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High Force

Forest in Teesdale, County Durham, DL12 0XH

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Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:30.
  • Comments
    • From the 1st of March to the 31st of October the walkway to the waterfall shuts at 17:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Durham.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Bishop Auckland.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The nearest designated bay is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the gift shop entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the gift shop entrance.
    • 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 loose chippings.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • the designated parking bays are not marked out, however there are sign posts that clearly show where they're located.

Outside Access

  • This information is for the entrance located opposite the car park.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 202cm (6ft) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the main entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Level Change (Main Walkway)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located from the main entrance to the waterfall.
  • The ramp or slope is steep.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • Comments
    • The pathway is made up of gravel and is uneven in places.
    • There are slopes of varying degrees along the pathway. Some of these are steep.

Outside Access (Gift Shop)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).

Level Change (Gift Shop)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located to the right of the entrance.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the steps.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the car park entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located at the front of the venue, opposite the car park entrance.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 192cm x 286cm (6ft 4in x 9ft 5in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 91cm (2ft 12in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are not available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilets are located at the front of the venue, opposite the car park entrance.
    • The female toilets are 23m (25yd 6in) from the gift shop entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are low.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilets are located at the front of the venue, opposite the car park entrance.
    • The male toilets are 19m (20yd 2ft) from the gift shop entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are low.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.