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The Commons Park to Donaghadee Lighthouse

The Moorings, Donaghadee, BT21 0JB

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  • The following information describes the route from Commons Park to The Donaghadee Lighthouse.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 1.2km.
  • The route leads along The Commons and Parade.
  • The majority of paths along the route are tarmac and stone paving.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; steep slopes, bollards, sections of the route that have no pavement on the road.

Parking (The Commons Park Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located off the Millisle Road.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders cannot booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 500cm x 640cm (16ft 5in x 20ft 12in).
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Accessible Toilet (Commons Park - Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial, written text and ‘Not All Disabilities Are Visible’ signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left side of the public conveniences building, to the left of the Blue Badge parking bays.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 230cm (6ft 11in x 7ft 7in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 41cm (1ft 4in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a poor colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Toilet(s) (Commons Park)

Level Change (Standard Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the approach to the Public Convenience Building.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.

Parks and Gardens (The Commons Park)

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have tarmac surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are moderate, slight and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • There are various pieces of outdoor gym equipment along the path.

Childrens Play Park

  • There are three similar gates allowing access into the play park.
  • The gates are single, open away from you, may be difficult to open and are 120cm wide.
  • The gates do not contrast visually with the fence around the play park.
  • There are various climbing frames, swings and an adaptive swing.
  • The play surface is soft rubber matting with grassy areas surrounding.
  • There are benches available in the park.

Commons Park to Parade

  • After leaving the Commons Park Car Park follow the path through Commons Park for approximately 750m.
  • There is step free access throughout the park.
  • The surface of the path is tarmac.
  • As you go along the path to your right there are views across the Irish Sea.
  • In the Commons Park there is outdoor fitness equipment and a playground.
  • As the path nears Copelands Marina there are bollards in the path.
  • The gap between the bollards is 130cm.
  • There is a steep slope along the path as you go past Copelands Marina.
  • As The Common Path reaches the Parade there are bollards in the path.
  • The gap between the bollards is 126cm.

Parade to Donaghadee Harbour

  • After leaving Commons Park and joining the Parade, follow the path for approximately 250m until you reach Donaghadee Harbour.
  • There is step free access along the path.
  • The surface of the path is tarmac.
  • Along some sections of this route there is no pavement and the route goes along the road.
  • The road is generally quiet but caution is advised due to oncoming traffic.
  • After following the path for 80m there is a pavement located on the left side of the road.
  • There is a dropped kerb onto the pavement.
  • The paths crosses the access road to the Donaghadee Community Centre.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs without tactile paving on both sides.
  • After approximately 90m the pavement path ends and the route rejoins the road.
  • There is a dropped kerb without tactile paving.
  • Follow the route for approximately 80m until you reach Donaghadee Harbour.
  • The Harbour is located on the right side and you may need to cross the road.
  • There is not a crossing point, caution is advised when crossing the road.

Donaghadee Harbour to Donaghadee Lighthouse

  • Follow the harbour path for approximately 200m until you reach the lighthouse.
  • There is step free access along the path.
  • The surface of the path is block paving.
  • There is bench seating along the path.
  • To the left of the path is the harbour, there is no barrier between the edge of the path and the water.
  • There is a raised path on the right which has a small step up to it.
  • The lighthouse is located at the rear of the harbour path.
  • The lighthouse can be seen from the start of the path.