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Top 10 accessible beaches in the UK revealed

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A list of the top-rated disability-friendly beaches in the UK has been revealed in a new study.

Mobility aids specialist Keep Moving Care analysed 30 top-rated UK beaches against 10 criteria points to determine the best accessible beaches in the UK.

The key criteria included weather beaches had received a Blue Flag award; existence of ramps, slopes, or slipways; step-free access to beach; step-free access to water; disabled toilet facilities; number of disabled toilets; disabled parking; beach accessible wheelchair hire; availability of beach accessible wheelchairs for hire; and Mobi-mat hire.

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Bournemouth beach and Sandbanks beach, both located in Dorset, each scored nine out of a possible 10 points. As a tie-break, each beach’s TripAdvisor suggestion position for the search terms “beach” were taken into account.

Overall Bournemouth took the win, holding the top suggestion position on TripAdvisor for the search term “beach”, compared to position 24 for Sandbanks.

Based on their accessibility credentials, the 10 top-rated accessible beaches were revealed as:

RANK*BEACHLOCATIONCOUNTYCOUNTRYSCORE (OUT OF 10)
1Bournemouth BeachBournemouthDorsetEngland9
2Sandbanks BeachPooleDorsetEngland9
3Brighton BeachBrightonBrighton and HoveEngland7
4Portobello BeachPortobelloEdinburghScotland7
5West Wittering BeachChichesterWest SussexEngland7
6Whitby BeachWhitbyNorth YorkshireEngland6
7Weymouth BeachWeymouthDorsetEngland6
8Studland BeachStudlandDorsetEngland6
9Porthminster BeachSt IvesCornwallEngland6
10Perranporth BeachPerranporthCornwallEngland5

Liam Cook, Director of Keep Moving Care, commented: UK staycations are still expected to experience a boom in summer 2021. We’re passionate about supporting people with disabilities to ensure they maintain their freedom, so with this in mind we decided to analyse the accessibility credentials of 30 top-rated beaches, as according to TripAdvisor data, to determine the top-rated disability-friendly accessible beaches in the UK.

“During our research we found that, in many cases, it was very difficult to find clear and concise information from reputable sources into disability access and facilities for beaches in the UK. This can be frustrating, so we hope our research provides disabled holiday-goers with some staycation travel inspiration this summer.”

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