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Ferry Meadows Country Park

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Ferry Meadows Country Park
Nene Park
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
England
PE2 5UU
Phone: 01733 234193
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Ferry Meadows Country Park covers 500 acres of lakes, trails and open spaces. It sits within Nene Park which is managed by the Nene Park Trust. It has a Visitor Centre with attractive garden area, a miniature railway, watersports centre and two cafes. There is also a wide variety of activities within the park to enjoy and a regular programme of events throughout the year (check out our event pages for details).

Access to the visitor centre is via a push button door on the cafe side, this is not obvious as you approach from the car park. There are 4 accessible toilets on site however the ferry meadows cafe toilet has limited dimensions and our researchers felt it more suitable for people with ambulant capacity.

There are four mobility scooters available for free hire at the visitor centre (donations welcome). Opening hours are 10am to 4.30pm / 5pm each day (March to September) and 10am to 3.30pm (October to February), booking is recommended.
 
Braille and large print guides of the park (produced in conjunction with the RNIB) are available for free loan through the Visitor Centre. The guides help convey the beauty and range of opportunities the Park has to offer and also provide a practical navigation tool for anyone with some form of visual impairment.
 
The Trust have also have a tour guide system which allows Park staff to be heard directly by hearing aid users or those hard of hearing when out on guided walks of the Park, educational trips or taking part in other organised activities.
 
The ferry meadows cafe and kiosk is all level /ramped access and has excellent accessible outside benches. There is a small conservation and willow garden with plants, water features and sculptures.
 
The lakeside cafe has a hearing loop, good accessible facilities and a pleasant outside eating area with views over the lake.
 
There are various trails around the park that are suitable for wheelchairs/scooters. Our researchers went on the Ham Mere trail which is 2.5 km long and runs alongside the river Nene. There was a lot of boating activity and wildlife including swans and herons, to begin with the surface of the path is tarmac which then changes to compacted stone and is quite wide. Along the trail are two accessible bird hides. Heron Hide overlooks wetland containing bulrushes etc and is accessed via a ramped pathway. It has a designated viewing area and is part of the nature reserve/conservation area, teal hide is similar.
 
The Otter play area has step free access throughout however the play equipment is set in sand so access is reliant on individual ability. There are also two other outdoor play areas on site but there is no designated wheelchair accessible play equipment with the exception of a lookalike hollowed out log that children could wheel through. This was situated on the grass opposite the visitor centre at the start of the Ham trail.
 
The park also has a number of barbeque stands for use which are available on a first come first served basis.
 
As well as the above the following activities are also available on site:
 
A miniature railway which has one accessible ramped carriage with room for two carers. It travels from the visitor centre to the lakeside area (charges apply) and operates daily in the school holidays, and on weekends only at all other times. 
 
There is an adapted cycling scheme run by Vivacity that operates from a container behind the sailing club. They have a variety of front loading cycles, side by side and many three wheeled options, although on our researchers visit they didn’t have any hand operated cycles. They are open on Saturdays and Thursdays, pre booking is recommended. 
 
Sailability (a registered charity offering people with disabilities the opportunity to sail) is run from the sailing club at the park. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 5pm and Saturday mornings. No experience is necessary. 
 
There are two accessible fishing platforms at Gunwade lake which is opposite lakeside car park. Charges apply. 
 
There are also boat trips on the Overton Lake, these are only accessible to people with ambulant abilities.


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Arrival

  • Designated Disabled car parking (in two car parks (charges apply) - Information Centre has 17 Spaces, Lakeside has 9 Spaces)
  • Hard surfaced car park
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access to entrance
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access into venue
  • Easy access around ground floor/area of site
  • Wheelchair access to gardens/grounds
  • Wheelchair access to other floors (Lakeside cafe has ramp to the first floor)

Toilets

  • Wheelchair accessible toilet/toilets
  • Grab rails in toilet
  • Easy access to wash basin
  • easy access to hand dryer/towels
  • Wheelchair turning space in accessible toilet
  • Space for left transfer to toilet (In the Lakeside Cafe toilet)
  • Space for right transfer to toilet (In the Visitor Centre car park toilet and the Lakeside Cafe car park toilet)
  • Room for carer/carers in accessible toilet

Cafe/Shop

  • Level/ramped access to shop
  • Level/ramped access to cafe/tearoom
  • Accessible counter/cutlery if self service
  • Sufficient wheelchair access to tables
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic area
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic table/tables

Other

  • assistance dogs welcome
  • Motorised buggy loan/hire
  • Wheelchair access to land train/shuttle bus
  • Hearing loop
  • Wheelchair access to interactive exhibits