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UK’s assessable beaches

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a beach wheelchair Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Summer is finally here, but thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic travelling abroad may not be quite so easy as usual depending on your favoured destination.

As substitute, and of course keeping social distancing measures in place, why not head to one of the beaches in the UK?

Well, for some going to a sandy surface may be just as frustrating as being quarantined in a foreign country, especially if you are in a wheelchair.

Never fear, as we have complied a list of accessible beaches across the UK so all you have to worry about is to avoid being burnt to a crisp and being stuck in traffic for hours on your journey home.

Boscombe Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset

Boscombe beach has “disabled access beach huts” on the sand which have enough space for four wheelchairs and the option to join two huts into one if you are sunbathing with a large party.

Each hut has a charging point for electric scooters and wooden walkways winding down to the beach. There’s also a hoist attached to the ceiling in case you need it.

Once on the sand you can rent a beach wheelchair from the Boscombe Beach Office and if you fancy exploring the cliffs never fear, there are free accessible lifts so you can witness the breath-taking views with a companion.

There are also accessible trains to other destinations and if you email in advance you may be able to blag free accessible parking.

Broad Haven Beach, Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest,Wales

If you are wheeling around Wales looking for somewhere to catch some rays you could do a lot worse chilling at this popular tourist spot.

Just be cautious at high tide when the beach can be a bit on the narrow side, but at low tide there’s plenty of sand to cover if you rent one of the all-terrain wheelchairs, which can also be taken into the sea, providing its shallow, calm water.

You will need to book beach wheelchairs in advance by emailing

Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, South Wales

Recreate your favourite Gavin and Stacey scenes by the seaside by hiring one of the free beach wheelchairs on offer at this picturesque coastline, all you need is to take along photo ID and you can find out ‘what’s occurring’

North Berewick Beach, North Berwick, Scotland

The very first seaside in Scotland which offered beach wheelchairs is regarded as the most accessible beach in the country.

When you collect your wheelchair (which needs to be pre-booked by emailing ) a volunteer will show you the ropes on how to use it before you spend a relaxing day on the beach admiring the views.

Beach Wheelchairs are equipped with large, wide wheels which can roll across the sand without sinking.