We are striving to improve accessibility to all our sites as much as we are able within the constraints of their landscapes and natural environment. We work closely with an access officer and organisation like Living Options and their Heritage Ability Projects to introduce new innovative schemes and material to ensure that all can enjoy our sites. Do check back from time to time as we work towards greater accessibility. Unfortunately due to the rural nature of some of our sites we are unable to offer access to for all. We are working to provide full access statements which we will be added as soon as possible.
Disability access is good with tarmac or laid paths and an electric all-terrain mobility scooter is available to hire (booking essential)
Planning your visit
There is a “Visual Story” of Cockington Country Park which aims to provide information to help you plan your visit. (NOTE: Apologies, due to technical issues we are not able to provide a downloadable version of our Visual Story at the moment. We are working hard to solve this problem.)
There are three possible routes from the village to the Country Park:
- From the village centre, past the visitor centre and Mill along fairly hard, compacted gravel paths. There is a slight slope. The path goes through a swing kissing gate (wide passing place on inside) and on to a large grassy area, (which can become very muddy in wetter months), before reaching the tarmac pathway.
- From the village centre through the main driveway entrance to the park, from the driveway there are hard-surface paths leading to the Court & craft studios, the Lakes and other parts of the wider park. There is a short but steep slope from the village to the driveway entrance which follows the road (no pavement). The driveway is a shared space with a horse and carriage company operating in the park.
- Mostly along the road (no pavement), going up a sometimes steep slope, past the Drum Inn and coming out to the rear of the Court. There are a number of ‘entrances’ in to the park along the route but these often cut across banks and lead out onto the top of the steep valley side above the grass area in front of the Court.
- It is possible to drive to the rear of Cockington Court, from where the main part of the park is accessible by hard-surface paths (generally flat and level paths with a few short, moderate slopes). The craft units are located very close to the Court.
For more information on access in and around Cockington Court and the craft studios please visit the Court’s website
There are four way-marked accessible walking routes. Only the orange Estate Walk is suitable for all-terrain mobility buggies (trampers). Download Walking Routes
There are two designated parking spaces for Blue Badge Holders in the village centre car park. Four blue badge parking behind Cockington Court, currently free of charge. The Higher Lodge and Cycle Hub, situated further from the village and Court, do not have designated blue badge parking bays. See parking map
Please take care to read the conditions of parking within your chosen car park.
Hire a tramper
A Tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter designed specifically to cover rough ground, mud and grass safely. They can handle steep slopes and bumpy terrain with ease. Supplied by Heritage Ability, a Heritage Lottery funded project to make heritage sites more accessible, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust is able to offer one Tramper for hire and use within Cockington Country Park.
To hire you must be a member of the Countryside Mobility Scheme. You can hire the Tramper from our Cockington Visitor Centre, from April to October, 10am – 4pm (except Mondays) and during February Half term (15th – 23rd February 2020). Hire for a whole day or by the hour. Training takes just 15 minutes.
The Tramper costs £2.50 per hour to hire (with a security deposit of car keys or driving licence). All proceeds go to the Cockington Green Heart Appeal to help improve the park for everyone.
Booking is essential. Call us at the Cockington Visitor Centre: 01803 605 639 or email: CockingtonVC@countryside-trust.org.uk or pop into the Visitor Centre (Cockington Village, Paignton, TQ2 6XA). Please note that the Visitor Centre is only manned during the times above.
Please note: You must be 14 years or over to hire the Tramper. You must be accompanied by someone who is able to walk the route unaided. You should bring a working mobile phone with you for your safety in case of problems.
Download a copy of the Tramper route map and information from here.
Visual impairment and sign language
We have information about our history, stories and a map in Large Print and a British Sign Language Video Tour* of Cockington, available on a tablet. You may wish to contact our Visitor Centre before your visit to ensure the tablet is available.
The Large Print has been created by the Heritage Ability scheme, which is making heritage more accessible for disabled people and Deaf people. It has created in association with Wesc Foundation and reviewed by users for users. Living Options and their Heritage Ability Project provided the Sign Language Tour too.
Disability access is good with tarmac or laid paths. There is no vehicle access to the Cafe or Visitor Centre. However, the 300m route from the main car park is mostly level with a slight rise from the car park and is suitable for non-motorised wheelchairs.
There are two mobility vehicles available for hire to enable you to explore a wider area of the headland (just a deposit charged). Advance booking is essential, with at least 48 hours notice. Contact our Berry Head ranger.
Accessibility is good with designated blue badge parking spaces, level access to the Café and reception buildings and there is a lift to Café. There is a mix of gravel, laid paths and boardwalk throughout the site. Find out more
The Café and accessible toilet are on the first floor. The building is built into a bank so the first floor level has ground level access as you enter from the main car park and access via a lift from the smaller farmyard car park at ground level, via the former farm shop.
Cookery, Kitchen and Community Garden
The Kitchen classroom houses a ‘Changing Places’ disabled toilet and changing area, and the kitchen has an adjustable height sink, hob and tables. The Community Garden has raised beds suitable for wheelchair users and has a relatively flat disabled access area.
The Nature Trail
The Nature Trail is designed to be wheelchair accessible using boardwalk and crushed stone. The first part of the trail from the Centre zig zags down a sloping field.
Reception and TCCT Head Office
Are accessible via level access from the main car park or via the lift from the farmyard car park, through the café. The path is laid with a short boardwalk into the building.
- Roundham Head: There are surfaced paths and pavements and the main route is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a steep surfaced path way down to Goodrington Sands.
- Easy access walks on the South West Coast Path
- Elberry Cove – access is not easy with uneven path, steps and a shingle beach.
- Find easy access walks on the South West Coast Path
- Ansteys Cove – access is difficult with a steep slope and steps, there is a hand rail.
- Daddyhole and Rockend: Some steep ascents and descent in places, including steps.
- Hope’s Nose – Walking to the location itself is via good paths and pavements which are mostly level, but closer access to Hope’s Nose itself is steep and stony, with some scrambling involved.