Accessible Visits

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Travel

The New Forest is easily accessible by a number of transport options, under two hours from London by car or train. Southampton and Bournemouth airports are also under an hour away. Once in the New Forest, there are so many ways to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Brockenhurst train station is the main train station in the New Forest, on the South West Trains London Waterloo to Weymouth line, as well as offering direct trains via Cross Country from Manchester and the East Midlands. Brockenhurst train station has recently undergone a multi-million pound deveopment and now has lift access to all platforms. You can book assistance at the station when you book your tickets. There are also smaller train stations at Ashurst New Forest, Beaulieu Road, Sway, New Milton, Lymington Town and Lymington Pier.

The New Forest Tour is a seasonal open-top bus, which enables you to explore the National Park car-free. The lower floor of the New Forest Tour is fully accessible, with a ramp for wheelchair access. Large print guides are also available on request.

A number of public bus services also run to and within the New Forest, which have full wheelchair access, more details can be found from More bus.

The New Forest National Park is home to 26 miles of glorious coastline, and a number of boat and ferry operators can help you to explore. Hythe Ferry is wheelchair accessible and there are ramps to the ferry. The Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry operated by Wightlink has passenger lifts and ramps are available to help wheelchair users.

Accommodation

Visit www.thenewforest.co.uk for full accessible visitor information for the New Forest area, including accommodation, activities and places to eat and drink. Explore the New Forest also has a comprehensive list of accessible accommodation. 

Activities

The New Forest National Park is a haven for outdoor exploration, a lot of which can be adapted for individual needs. You can also find a number accessible walks on the National Park Authority website.

Accessible Walks

Cyclexperience has a range of inclusive bikes available for hire suitable for a number of disabilities, as well as tandem and electric bikes within their main cycle hire fleet. This means that groups can enjoy cycling on over 100 miles of safe, off-road cycle routes in the New Forest whatever their ability. 

The Community Toilet Scheme makes it easier for many people to explore the New Forest without worrying about the availability of public toilets. Businesses who are a part of the scheme display a window sticker showing the toilet facilities they are able to offer to the public.

There are a number of centres in the New Forest offering outdoor and indoor activities that have accessible features or can be adapted for individual needs.

If you prefer time afloat, there are two Sailability centres, at Blashford Lakes and in Lymington, with facilities provided for a wide range of disabilities.

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