Quingo Scooters know just how great it is to get outdoors and into the countryside, to get some fresh air and appreciate the fantastic scenery! In our Accessible Routes series, we’re sharing some outdoor routes for you to take on your mobility scooter.
In the district of Torridge, Devon, you’ll find the small market town and civil parish of Holsworthy. The closest city is Exeter 36 miles away, and the river Deer runs through the western boundary of the parish. With a small population of around 2,500, Holsworthy is a traditional market town with a bustling weekly cattle and goods market.
Type of route: Circular
Distance: 1.5 miles
Gradient: Steep in places
Facilities: Pub, Toilets, Café
The route starts at Manor Car Park, next to the Holsworthy Leisure Centre. From here, you should take the slope down towards Victoria hill. Turn left on Victoria hill, and then left into Sanctuary Road where you will see a footpath between two trees. The kerb here is slightly raised, so take extra care.
Follow the path around to the start of the footpath that is by the rear of the Community School. After around 20 yards, turn right along this footpath – there should be some metal railings on your left. Keep on this path until you get to the footbridge going over Victoria hill road and proceed to Holsworthy Leisure Centre. Go through the car park with the leisure centre on your left, past the scout and guide headquarters and on to the slope. The railings are signposted Sustrans cycle route here. Go over the bridge and then follow the path round by the side of the swings, the play park should be on your right.
Now bear right, following the ‘route 3’ sign. Then, bear left past the old pavilion, which will be on your right hand side. Then it’s on to the gate into the Old Showground field. If you want to avoid the terrain here in cases of bad weather, you can choose not to go into the field as the walk returns back to this gate. If you do go into the field, bear left and follow the path round in a clockwise direction, returning back to the gate.
Finally, go back into the park but this time bear right around the footpath that goes in front of Bowls Club, and continue back to the entrance of the Leisure Centre Car Park. Now retrace your path back over the two bridges to Sanctuary Road, into Victoria Hill and into Manor Car Park.
For your information, there are accessible toilets on the road opposite the church, and there are several cafés surrounding if you fancy a bite to eat.
For more information, you can contact North Devon Walk and Talk team on 07976 766424 or 01409 221896. Or you can send them an email at [email protected].
Disclaimer: Please remember to always exercise caution – Quingo cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst exploring the route. If you aren’t sure about certain parts of the route, it’s best to avoid them.
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