Ariel view of Wistlandpound Reservoir blue water surrounded by green countryside

Wheelchair-friendly trails in North Devon

From Wistlandpound Reservoir to National Trust properties, where could you take a wheelchair...

Devon is blessed with some of the most amazing countrysides in the UK. From rivers and woodlands to seaside walks, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy.

You might imagine climbing over turnstiles and manoeuvring across rocky outcrops when you think of trails in Devon, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many North Devon trails are completely accessible to those with mobility limitations and steps are being taken to try to improve those that aren’t.

Make the most of your accessible holiday in Devon and give one of these stunning trails a visit.

Wistlandpound Reservoir, Exmoor

Not only is Wistlandpound the site for our amazing canoeing activities, but it also offers wheelchair and accessible paths around the reservoir.

With astounding views across the reservoir, this trail promises a beautiful day with plenty of birds and wildlife to see and enjoy.

The Tarka Trail

A smoothly paved narrow path stretching away with greenery either side.

The Tarka Trail

Named after the famous Otter, Tarka, from Henry Williamson’s novel, this trail is a 180-mile figure of eight that is frequented by walkers and cyclists alike.

A haven for local wildlife, the Tarka Trail offers some of the most beautiful woodland and riverside walks in all of North Devon.

Much of the trail is surfaced for wheels with the only traffic being cyclists. Parking is available along most of the trail but it is worth noting there is no wheelchair access ar either Landcross or Loxdown.

Baggy Point, Croyde


A path leading round the headland with the ocean on the right.

Baggy Point, Croyde

Baggy Point is a headland in North Devon that overlooks one of Devon’s most popular surfing and holiday destinations.

The car park at Baggy Point is owned by the National Trust and offers both disabled parking and a disabled toilet.

The trail itself is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) in length and is level to allow visitors of all abilities to enjoy the sweeping cliffside views.

If you’re interested in finding accessible beaches in North Devon, check out our blog.

Arlington Court

Arlington Court, National Trust

If you’re looking for a short and serene walk, then why not check out the trails at Arlington Court. Built in the 1820s, Arlington Court is a stunning neoclassical style country house now turned museum owned by the National Trust.

Arlington Court has over 20-miles worth of trails to walk and explore across the estate, but perhaps the most popular is the lakeside walk. This 2-mile trail runs through wooded pathways alongside the lake and is tramper friendly. Trampers can even be hired from Arlington Court by contacting their reception team.

Marine Drive to Putsborough

A long stretch of beach with ocean on the right and dunes on the left with a long road running parallel to the beach

Marine Drive (left) parallel to Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe is an award-winning destination for family holidays and draws in tourists from across the country to enjoy its fantastic views and golden sands. It’s also home to some of the best coastline trails in North Devon, including the Tarka Trail from Morthoe to Ilfracombe.

The level trail from Marina Drive to Putsborough is perfect for both wheelchair and tramper users alike. With stunning views from Baggy Point to Morte Point and all the way out to Lundy Island, this 2-mile trail is a must for anyone staying in North Devon.

As facilities go, there is a car park at either end of this trail with accessible toilets as well. Putsborough has a cafe that’s open from April to October and from Marine Drive, you have access to everything that Woolacombe has to offer.

There is so much of Devon for you to see and explore and we hope this list helps you to make the most of your holiday!

Here at Calvert Exmoor, we offer a range of activities for both children and adults. To find out more about our accessible breaks, get in touch by calling 01598 763221 or emailing