Disabled access

Museum accessibility

The approach to the Windmill

Access to the museum is somewhat limited because this was a working windmill and windmills were not designed to accommodate wheelchairs. However we do our best.

There is a hard path from the road to the door of the windmill and there is a small lay-by so that cars can drop off passengers before entering the car park. Access to the first floor is only by means of a steep staircase and the tower is only accessible by means of a ladder. However there is plenty to see on the ground floor where there are the displays of working models, woodworking tools and the video room where the history and working of windmills is explained.

The Video Room is provided with a loop system for visitors with hearing aids. Captions and explanations throughout the museum are in large print and there are spoken commentaries explaining the working of the millstones and life in the windmill in the 19th century.

Adjoining the windmill is a toilet facility for wheelchair users which is opened using a RADAR key. If you do not have one a key may be obtained from the Clerk and Ranger’s office around the corner (look for the tall radio mast). Adjoining the Clerk and Ranger’s office is the Information Centre which is wheelchair friendly.

Because the Commons are kept as natural as possible wheelchair access can be difficult but if you wish to explore there is a wheelchair friendly Nature Trail starting near the car park with hard surface paths and wide bridges forming a circular route. Details, including a guide booklet, are available from the Rangers' office.

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