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Cycling can improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing. 

Recent scientific studies have proved exactly that! 

Cycling increases our ‘feel good’ hormones, reducing anxiety and depression, improving our general fitness and it makes us smile!

Isle Access makes cycling more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Find out more here.

Accessible Directory

We have a directory that lists accessible places to eat, stay, travel & more.

Accessible Events

Browse accessibility-related events on the Isle of Wight.

Business Accessibility

Isle Access can help your business to become more accessible

Accessible Directory

Accessible Travel

Find out about accessible travel options on the Isle of Wight.

Accommodation

Explore accessible accommodation providers on the Island.

Activities

What accessible activities are there on the IOW? Find out here.

Travel to the IOW

Find out about accessible travel links to and from the Isle of Wight.

Where to Eat

Explore places to eat on the Island which are accessible.

Changing Places

Find accessible places to get changed on the Isle of Wight.

Isle Access is a user-led charity committed to encouraging and promoting greater accessibility and inclusion on the Isle of Wight for people with disabilities.

We provide services for disabled people, such as:

  • Organising adapted cycling sessions
  • Facilitating Access Group meetings
  • Acting as an advocate

We also work with the tourist industry and local government. Our website is a useful resource for information about Island accessibility.

Good accessibility benefits all visitors whether they are young or old, those with pushchairs, wheelchairs, assistance dogs, learning difficulties or temporary health conditions.

1 in 5 people in the UK have a disability or long term health condition.
There are a lot of small and inexpensive changes that businesses can make to allow greater access for people, which help to increase business profits too.

We are very grateful to all the Island businesses and organisations that support our cause and help to make the Isle of Wight more accessible.

Disabled Access Day 2019

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Accessibility News

Where to find new holiday bookings for 2022

For any Isle of Wight hotel or B&B, restaurant or cafe, attraction or amenity wanting more bookings this year, this eye-opening article in the Guardian tells you where they can come from.  “For every person with a disability who doesn’t travel because of the logistical challenges, you have a family, you have carers, you have friends

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Train Changes to/from Portsmouth in January

Weekend Trains Affected South Western Railways announced: “Engineers from Network Rail will be carrying out essential maintenance work at Landport Viaduct, one of Portsmouth’s most prominent Victorian railway structures. With the amount of work that needs to be completed, trains will not be able to run meaning rail replacement buses will be in operation for

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Changing attitudes towards deaf people: Strictly Come Dancing winner

Staffordshire deafness charity praises Rose Strictly win dDeaflinks Staffordshire said the success had taken people by surprise because of a lack of understanding about deafness. “As a society we’ve grown up not seeing the deaf community, so we don’t fully understand it, we’ve not been educated and that’s why we’re surprised…” Read more here.

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Temporary Access Difficulties At FastCat

WHEELCHAIR and mobility scooter users, and passengers with pushchairs, bikes or large suitcases, will be unable to travel on Wightlink’s FastCat service today (Monday 1st January 2022). The ferry company said there was a technical issue with the FastCat berth. Wightlink is making a major facilities upgrade costing £15million from January for around 12 weeks…

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Hand cycling has given me my freedom back

When Neil Russell discovered handbikes, he felt like he had found a way of getting his “freedom and independence back”. The 36-year-old was born with spina bifida and walked with a bad limp until he had his right leg removed below the knee at the age of 18. But encountering the cycle inspired him to

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Wheelchair-using Minister unable to attend COP26 in Glasgow

We must act on accessibility, says Israeli minister An Israeli minister unable to get into COP26 in her wheelchair says her experience showed the need for better accessibility. On Monday, Karine Elharrar was forced to return to her hotel 50 miles away because of the access problems. The UK government has apologised… Read more here

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Support Island Accessibility

Isle Access are extremely thankful to all of our volunteers, individuals that support us with fundraising and the members of our steering group. We are always looking for new people who can support our charity.

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