We strive to make Monkton Nature Reserve as accessible as possible to all members of the public.
- Free disabled parking is available next to the Field Study Centre.
- Assistance dogs are welcome.
On the Reserve
- There are uneven, easy and moderate slopes across the Reserve.
- There are marked and un-marked paths.
- The Nature Reserve has a mixture of chalk, grass and loose wood chipping surfaces.
- There are two locations in the lower part of the Reserve where there are a set of steps. Both sets have a handrail. Inability to use the steps will not restrict access to a particular part of the lower Reserve as alternative routes are available in both cases.
- There are steps (about 30) with a handrail leading to the upper part of the Reserve where the woodland is situated. Currently these steps provide the only access to the upper part of the Reserve. (Thanet Countryside Trust is working towards providing an additional easy access point to the upper part of the Reserve.)
- There are a number of benches dotted around the Reserve where a rest stop can be enjoyed.
- The picnic area is accessible.
- There is timber decking around our smaller pond, Damselfly Pond, suitable for wheelchairs.
Currently, wheelchair access to the Reserve is limited. We are looking at developing an Easy Access Trail for wheelchairs, pushchairs and for those with mobility difficulties, and developing wheelchair-accessible paths is high on our agenda.
In the Field Study Centre
- There is double-door access into the Field Study Centre via a ramp.
- There is level access to the men’s and women’s toilets.
- We have disabled toilets.
- Lighting levels are medium in the Field Study Centre.