WEYMOUTH beach has been named one of the top-rated accessible beaches for disabled people in the country.

Research by Keep Moving Care put together a list of the 10 top-rated accessible beaches - and beaches in Dorset featured four times.

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The beaches were ranked on whether they had received a Blue Flag award; existence of ramps, slopes, or slipways; step-free access to beach; step-free access to water; disabled toilet facilities; number of disabled toilets; disabled parking; beach accessible wheelchair hire; availability of beach accessible wheelchairs for hire; and Mobi-mat hire – to determine the best accessible beaches in the UK.

Bournemouth Beach was named the best disability friendly beach overall, with Sandbanks Beach coming in second in the list, while Weymouth Beach was ranked as seventh and Studland Beach ranked eighth.

Liam Cook, director of Keep Moving Care, commented: “Even with some travel restrictions coming to an end, UK staycations are still expected to experience a boom in summer 2021. We’re passionate about supporting people with disabilities to ensure they maintain their freedom, so with this in mind we decided to analyse the accessibility credentials of 30 top-rated beaches, as according to TripAdvisor data, to determine the top-rated disability-friendly accessible beaches in the UK.

“During our research we found that, in many cases, it was very difficult to find clear and concise information from reputable sources into disability access and facilities for beaches in the UK. This can be frustrating, so we hope our research provides disabled holiday-goers with some staycation travel inspiration this summer.”


Based on their accessibility credentials, the 10 top-rated accessible beaches were revealed as:

  1. Bournemouth beach, Bournemouth, Dorset
  2. Sandbanks beach, Poole, Dorset
  3. Brighton beach, Brighton, Brighton and Hove
  4. Portobello beach, Portobello, Edinburgh
  5.  West Wittering beach, Chichester, West Sussex, England
  6.  Whitby beach, Whitby, North Yorkshire
  7. Weymouth beach, Weymouth, Dorset 
  8. Studland beach, Studland, Dorset
  9.  Porthminster beach, St Ives, Cornwall
  10. Perranporth beach, Perranporth, Cornwall