Accessibility at Saltholme

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

  • Check accessibility for events and activities.
  • Rugged pushchairs available free of charge.
  • Electric mobility scooter loan is available free of charge (suggested donation of £3 per hire). Pre-booking is available by phone.

How to get here

By train

The nearest railway station is in Middlesbrough, with trains from York, Whitby, Newcastle and Leeds. The connecting bus service to Saltholme is the number 1 from Middlesbrough (towards Hartlepool, High Tunstall).

By bus

The nearest bus stop is outside the entrance to Saltholme, on the Seaton Carew Rd. The Number 1 stops here and is run by stagecoach in Hartlepool.

By road

Saltholme is 10 minutes from the A19. Turn East off the A19 north of Stockton along the A689. After half a mile, take the A1185; in 4 miles join the A178 at a mini roundabout and take the 3rd exit. The reserve entrance is 250 metres on the right-hand side.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get there

Saltholme is connected to the extensive network of cycleways around Stockton and Middlesbrough. There is a cycle track across the reserve to the visitor centre that is accessed through Port Clarence and is open during reserve opening hours.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Main entrance and reception area on the ground floor, with step free, level access throughout on tiled flooring.
  • Good lighting.
  • Lowered reception desk.
  • Hearing loop.
  • Ground floor shop accessed directly from the main entrance of the Visitor Centre.
  • Level entry with no doors once you are in the building.
  • Access out of the building and on to the reserve is made via powered doors as is the return to the building.
Car parking
150 spaces
6 Blue Badge spaces
  • Blue Badge spaces are 43 yards (40 m) from the visitor centre.
  • Blue Badge spaces are tarmac. The main car park surface is bound gravel. Overflow area is grass-covered hard standing.
  • No formal drop-off point.
  • Coach drop-off point 103 yards (95 m) from visitor centre, with dropped curb.
Toilet and baby changing

Accessible toilets on ground and first floors of the visitor centre.

Nature trails access
  • Four signposted trails surfaced in bound gravel, mostly on level ground with seating provided.
  • One way-marked trail over rough and uneven grass and two stiles.
Viewing points
  • Three hides all on level ground with double doors.
  • Some floor-to-ceiling viewing windows, plastic chairs.
  • One hide with ramp and sliding door.
  • Volunteer Saltholme guides are often available to assist with wildlife sightings.
Café
  • The café is located on the first floor of the visitor centre, along with an additional accessible unisex toilet.
  • The first floor is easily accessible by 18 steps with handrail, or lift.
  • Large cutlery and two handled cups are available on request.
  • Clear print menu available on request.
  • Good lighting.
  • Tiled floor.
Picnic area
  • All nine picnic tables with wheelchair spaces are grouped around the reserve. 
  • All are on grass, just off the trails.
Dogs
  • Registered Assistance Dogs only.
  • Next to the car park we have a small dog exercise area.
  • We’ve installed four shaded parking bays specifically for dog owners.
  • To protect our wetland wildlife, dogs are not allowed on the wider reserve.
Educational facilities
  • Located on the ground floor of the visitor centre.
  • Flexible layout and room divide.
  • Good lighting.
  • Level floors throughout, with a smooth uncarpeted surface.
  • Hearing loop.

Additional accessibility information

Full accessibility information (external website)