Whether you’ve just broken your leg, or want to take granny out for a day at the beach to create those immortal family holiday memories, using a beach wheelchair can make all the difference to the day! These special Sand chairs enable people with mobility issues to get right in with the action, instead of having to sit in the car and watch from the sidelines!
Regular wheelchairs simply can’t easily be dragged across the sand, so this scheme really opens up the opportunities to really access the beach.
Free to Hire/Small Charge
Sand chairs are free to hire at some venues, others will make a small charge.
Cornwall Mobility have made these special beach wheelchairs available at several Newquay beaches. More beaches and businesses are encouraged to also join this scheme, so always check with the Cornwall Mobility website (link given below) for the current list of beaches where you can hire a Sand chair.
Beach wheelchairs are designed for outdoor use, with large inflatable wheels allowing them to roll over sand and pebbles with remarkable ease giving a comfortable and safe ride. This has allowed people with mobility challenges the pleasure and freedom to access and enjoy Cornwall’s beaches where they may have found it more difficult in the past.
You can see which beaches have wheelchairs available to hire on a map accessible from the link below.
You can see these in action in a video:
Beach Wheelchair Hire:
At the time of writing, you can hire one of these special large-wheel wheelchairs from the following businesses:
- Mawgan Porth: Betty’s News, 01637 860240 & Kingsurf Surf School, 07917 054551
- Watergate Bay Hotel, 01637 860543
- Towan Beach, Newquay: Blue Reef Aquarium, 01637 878134
- Fistral Beach, Newquay: Fistral Beach Surf Hire, 01637 850584
- Perranporth: Perranporth Garden Charities, 07881 521730
If you have a beachside business, then get in touch with Cornwall Mobility to find out how you can take part and offer these wheelchairs to the less mobile.
Website: Beach Wheelchair Hire in Cornwall – with map of the beaches where you can hire a beach wheelchair.
Date last checked: February 2017