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BEAUTIFUL DEVON. GREAT PLACE TO VISIT FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS

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Our holidays in Paignton, Torquay, Dartmouth and a visit to an amazing Berry Head Nature Reserve

Our wheelchair accessible itinerary:

Day 1: Paignton Pier, Harbour, Walk along the seafront

Day 2: Steam train from Paignton station and a river ferry to Dartmouth

Day 3: walk to Torquay – seafront, pier, harbour. Return to Paignton by bus

Day 4: Berry Head Nature Reserve

Berry Head Nature Reserve

PAIGNTON

Paignton, harbour
Paignton

We visited this picturesque town at the end of May 2023. We travelled by car and stayed in Travelodge Seafront which offers wheelchair accessible room (with a wet room) at the seafront, free blue badge parking, spacious lift and beds with a gap underneath big enough to fit our portable hoist. It is also a pet friendly hotel which enabled us to take our miniature jack russel, Jack. And we all had a great time 🙂

Travelodge Paignton Seafront
Travelodge Paignton Seafront, wheelchair accessible twin room
Travelodge Paignton Seafront, wet room

We started with going to the pier, which was only a few minutes walk from our accommodation. It is free to enter and offers restaurants, arcades and a crazy golf full of dinosaurs. There is a disabled toilet and a changing room with a hoist a short walk from the pier towards the harbour. There are a few nice restaurants around the harbour, most of them have seating outside, with lovely sea views.

Boardwalk along the beach towards Paignton Pier
Paignton Pier
Paignton Pier
Paignton Pier
Paignton Pier, arcades
Paignton Pier, arcades
Wheelchair accessible toilet by the pier in Paignton
Changing room by the pier in Paignton
Information how to access the changing room, Paignton. More information here New Changing Places facility now open in Paignton – Torbay Council
Paignton, harbour
Paignton. Evening walk along the seafront (towards Torquay)
Paignton, along the seafront
Paignton, large green space along the seafront

Along the main road, there is a Shopmobility shop which offers wheelchairs and mobility scooters hire Shopmobility Paignton – Support Organisations in PAIGNTON, Paignton – English Riviera

In Paignton, you can also relax by going to Vue Cinema, located at the seafront, opposite the pier. All of the screens have wheelchair accessible spaces. Screen 1 and 3 have wheelchair spaces located at the rear, the other screens at the front. See more here: Torbay Cinema | Torbay Cinema Film Listings & Times | Vue (myvue.com)

There are a few nice places to eat along the seafront and harbour, but the one we would really like to recommend is The Redcliffe Bar. The quality of food was excellent and it was also reasonably priced. The restaurant offers wheelchair accessible seating area indoors and outdoors with amazing sea view (there was one step to go out, which we could manage in a power chair)

Paignton, The Redcliffe Bar
Paignton, The Redcliffe Bar
Paignton, The Redcliffe Bar
Paignton, The Redcliffe Bar
Paignton, sea view from The Redcliffe Bar

Steam Train adventure with Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company

We had a great day out going by a steam train from Paignton to Kingswear and then crossing the river on a ferry to Dartmouth. We didn’t book any tickets in advance, but had no problems with accessibility. The ramps were ready at the station and the staff were very helpful.

Paignton, waiting at the platform to board a steam train
Dartmouth Steam Railway. At the railway station
Paignton train station
Dartmouth Steam Railway. Ramp to board a steam train
Dartmouth Steam Railway. On the steam train
Dartmouth Steam Railway. On the steam train
Dartmouth Steam Railway. On the steam train
Dartmouth Steam Railway. On the steam train
Dartmouth Steam Railway

The journey to Kingswear lasted about 30 minutes and was filled with stunning views. After we arrived in Kingswear, we boarded a river ferry and crossed the river Dart and spent some time in Dartmouth. Then back on the ferry and a train to Paignton.

Boarding a river crossing ferry
On the river ferry

You can find more information on the Steam Railway and river ferry on the website Steam Train | Dartmouth Steam Railway (dartmouthrailriver.co.uk) and explore other possibilities of day trips here Dartmouth Steam Railway And River Boat Company (dartmouthrailriver.co.uk)

Poster advertising Dartmouth Steam Railway

In Dartmouth, we had a really nice time by the river. As soon as you get off the ferry, you can find a few nice cafes, go crabbing or spend nice time in a nearby park, Royal Avenue Gardens, where you can also find a disabled toilet.

Dartmouth
Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Royal Avenue Gardens
Dartmouth. Disabled toilet in Royal Avenue Gardens
Kingswear, at the train station

TORQUAY

The next day, we followed a cycle path from Paignton to Torquay. It was a very nice stroll along the coast. We have stayed in Torquay before and enjoyed a nice boarwalk along the sea with great coastal views, so it was nice to go back there.

On the cycle path from Paignton to Torquay
Torquay
One of the coastal fast food restaurants in Torquay
Torquay, on the pier
Wheelchair accessible toilet in Torqay
At the boardwalk in Torquay
At the boardwalk in Torquay

After spending a few hours in Torquay, we decided to catch a bus back to Paignton. The buses run frequently and all have wheelchair ramps. The bus stop in Torqauy was located opposite the pier.

On the bus from Torquay to Paignton

BRIXHAM, Berry Head Nature Reserve

On the last day of our stay, we decided to go to Berry Head Nature Reserve in Brixham, located about 20 minutes drive from Paignton. Surrounded by water on three sides, it is a tranquil place with stunning coastal views, a variety of wildlife to spot and interesting history. It definitely is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been to. Lots of the paths are wide and even, but there are also some parts that are more challenging. However, we had no problems to get to the lighthouse and the view points in a power chair. See more information here Berry Head Nature Reserve & Cafe – Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust (countryside-trust.org.uk).

Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve

A great place to visit when you are in Berry Head is The Guardhouse Cafe. It is located right by a beautiful coastal view, offers fantastic freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches and cakes, all reasonably priced. Both indoor and outdoor seating areas are fully wheelchair accessible and also dog friendly. See opening times and the menu here Guardhouse Cafe |

The Guardhouse Cafe, outside seating area
Berry Head Nature Reserve, The Guardhouse Cafe Our Menus | Guardhouse Cafe
In The Guardhouse Cafe
Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve
Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve
Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve

There is a spacious car park on entry with no height restriction. However, you need to pay for it even if you have a blue badge. The cost of parking was 60p per 20 minutes if parked up to 4 hours and 7 pounds for parking over 4 hours.

Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve

An interesting thing to see is the lighthouse, which is the highest and, at the same time, the shortest in the country.

Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve.
Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve
Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve. Path leading to the lighthouse
Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve
Brixham, Berry Head Nature Reserve

We had amazing four days in Devon and we hope that by writing this article we will encourage others to go and explore those beautiful coastal places and also have a great time.

3 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL DEVON. GREAT PLACE TO VISIT FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS”

  1. nicholas robin quested

    Thankyou for al this info, we are visiting in August and this has been so helpful
    as I am in an elctric wheelcair, it all looks great and looks like you had a good time we certainly will be doing some of the things on your list ,thanks again.

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