The most accessible beaches in the UK including Brighton, Bournemouth and a Cornwall classic

THERE are around 1500 beaches across the United Kingdom and Ireland – but it’s important that you pick the right one for you.

BestBeaches have teamed up with GO Outdoors to create a shortlist of the most accessible beaches.

Brighton beach is one of the most popular beaches in England

Brighton and Hove, Sussex

There’s no doubt that Brighton beach is a firm favourite amongst Brits, but it’s also one of the most accessible in the country.

With ramps down to the promenade, ‘Changing Places’ toilets (with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers) and accessible walkways, Hove’s seafront is a great choice for everyone in need of some seaside air.

Bournemouth beach is the perfect place for a family day out

Bournemouth Beach

Another iconic beach in Britain, merely for its award-winning golden beaches and pleasantly warm water, is Bournemouth beach.

This southern beach has fully accessible cliff lifts and land trains, providing access to both the pier and beach, which you can also take along the promenade. Wheelchair users can also collect sand wheelchairs from the Beach Office.

Summerleaze beach is lined with brightly coloured beach huts

Summerleaze, Cornwall

Just like Bournemouth, Summerleaze beach in Cornwall also allows individuals to borrow sand wheelchairs from their respective Beach office, which also allows users to transport the chairs to other beaches in Cornwall should they desire.

This beach is conveniently situated close to the town centre, with direct wheelchair access to the beach and toilets via a level tarmac path.

Skegness is a long and wide sandy beach

Skegness, Lincolnshire

A family favourite on the east-coast, Skegness offers something for everyone with its fair ground, donkey rides and extensive ice-cream sundae selection.

However, Skegness is also considered to be a very accessible beach, thanks to its efforts over the years which have involved the implementation of tarmac, flat walkways from the main car park to the sand.

The toilets, which are right next to the beach, also have good disabled access – a standard now for the majority of the Lincolnshire coast.

Roseisle Forest is one of the most accessible beaches across the UK

Roseisle Forest, Burghead, Scotland

Visit Roseisle Forest in Burghead to enjoy all that this rugged stretch of coastline has to offer.

Visitors can access the forest on the flat tarmac path, then head to the beach along the wooden boardwalk up to a wheelchair-accessible look-out, where you can enjoy the coastline scenery without getting sand stuck in your wheels.

Poppit sands has golden sand, crystal clear water and stunning views

Poppit sands, Pembrokeshire, Wales

For those in need of an active beach day out, Pembrokeshire’s Adventure Wheelchair Walk at Poppit Sands might be worth a visit, a 380m walkway with spectacular views.

However, for those wanting to dabble in a bit of relaxation, nearby Aberporth beach is an excellent choice too, with both having wheelchairs available to hire.

For those outdoor fanatics, there’s an accessible luxury Safari Tent nearby with a campfire, just five mins drive from Aberaeron situated between three Welsh national parks.

Whitley Bay in Newcastle boasts an incredible lighthouse

Whitley Bay, Newcastle

Whitley Bay is a stunning coastline, with a picturesque lighthouse to view which is just minutes away from an accessible car park.

What makes this beach so accessible however is its all-terrain mobility device called a ‘Hippocampe’ which visitors can rent to access this stunning part of the North East.

The Beach Access North East charity also appointed Paralympic Champion Stephen Miller MBE as its President to ensure everyone can enjoy the rugged landscapes of the North.

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