has a bus stop at the site entrance from where you can go into York, the Yorkshire Moors and the coast. The buses will drop down to kerb level for step-free access.
The National Railway Museum is disabled friendly, as is York Minster, the Yorkshire Museum (in the Museum Gardens), York Castle Museum, and many other of the attractions that York has to offer.
At Eye Kettleby Lakes, guests are able to park up next to the fishing pegs for easy access to the fishing lakes. Lakes 2 and 3 are the bases for both of the toilets with sloped entry and equipment aids. The toilet outside Lake 3 is ideally situated at the bottom of lake 4.
If you’re visiting Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park or Plough Lane Caravan Site, Bath and Bristol Park & Ride schemes operate wheelchair accessible vehicles and Blue Badge Parking. See the Accessibility Guides for Bath City and Bristol City Council.
You’ll find accessibility guides or statements on some Tranquil Parks websites to help you assess their suitability. Some of these statements may provide very detailed information, such as door widths and ramp gradients. Accessibility guides are not required by law, but they are required by some rating bodies such as Visit England. Please follow the links below to view the access statements:
- Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
- Blue Rose Country Park
- Brookside Country Park
- Overbrook Caravan Park
- Lamb Cottage Caravan Park
- Longnor Wood Holiday Park
- Greendale Farm Caravan & Camping Park
- Briarfields Motel Touring Park
- Three Castles
- Somers Wood
- York Caravan Park
We sincerely hope you enjoy your next visit to a Tranquil Park – whatever mobility needs you may have.