Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green, Surrey

Wheel Walks
Frimley Lodge Park not only provides opportunities for short and easy wheelchair walks but also the possibility of a ride on its miniature railway!

The Basingstoke canal towpath run along the eastern boundary, offering pleasant circular walks of about 1 km with a variety of outlooks.

The Park is owned and managed by Surrey Heath Borough Council. Click HERE to view a leisure map. The park provides woodland, lots of open space, picnic areas, two children’s playgrounds, a trim trail, miniature railway and meadows. There are also football, cricket pitches and a ‘pitch and putt’ course available to hire.

We parked in car park 2, a short distance from the station and workshops of the Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway. This is run by volunteers from the Frimley and Ascot Locomotive Club who bring their own steam and diesel locomotives to give rides to the public. All proceeds are used to maintain the railway or given to charities.

All aboard!

Trains normally run on the first Sunday in each month from March to November, subject to weather and staff availability. There are additional sessions during school holidays and some Bank Holidays. For details visit the Club’s website at www.flmr.org.

On the Wednesday we visited, we were offered two circuits of the track for just £1 per person. Yes, we climbed aboard and enjoyed every second of the 15 minute ride, while children provided extra entertainment with their “choo-choo” noises!

 

An easy wheelchair walk

For an easy 1 km (0.64 mile) walk we first accessed the canal towpath nearby the station (there’s a short, moderately steep incline here) and turned left.  This is a very pleasant path, although uneven and narrow in places due to encroaching tree trunks and canal bank erosion.  The towpath was very busy with walkers and cyclists who very all very considerate to a wheelchair user where the path width was limited.

At the point where the Guildford Road bridge came into view, we turned left off the towpath (downhill for a short distance) and along a well-made path towards the Café and Pavilion building: this path isn’t shown on the Surrey Heath’s map of the Park (see link above), but runs alongside the tapering line from the map’s “Café and Pavilion” inset box towards their location in the main map.

The Park is very popular with families

These buildings provide disabled toilets in separate cubicles within the “normal” ladies and gents toilets. There are no separate disabled toilets with access from the yard.  The access doors from the yard are quite narrow, with strong springs holding them closed; I stood and was able to push the wheelchair through the narrow access door to the toilets, but it wasn’t easy and I suspect it would be very difficult (if not impossible) for a person sitting in a wheelchair to enter without someone to hold the door open for them.

Our route continued around the far (west) side of the Café/Pavilion buildings, where we turned left to follow another well-made path back to the car park, past a busy children’s playground and open lawns used for sports.

Guess who!

Location
Sturt Road, Frimley Green, Surrey GU16 6HY.

Much more information
Surrey Heath Borough Council’s web page includes a location map and much more information: to view, click HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Royer Slater
Minor update March 2013

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