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Discover Surrey in a Wheelchair Accessible Car

Discovering Surrey in a Wheelchair Accessible Car

Located just 16 miles from London, the county of Surrey is a relaxing escape destination steeped in history and wildlife, with historic market towns and an excellent range of attractions.  If you’ve retired to Surrey or are no longer able to get around as freely, then investing in a wheelchair access vehicle can help you to explore your new home county. A diverse an engaging location, Surrey offers plenty of fantastic days out all of which will be stress-free with your new mobility aid.

Culture and History

There is an abundance of rich heritage to be found in Surrey, from castles to cathedrals and settlements to stately homes. With wheelchair access it’s possible to visit the ruins of England’s first Cistercian monastery, Waverley Abbey or the monument where the great charter, the Magna Carta was signed at Runneymede in 1215.

The close proximity to London, and the abundance of hunting grounds in the area resulted in some magnificent royal palaces being built in Surrey during the Tudor period. However, the only remaining estate is Hampton Court, supposedly one of Henry VIII’s favourite places. Most of the routes within the palace are accessible to visitors unable to climb stairs as there is a lift to take visitors to the State Apartments on the first floor.  With easy access routes and facilities you can experience a costumed guided tour around the state apartments and gardens to witness history bought back to life.

Discover Nature

Explore the rolling countryside and vast woodlands and enjoy the open vistas that Surrey has to offer. As England’s leafiest county there’s plenty to discover. The natural amphitheatre of Devil’s Punchbowl has a 300m easy access circular route, from the car park to a sandstone viewing platform, which gives a superb panorama views out over the hills.  Explore the expanses of ancient heathland at Frensham Common. Its 450 metre ‘Easier Access’ loop is suitable for wheelchair users. Or delve into nature at Farnham Heath. Easy access car park and wheelchair accessible toilet and café facilities are available at the Rural Life Centre.  All pedestrian gates on site are designed to be operable by wheelchair users. This patchwork of beautiful countryside stretches from Farnham in the west through to Oxted in the east, making it easily accessible by use of your mobility car.

Visit the worlds largest collection of living plants at Kew Gardens, located at just a short drive into the outskirts of London. The footpaths and the majority of buildings in the Gardens are suitable for wheelchairs. The terrain across the whole of the Gardens is generally flat, with tarmac paths in most places.

Travelling by Car

Exploring further afield will be easier than ever before with a wheelchair access vehicle. There are many easy road routes to the centre of London and the surrounding Burroughs and you’ll be a short drive away from the many attractions in West Sussex, Kent and Hampshire.

Wheelchair Accessible places to visit in Kent

Explore Kent with Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Kent, ‘The Garden of England’, is a haven of breath-taking English landscape just waiting to be explored.  Situated in the South East corner of England, this stunning county is easily accessible with a wheelchair access vehicle.

Stately Homes and Gardens

Kent is host to many prolific country houses including the home of Charles Darwin, one of England’s greatest scientists, and the former country retreat of Sir Winston Churchill. Ightham Mote near Sevenoaks is a remarkable 14th-century moated manor house–complete with a grade 1 listed dog kennel! Considered the most complete medieval country house in England it is also complete with accessible parking and facilities.

For a true experience of Kent’s renowned gardens a visit to Hever Castle, once Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, is a must. Boasting 125 acres, these gardens were voted the southeast’s most romantic by Gardener’s World – they even have their own rose, launched by Dame Judi Dench.  Accessible parking for blue badge holders is available near to the Moat Restaurant, which is approximately 230m/251yds to the castle.  The first floor is wheelchair accessible and the gardens are mostly flat with suitable paths. Perfect to visit year-round, Kent’s stunning garden collections should never go amiss.

Sacred Places

Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site, Canterbury Cathedral, should be number 1 on your list of top attractions. Home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, this deeply spiritual place has been a centre of Christian pilgrimage for more than 1400 years.  The grounds are mostly wheelchair accessible with good facilities. Help is readily on hand and specialised tours for all visitors with disabilities can be arranged. This World Heritage Site also includes the ruined St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church.  Much smaller but also as important, are the 14, medieval Romney Marsh Churches, dotted around a vast, flat, ethereal landscape- they’re well worth tracking down.

Maritime Heritage

Soak up the sights along Kent’s award-winning sandy beaches and bask in the monumental views of the white cliffs. Kent’s coastline offers an abundance of maritime heritage. Dover Museum, the district’s largest and most varied museum, including the award winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

As the closest corner of England to France, it was always the priority place to defend. The 12th Century Dover Castle has good disabled access and facilities with marked wheelchair routes and tarmac paths around the grounds. Disabled visitors may use Palace Green car park next to the keep to avoid the steep path from Constable’s Tower and the cobbled drawbridge.  There are disabled toilets on site with ramped access beside the keep and the Secret Wartime Tunnels.

Drive the Maritime Heritage Trail in your mobility access vehicle, which stretches from Gravesend to Dungeness– the themed sections cover historical maritime stories from Roman legionaries and Viking invaders to Napoleonic-era engineers.


Accessible places to visit in Hertfordshire

Discover more of Hertfordshire in your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

Hertfordshire boasts a rich heritage of rambling country estates, orderly garden towns and grand cathedral cities. With a broad landscape it may be difficult to explore Herts if you or a family member requires mobility aids, however a wheelchair accessible vehicle will help you to discover the true heart of Hertfordshire.

Arts, Culture and Museums
Resting on the edge of London, Hertfordshire is teeming with cultural attractions including the Veralumium museum, one of the finest examples of a roman theatre in England, and the Welwyn Roman Baths. Hertfordshire was also home to the famous sculptor Henry Moore, where you can visit his studios and gardens, near Much Hadham, for a tranquil outdoor experience. The Veralumium museum has level access and a lift if necessary but all sites have disabled access with on site parking. Playwright George Bernard Shaw’s cottage near Welwy has been preserved so that visitors can view the revolving summerhouse where he liked to write. With disability access and level access to parts of the garden you’re sure to soak up this national treasure.

A family visit to Hertfordshire would be incomplete without a trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour near Watford — a must for all Harry Potter fans and easily accessible!

Heritage and Gardens
Wheelchair accessible vehicles are ideal for transporting mobility scooters, so spending peaceful afternoons at some of Hertfordshire’s Gardens or exploring the historic towns can be made into a much easier task. Visit the cathedral city of St Albans and explore not only the famous cathedral but also its beautiful medieval architecture and the city’s Roman past. Similarly Knebworth House is perfect for a family day out- enjoy the scenery and picnic in front of the Manor. Access to the first floor is negotiated via stairs however Knebworth’s history can be discovered on the ground floor. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located at the entrance of the gardens, in the House and at the Adventure Playground.

Nature and Wildlife
Discover the great outdoors of Hertfordshire by driving to River Lee Country Park. Set in 1000 acres, the park boasts many activities great for all ages to enjoy. With disabled access and facilities, River Lee Country Park is a great open space teeming with wildlife. The ‘Water Lily Walk’ is particularly suitable for wheelchair users boasting mostly flat wide paths and has disabled access to The Cormorant Hide.

Home to over 400 exotic wild animals, Paradise Wildlife Park is set in the beautiful surroundings of Broxbourne Woods in the heart of Hertfordshire Countryside. With level tarmac pathways and ramp-accessed viewing panels you can be sure to have a fun filled adventure.

Explore Essex with your mobility vehicle

A Guide to Exploring Essex

Essex is a true county of contrasts offering a rich tapestry of everything you could want. If you’ve recently retired to Essex from the bustle of London, and use a mobility aid, then there is plenty to keep you active in this fascinating county. From the quaint towns and villages to the panoramic coastlines, we’ve put together a guide to help you explore everything Essex has to offer with your mobility vehicle.

Discovery coast
Home to the longest shoreline of any county in England, Essex is a place of surprising wild beauty, steeped in wildlife. The coastline holds saltmarshes, tidal inlets and estuarine islands, which is waiting to be explored—all 350 miles of it! Your mobility access vehicle can get you to the many seaside towns of Essex, such as Harwich with its rich maritime history or Maldon (famous for Maldon salt) to discover its winding streets with alluring shops and inns.

If art is what you fancy then driving to Burnham-on-Crouch or Wivenhoe will never go amiss. These coastal towns are among an increasing number of cultural hotspots, which can be readily explored in your mobility vehicle.

Historical Essex
For centuries Essex was the frontline of defence for European invasion. The impact of Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans has left an impression on Essex’s historical landscape and can still be seen throughout the county. Colchester is the oldest town in Britain, with documented evidence of a Roman settlement here as early as the fifth century BC. Blue Badge holders can park free for up to three hours in all Colchester Borough Council car parks. Additionally Blue Badge holders can park for free for up to three hours in Blue Badge parking bays in the centre of the town giving you easier access to many historical treasures.

The medieval wool trade brought great prosperity to the county and was the financial backbone of East Anglia until the middle to late 17th century. The lavish churches and timber-framed houses found throughout the county are a result of the industries success. Architecture from more recent eras can also be seen in Essex, such as at the historic Audley End House and Gardens. The site has disabled access and parking with easy access to the facilities. Wheelchairs are available on site if necessary. The first floor is level but accessed via steps. The gardens are accessed via tarmac paths with gravel pathways and smooth grass throughout. There are over 14,000 listed buildings within Essex to discover!

Rural Escapes
Over 70% of Essex is rural, so there’s no easier way to navigate this vast landscape than with your wheelchair accessible vehicle. You’re a stones throw from London but in the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Essex Country Parks, located throughout the county, have compacted gravel paths that are perfect for wheelchair users and all facilities on site are easily accessible so you can enjoy a stress free day. Whether you explore quaint villages, make your way through manor gardens or spend a day on the coast there’s always plenty to do in Essex!

Discover Sussex with a wheelchair accessible vehicle

Discover Sussex with a wheelchair accessible vehicle

Sussex is a classically beautiful English landscape infused with an epic sense of history.  There are elegant stately homes, fairytale castles, colourful gardens and heaps of history to soak up in 1066 country.  Situated in the South East of England, this stunning county is easily accessible with a wheelchair access vehicle.

Heritage & Gardens

From the battle of 1066 to smugglers and Elizabethan moated castles, Sussex has a unique and varied history.  Wherever you choose to drive in Sussex there is bound to be an historic site near by, such as Arundel Castle and Gardens. This ancient castle and stately home reflects nearly 1000 years of history and with lifts, tarmacked paths and sloped entrances it is possible to explore most of the grounds.  Visit one of the finest gardens in England at Pashley Manor Gardens. The formal gardens, terrace, gift shop and cafe are all accessible and disabled parking is located right next to the garden’s entrance.

Using your wheelchair accessible vehicle in Sussex you can discover more about British history in this fascinating region.

Accessible Attractions

Whether you journey to Brighton or explore some of Sussex’s quaint villages and towns there’s always fun-filled day’s out to be had. Many of Sussex’s attractions are open all year round so you can be sure to make the most of your wheelchair accessible vehicle.  If you’re looking for a lavish event then look no further than Goodwood Racecourse. Goodwood has a great range of facilities across the event site especially designed to meet the needs of visitors with impaired mobility, enabling you to catch all the action and experience the event to the full.  Disabled parking bays, dedicated viewing platforms and large viewing screens ensure you’ll never miss a thing.

Coastal Exploration

Exploring Sussex’s coastline has never been easier than with a wheelchair accessible vehicle.  This 150-kilometre stretch of coastline has plenty to offer such as Hastings Country Park.  With disabled parking and an accessible trail, picnic facilities and toilets you can enjoy a diverse range of wild habitats whilst taking in the UK’s sunniest stretch of coastline.  There are many other coastal sites with easy access points throughout Sussex including Beachy Head, Broomhill Sands, and Seven Sisters Country Park. All sites have suitable paths for wheelchair users, accessible facilities and spectacular views!

Nature & Countryside

Most of West Sussex is made up of the beautiful South Downs National Park, but the whole of Sussex’s countryside is a sight not to be missed. With your wheelchair accessible vehicle, driving through the countryside is a joyful task. Head to Ditchling Common Country Park where you can see the stages of ecological succession from grassland to woodland. The 750-metre wheelchair friendly trail of medium difficulty undulates slightly but has a consistent crushed stone surface.

Don’t miss out on Sussex’s many ancient woodlands such as Parkwoods in Hellingly or Abbot’s Wood near Hailsham. This 800m tarmac, wheelchair friendly circuit near the edge of the wood will guide you through a variety of tree species. Equipped with benches and picnic sites you can hold special events here and soak up the tranquil setting.

Enjoy a day exploring some of Sussex’s finest nature reserves including Folly Farm and Rye Harbour. Both sites have many paths and trails suitable for wheelchairs and electric scooters. Get back to nature and visit Rye Harbours 5 wheelchair accessible bird watching hides.




Explore the South East with a wheelchair accessible car!

Sunset over the sea and pier seen from the beach at Worthing. © Filip Fuxa, via Shutterstock 81507658

Beautiful sunset over the sea and pier seen from the beach at Worthing, West Sussex – England

There are few more attractive places to retire than the quiet Georgian seaside resort of Worthing. With Brighton and the bright lights of London just a short drive away there is plenty to do – as long as you and our partner can still get about. If you are not quite so nimble, however, you might still enjoy the freedom of the road in one of our wheelchair accessible vehicles (many of which are also ideal for transporting a mobility scooter!) We have one of the largest stocks of wheelchair cars online – browse in the comfort of your own home, and let us deliver to your door for a no-obligation home viewing. You can be on the road within a few days, as all of our vehicles are already fully adapted, serviced and ready to go!

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Meadows and fields in Seven Sisters national park, England, United Kingdom. © Janis Smits, via Shutterstock 226864072

Meadows and fields in Seven Sisters national park, England, United Kingdom.

Retiring from the city to an attractive seaside resort like Eastbourne is a dream for many; but as our years advance it becomes less easy to visit the local land marks like Beachy Head, the South Downs National Park or even the pier. Even though London is just a short drive away, it is all too easy to become isolated, particularly if your partner is finding it difficult to get about.

One solution to this may be a wheelchair accessible vehicle – which would also be ideal for transporting a mobility scooter (or your golf caddy!). At Home Counties Wheelchair Accessible vehicles, we offer you one of the largest stocks of wheelchair cars available anywhere in the UK online, with the convenience of dealing with a local company, based just up the road in Guildford, Surrey! Browse our extensive stock in the comfort of your own home, and let us deliver to your door for a no-obligation home viewing. You can be on the road within a few days, as all of our vehicles are already fully adapted, serviced and ready to go.

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