The Undercliff – Bournemouth’s promenade – extends eastwards towards the Iron Age site at Hengistbury Head, and west into the neighbouring town of Poole. The clifftop Overcliff provides dramatic sea views, with the Isle of Wight to the southeast and the hills of the Isle of Purbeck to the west.
Both are paved and well-maintained, making them ideal for wheelchair users.
Access between the clifftop and the beach could not be easier. A series of winding paved and well-lit paths, known locally as the zig-zags, link the two, with plenty of seating along the way for those who need to rest.
At key points along the seafront, at West Cliff, East Cliff and Fisherman’s Walk, cliff lifts operate throughout the holiday season, transporting people of all physical abilities between the Overcliff and Undercliff.
There are plenty of beachside shelters and seating, accessible toilet facilities, and food and beverage outlets along the way, and fresh water supplies for dogs too.
Boscombe is home to the UK’s first accessible beach huts – available for hire by the day or by the week – and visitors can hire specially-adapted wheelchairs for use on the gently-sloping beach itself.
The Undercliff and the beach are constantly patrolled by uniformed Seafront Rangers who can offer advice and assistance at all times, while Town Centre Rangers operate in the shopping district.
Raised kerbs provide easy access to wheelchair-friendly buses operating a large network of routes within and beyond the town, and the major taxi companies can provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles on request.