With the weather finally warming up and the air turning milder, you may be considering taking a short break by the sea. If you are a wheelchair or powerchair user, then naturally a key priority will be the provision of accessible paths in the area. 

Getting out and about in the fresh air is a great way to boost mental and physical health and enjoy the natural beauty of the UK’s coastline. Here are some top suggestions for wheelchair friendly coastal routes where you won’t encounter obstacles such as gates, stiles, or rough, steep, or narrow terrain. 

Valley of Rocks, Lynton, Devon

The Valley of Rocks sounds rather dramatic, but in fact it’s a gentle route with a tarmac path that runs along the clifftop. It affords far-reaching sea views, as well as views of the interesting rock formations further along in the valley. There are also an ancient species of goat who graze the valley sides to keep an eye out for.

Lynton is a popular seaside destination within the Exmoor National Park on the North Devon Coast. Its twin is the nearby town of Lynmouth, which has a picturesque harbour and a long promenade to enjoy. The area was popular with the Romantic poets, who gave it the enduring nickname ‘Little Switzerland’ because of its Alpine aspect.

Ravenscar, North Yorkshire

Ravenscar is a small coastal village located not far from the popular seaside town of Scarborough. It was once earmarked for expansion during the Victorian era when coastal holidays were booming, but the plans never materialised. 

This means that today the area is a quiet and pleasant place to visit, and affords some excellent opportunities to spot wildlife such as seabirds. The accessible stretch of coastal path starts at the National Trust car park, and leads to the clifftops, where there are benches and the chance to admire the views over Robin Hood’s Bay. 

Aberporth, Ceredigion

The pretty fishing port of Aberporth in West Wales is popular with families who enjoy the large sandy beach, which is divided into two by the cliff formations when the tide is in. There’s a lovely short clifftop trail with well-surfaced paths and accessible parking facilities at the start. 

The route affords views over Cardigan Bay, which is a well-known area for dolphin spotting. You are likely to see a range of seabirds as you enjoy the views over this beautiful stretch of Welsh coastline. At the end of the route you will find picnic benches that are designed to be easily accessible for wheelchair users. 

Staffin Bay, Skye, Scotland

The stunning Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland draws thousands of visitors each year to admire the dramatic beauty of the Cuillin Mountains. There’s also plenty of opportunity for gentler routes. For example, at the base of the Quiraing is Staffin Bay, which is packed with geological interest.