If you are disabled or have poor mobility there are a number of services that you can use to help make it easier for you to access local amenities and attractions.
Many places mentioned throughout this website are fully accessible for disabled people – please call the venues for details. Alternatively, take a look at www.disabledgo.info - an excellent resource detailing over a thousand accessible goods and service providers in Newark and Sherwood. It includes many other counties around the country too.
Accessible bus services
TraveLink service 32, which runs between Ollerton and Newark, stopping at villages in-between, uses modern buses equipped with special features, such as an easy-access entrance and low steps; however, there is no wheelchair access. For timetable information, please contact traveline on 0870 608 2608 or visit the website www.travelwright.co.uk.
The Boughton Boomerang service (connecting Ollerton, Boughton and Wellow) and the part demand-responsive Sherwood Sweeper service use fully-accessible buses, each with a dedicated wheelchair space. For more information, please contact Nottinghamshire County Council Integrated Transport Centre on 0115 934 0743.
Large print bus timetables
These can be obtained by writing to Nottinghamshire County Council, Environment, Public Transport, Trent Bridge House, Fox Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6BJ.
Wheelchair and scooter hire
Visitors to Ollerton can hire a wheelchair or scooter from People First, based in New Ollerton. You can expect to pay £5/day for a wheelchair and £12.50/day for a scooter (£30 deposit). For more information contact Steve Sheppard by telephoning 01623 836826 or visit his shop on Tuxford Road in Boughton. Further afield, Care Matters shops in Mansfield Woodhouse (01623 659660), Newark (01636 673393) and Retford (01777 708595) hire scooters and wheelchairs on a daily or weekly basis. Key Mobility in Mansfield can also hire scooters for weekends, weeks and longer-term (0800 542 7542).
Local wheelchair-friendly taxis/tours
This company currently has two taxis that can take wheelchairs and their service covers the Ollerton, Edwinstowe, Walesby and Wellow areas. Please telephone 01623 860830.
This company also has some vehicles that are wheelchair-friendly and they can be contacted on 07762 911414.
Minibus Service and Blue Badge Tour Guide
Matt Graham Travel, based in Edwinstowe, offers a minibus service that is tailored to individuals’ needs. The minibuses are fully wheelchair-accessible. Matt Graham is also a ‘Blue Badge’ Tourist guide, registered with the Heart of England Tourist Board, offering groups guided tours throughout Sherwood Forest and the Peak District. Please contact: Matt Graham, 17 East Lane, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9QN or by telephoning/faxing 01623 822190
First 4 Care
This local company provides vehicles and driver services for people who are disabled or have mobility problems. Staff are professionally trained and all vehicles are equipped with tail lifts. The service can be used for day trips and holidays as well as patient transfer. For more information, please telephone 01623 411410 or email email@example.com
Accessible transport services for residents only
Community group transport
Sherwood Countryman Buses can be hired by community groups and are wheelchair-accessible. To find out more, please contact Chris Townhill on 01623 860523.
Dial A Ride Accessible Transport ( Newark and Sherwood/Bassetlaw)
The service is available to people with mobility problems living in the area. Registration is required (free of charge). Please telephone 0800 626 254 for more information.
Newark and Sherwood Voluntary Transport Scheme
The voluntary car scheme aims to provide transport for people who are not able to use public transport. Volunteers drive their own cars from home to the destination at a predetermined fare. Bookings can be made via local doctors’ surgeries, health visitors and sheltered housing schemes, but please contact Judy Byrom, Coordinator, if you need more information on 01636 610773.
Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities
Many of the attractions in this area are equipped with disabled toilets, however, if you are out and about, the following are accessible: Sherwood Heath Roundabout (Tourist Information Centre) Ollerton; Sycamore Road Ollerton; Laxton Visitor Centre; Vicar Water Country Park Visitors’ Centre, off Mansfield Rd, Clipstone; Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe.
Car parks for disabled people in the Newark and Sherwood area ‘Blue Badge Scheme’
The following car parks have designated bays for people who belong to the Blue Badge Scheme. These car parks are also free of charge to anyone.
East Lane , Edwinstowe (2 allocated spaces), West Lane, Edwinstowe (2 allocated spaces), The Craft Centre, Edwinstowe (2 spaces), Forest Road, Ollerton (4 allocated spaces).
For more information about accessible toilets/disabled parking bays, contact Newark and Sherwood District Council on 01636 655713 or look on the Council’s website.
Staff at Tesco in Ollerton can assist you with filling up your car with petrol. Instead of driving to the petrol pumps, first call on 0845 6779525 or visit Customer Services and they will send someone out to help you as the petrol pump assistant cannot leave the shop.
Places to stay
The national Radar Disability Network publishes a guide to accommodation with disabled facilities both on a website and in book format (there is a copy in Ollerton Library).
In Ollerton and District, the guide identifies the Sherwood Forest Youth Hostel as having disabled facilities (for more details see the accommodation page).
Useful contact numbers/addressesOllerton and District Economic Forum Disability Action Team
Contact: Mike Manning if you are interested in becoming a member.
Tel: 01623 863887
Dial Mansfield and District (nearest office):
Tel: 01623 625891
Minicom: 01623 656556
Your Level Best (website with information about accessible pubs, restaurants and snack bars)
Website : www.yourlevelbest.com
Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) ‘door to door’ website (travel information for disabled people)
An excellent guide to accessible goods and service providers around the country. DisabledGo is the National Accessibility Project founded by wheelchair user, Dr Gregory Burke. The organisation is committed to empowering disabled people to "get out and do what they want in their own community, and in other areas they would like to visit". http://www.disabledgo.info