Sand Chairs in Cornwall

Cornwall Mobility, in partnership with Disability Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, work with Cornwall Council as well as a diverse range of coastal charities and businesses in providing all-terrain wheelchairs, also known as sand chairs, for the public to use on a number of beaches in Cornwall.

The all-terrain wheelchairs have been designed for outdoor use and have large inflatable wheels which allow them to roll over sand and pebbles with remarkable ease. This has allowed people with mobility challenges the pleasure and freedom to access and enjoy Cornwall’s beaches where they may have found it more difficult in the past.

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The all-terrain wheelchairs are not suitable for all beaches as some are too steep, remote and dangerous for the chairs to be used safely. Cornwall Mobility has ascertained that the beaches where it deploys these chairs for public use are safe and suitable for their use. It is however emphasised that these chairs are for access to the beach but are not suitable for use in the water or for accessing the water. The sand chairs are available along the Cornish coastline as indicated in the table and map below. It is advised that you contact the hire outlet beforehand to ensure that the sand chair is available.

Nearest Main TownBeachContact
Bude Summerleaze and Crooklets Summerleaze Beach Office. Telephone: 01288 352 226 (open from June to September)
Wadebridge Polzeath Wavehunters Surf School. Telephone: 07969 660 014
St Merryn Treyarnon Bay 07583 218 891
Newquay Mawgan Porth Bettys News. Telephone: 01637 860 240
Newquay Watergate Bay Watergate Bay Hotel. Telephone: 01637 860 543
Newquay Towan Beach Blue Reef Aquarium. Telephone: 01637 878 134
Newquay Fistral Fistral Surf Hire Shop. Telephone: 01637 850 584
Perranporth Perranporth Perranporth Gardens. Telephone: 07881 521 730
Hayle Gwithian Riviere Sands Holiday Park. Telephone: 01736 795 352
St Ives Porthminster Porthminster Beach Cafe. Telephone: 01736 795 352
St Marys (Isles Of Scilly) Porthcressa Town Hall. Telephone: 01720 422 537
Penzance Marazion and St Michael's Mount St Michael's Mount, Marazion. Telephone: 01736 710 265
Falmouth Gyllyngvase Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe. Telephone: 01326 312 884
Looe East Looe Beach Looe Town Trust. Telephone: 01503 263 709
Looe Seaton Seaton Beach Cafe. Telephone: 01503 250 621

 

As a centre of excellence for the mobility sector, Cornwall Mobility are committed to innovation in research, technology and education.  As part of this Cornwall Mobility have worked in partership with Falmouth University to design and build a new style of beach wheelchair. These prototype sand chairs have been deployed on a handful of Cornish beaches for trial by users as part of our pre-manufacture process. The new chair is available to hire, free of charge, at the following locations:

  • Fistral beach, Newquay
  • Perranporth Gardens Charities, Perranporth beach
  • Riviere Sands Holiday Park, Hayle
  • St Michael's Mount, Marazion, and
  • Seaton Beach Cafe, Seaton beach, Looe

For more information about the work that Cornwall Mobility and its partner charity does, please visit their website at cornwallmobility.co.uk call them on 01872 254 920 or email info@cornwallmobility.co.uk.