Gang Mine by Guy Badham
The following sites are recommended for visitors with limited mobility.
Click on the links to find out more about each reserve.
The Avenue Washlands
Access to the site is via squeeze stiles which are just wide enough for mobility scooters. About 80% of the reserve, including the two viewing screens, is accessible to wheelchairs.
It is a fair distance from the parking area and so may not be suitable for those with limited walking ability. However, the path that circumnavigates the reserve is reasonably flat and even.
There is full disabled access around all the paths on this reserve and to all three viewing screens (there are no stiles). There is no access to the fishing platforms for wheeled vehicles.
Chee Dale SSSI
There is partial disabled access on this reserve: along the Monsal Trail from Miller's Dale Station as far as the abseiling bridge, which gives views over the reserve. There is no other wheeled access onto the reserve. Boardwalks accessed by steps and stepping stones make some paths unsuitable for those with limited mobility.
Cramside Wood SSSI
The path that runs alongside the river and reserve is suitable to those with limited mobility and offers good views of the reserve.
Cromford Canal LNR/SSSI
There is full access for wheelchairs along the canal towpath if you enter from Chase Road. Please note that there are lots of steps from Whatstandwell station and one stile if you enter from the Ambergate end. There are sections of path that are uneven and narrow making access for those with limited mobility difficult.
There is wheelchair access along the main path and to the two main hides only. The car park is 1.2 miles from the entrance gate along a rough track. A permit is required for this site.
The path from Jacksdale Community Centre to the site is hardcore and suitable for most disability users, giving access to the northern part of the reserve. Other access points are via stiles or rough paths.
There is limited parking for disabled visitors - it is by agreement with the neighbouring land owner, adjacent to the recreation ground and adjoining the reserve on the western boundary. All paths are uneven but in dry weather several should be accessible to wheelchairs (accompanied) and people of limited mobility.
Hilton Gravel Pits SSSI
There is disabled access to about half the reserve. Wheelchairs can be taken along the main track that runs the length of the reserve and through the kissing gates into the main woodland compartment around the lake.
There is disabled access to the hide, though a permit is required for this reserve.
A surfaced path runs through the northern end of the reserve and a grassy path runs to the southern end.
There is partial disabled access to this reserve. Wheelchairs can be taken all the way along the old tramway that runs the length of the reserve and to the dipping platform and pool. However, there is no wheelchair access around the back of the pool and back to the old tramway.
Spring Wood SSSI
Wheelchairs can access this permit-only reserve from the entrance all the way along the boardwalk, but not the rest of the reserve.
Willington Gravel Pits
The parking area at Meadow Lane is accessible to mobility scooters in dry conditions, but please note that there are eight steps leading up to each of the viewing platforms.
Path condition varies across the site. Many paths are suitable for wheelchairs, however the distance from suitable parking and ground conditions can affect access.
There is no access onto the reserve but you can watch the wildlife from the lane or from the Trust's hide (for which a permit is required). The hide and lane are accessible to wheelchairs. It may be possible to access the new viewing mound with assistance.