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Disabled Fishing Access and Facilities
Angling is one of the most accessible of sports, and it can be enjoyed by people with all forms of physical and mental disability. Indeed, a recent survey has revealed that at least 60,000 disabled people go fishing, and it is among the top five most popular sports for people with disabilities.
Increasingly, fisheries are providing safe, comfortable bankside facilities for disabled people, with good access to them. There is still much work to do, but all major angling organisations have pledged their support - and funds - to increasing provision for disabled anglers.
Angel of the North Fishing Lakes has been designed for ease of access for both able and disabled persons. The parking in front of Bowes Lake and by the reception building will primarily be for people with disabilities. The reception building will accommodate wheelchairs and we have disabled toilet facilities on site.
The fishing pegs and all pathways have been designed to be accessible
for wheelchair users. Special mesh has been used in the construction of
the pathways for this purpose. Security and safety are important issues
and hence there will be a post provided at each peg to enable wheelchair
users to secure themselves. Walkie talkie hire is also available so that
wardens can be called to assist disabled fishers.
We welcome children in wheelchairs but request they are accompanied by an adult at all times, even when attending angling tuition, which is offered either one-to-one or in groups.
The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) can provide further information on angling for people with disabilities. Contact:
BDAA, 9 Yew Tree Road, Delves, Walsall, West Midlands, WS5 4NQ
Telephone: 01922 860912
Please note the fishing rules and regulations.