Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre has produced an extensive guide with detailed information on disability access in Newquay. This covers a range of useful topics including accommodation, attractions and beach access.
Whilst the centre of Newquay is fairly flat the town is built on the top of the high cliffs of the rugged north Cornwall coast. Most beaches are normally only reached by fairly steep roadways, steps or in some cases over sand dunes. Our access guide describes in detail access to each beach.
Two beaches, Towan & Fistral beach, offer the option to hire special beach wheelchairs suitable to use on a beach – essentially they have ‘fat’ tyres. The wheelchairs for use on Towan Beach are available to hire at the Blue Reef Aquarium. Tel: 01637 878134. Either the wheelchair it replaces is left as security and/or a photo ID or credit card is taken (returned on return of the chair). Blue Badge holders can also organise to park at the Blue Reef Aquariums private car park depending on space. Wheelchairs for use on Fistral Beach are available to hire at the Fistral Beach Complex, Tel: 01637 850584. £5.00 per day (inc part days). Either the wheelchair it replaces is left as security or a form of ID. Please note these requirements may be subject to change.
To assist mobility the Go Newquay scheme (affiliated to the Shopmobility scheme) provides wheelchairs and mobility scooters to hire. These are available to hire on a daily or weekly basis at the Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre. Please note; we only accept cash for the hire and deposit charges. Although scooters & wheelchairs may be available to hire on the day they are subject to availability so we would recommend booking in advance whenever possible. Scooters require a short tuition before they can be hired, even if the user regularly uses such equipment. The scooters are not intended to be used on the beach. Please call 01637 838516 or email email@example.com.
Scooters and wheelchairs can be collected from Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre during normal opening hours. Scooters can also be delivered to suitable accommodation in central Newquay with an indoor storage area and power socket for charging. Delivery requires advance notice (normally at least a minimum of one week).
Wheelchairs are hired at £5.00 per day and require a £50 deposit which is returned on return of the wheelchair. Mobility scooters are charged at £10.00 per day (or £7.50 per day if you are a Shopmobility member elsewhere in the country). Scooters do not require a deposit. Alternatively they can be hired for a full week for £50.00 (or £37.50 if you are a member of Shopmobilty elsewhere). Proof of Shopmobility membership is required.
The standard mobility scooters are intended for a weight of 17 stone or less. If you require a scooter to exceed this weight we have one that is available on request. Our mobility scooters are not collapsible and are not intended to be transported. The wheelchairs are collapsible and can be easily stored in a normal sized car.
On street parking restrictions are relaxed for blue badge holders. If you display your blue badge correctly and your vehicle isn’t causing an obstruction, you can park in or on: Limited parking areas - for an unlimited time, yellow lines (for 3 hours or less), resident parking zones - for an unlimited time and disabled bays (or an unlimited time unless roadside signs show time limits). Blue badge holders cannot park in an area where there is a loading restriction or an area specifically reserved for other vehicles or purposes (such as taxi ranks, reserved spaces in car parks, bus stops or loading bays)
Parking in Council Car Parks
You must display a valid blue badge with the clock showing when you arrived, whether you have to pay for parking or not. If you do not correctly display your badge and clock, you may receive a penalty charge notice. Blue badge holders must pay the normal parking fee unless the vehicle is specially adapted or the vehicle is car tax exempt (nil tax). However, the rules for those who are car tax exempt has changed because car tax disks are no longer displayed so there is now no obvious way to see if you pay nil road tax. Therefore, if your car is car tax exempt to continue parking for free in Cornwall Council Car Parks you must register your vehicle’s details with Cornwall Council. If you are visiting Cornwall this will need to be done before you arrive to ensure you do not get charged or incur any fines.
Blue badge holders paying a parking fee automatically get one extra hour of free parking. For example, if you correctly display a blue badge and pay for 2 hours, you can park for 3 hours. You can park up to the maximum stay shown on the signs in the car park. If no disabled spaces are available, you can park in a normal space as long as it’s not marked for other uses, such as reserved parking or loading areas.