My visit to Saltwell Park, Gateshead.
Blue Badge Parking: Yes
Concessions/Carer Prices: Free admission (all)
Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter hire: No
Accessible Toilets: Yes
I visited Saltwell Park on 12th April with family. It’s a place I loved to go when I was growing up due to the fantastic play parks and big open spaces.
While there is no specific car park for this attraction, there are roadside disabled parking spaces by the gates.
All of the park’s paths are smooth tarmac, making it easy terrain to wheel or walk on. However, the park does contain many steep ascents and descents, which could pose a problem to wheelchair users who do not have power chairs/power attachments. I personally was not strong enough to self propel on some of these, meaning someone had to drop me off at the top of the park and collect me at the bottom. I also required assistance on some of the hills in between.
The park is really well maintained, and has lots of quiet areas to sit in which would be perfect for those who struggle with sensory issues.
There is also a cafe in “Saltwell Towers” which is wheelchair accessible and contains accessible toilets.
I’d recommend visiting Saltwell Park, as the beautiful landscapes and gardens make the hills worth it!
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