Brownsea Island

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Brownsea Island BH13 7EE, UK

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helzy64 helzy64

Party included 1 ambulant disabled, 1 oap with spinal challenges and a SEN 12 year old.
We had to park in a multi-story due to very limited Poole Quay parking. I understand there is lift although we did not use it, instead using the 8 concrete steps to ground level.
The ferry IS NOT accessible for those using wheelchairs or with very limited mobility. All areas are accessed by steps a couple if there is space and you want to sit on the top open-air area and approx 9 steep ones if seated down stairs undercover.
We had no choice but to suffer the steps as no one already seated upstairs was willing to give up their seats.
There is a wheelchair and accessible ferry service although no details were available for sailing times.
Once on the Island there were all terrain buggy’s available but the person pushing would need to be very fit as the terrain is quite tricky if you want to access the main sites.
The NT who manage Brownsea do offer free Golf buggy tours, which myself and party took advantage of. Whilst the guide was very informative and we learnt a lot about the history etc (the information centre was not accessible unless you had a reasonable level of mobility or scooter/ chair doesn’t mind hills. We did not see the key parts of the Island ie Scout Site Trading post, beach, old houses etc. The view from the Buggy were stunning across the bay though.
In summery I would say that unless you come via the accessible ferry with you powered chair or have a reasonable level of mobility a visit to this Island would be of very limited enjoyment.
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