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Hever Castle - Grounds and Lake Walk

Hever Road, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

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Summary

  • There is onsite parking available here with designated Blue Badge parking.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: step free standard toilets and accessible toilets.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 100m from the main entrance.
  • This venue also has the following available: seating.

Parking

  • This venue has a car park .
  • This is an open air car park with a loose chippings surface.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • There are 4 Blue Badge parking bays.
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 250m from the entrance.
  • Potential obstacles between the Blue Badge parking and the entrance include uneven surfaces, loose chippings, slopes/ramps and a squeeze or offset gap.
  • There is not a designated drop-off point.

Public Transport

  • There is a bus stop within approximately 150m of the venue.
  • The nearest train station is Hever.
  • Hever Station is approximately 1.1 miles away.

Grounds

  • The grounds consist of the formal gardens with the lake walk beyond.
  • The pathways in and around the gardens are generally wide, even and in good condition.
  • There is a bridge on the approach to the castle where wheelchair users may require assistance due to the steep gradient and uneven surface.
  • The pathways are generally composed of tarmac, stone and loose gravel.
  • Where there are steps, they are generally not marked and there is often a steep ramp that overcomes the steps, though this is not always the case.
  • Some wooden bridges have gaps between the planks and may be slippery when wet.
  • There is seating at regular intervals throughout the gardens consisting of benches with armrests and picnic tables.
  • The Yew Maze has a narrow access gate of 43cm and the pathways through the maze are equally narrow.
  • There are clearly marked steps into the Italian Garden which have both permanent and portable steep ramps to overcome them.
  • The Lake Walk has well defined paths composed of either loose gravel or grass, the latter becoming muddy when wet.
  • The wooden bridge has a slight gradient and may be slippery when wet.

Ramp or Slope (Female Accessible Toilet)

  • There is a ramp with a slight gradient and a width of at least 150cm .
  • The ramp has a handrail on the left.

Accessible Toilet (Female - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is ramped/sloped access into the accessible toilet.
  • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a poor colour contrast.
  • The door has a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door opening is 83cm.
  • The dimensions of the cubicle are 192cm x 148cm and it does not have a 150cm x 150cm turning space.
  • There is a lateral transfer space to the right of the seat.
  • The lateral transfer space is 75cm (from the side of the toilet pan to the wall).
  • There is a lever flush on the transfer side.
  • The following grab rails are available: a vertical grab rail on the transfer side, a horizontal grab rail on the door, a vertical rail on the right side of the wash basin and a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The following have a good colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door, all grab rails and the floor.
  • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: the toilet seat.
  • There is pull cord emergency alarm at a recommended height for a seated user.
  • The cubicle also has: a padded back rest for seat.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • The following fixtures are at the recommended height: the toilet seat, the wash basin, the soap dispenser and hand dryer.
  • The following fixtures are not at a recommended height: the toilet roll holder.
  • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder.
  • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the wash basin, the soap dispenser and hand dryer.

Ramp or Slope (Male Accessible Toilet)

  • A width of at least 150cm and There is a ramp with a slight gradient .
  • The ramp has a handrail on the left.

Accessible Toilet (Male - Right Hand Transfer)

  • There is ramped/sloped access into the accessible toilet.
  • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a poor colour contrast.
  • The door has a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door opening is 84cm.
  • The dimensions of the cubicle are 148cm x 200cm and it does not have a 150cm x 150cm turning space.
  • There is a lateral transfer space to the right of the seat.
  • The lateral transfer space is 90cm (from the side of the toilet pan to the wall).
  • There is a lever flush on the transfer side.
  • The following grab rails are available: a vertical rail on the right side of the wash basin, a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side, a horizontal grab rail on the door and a vertical grab rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The following have a good colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door, all grab rails and the dropdown rail.
  • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: the toilet seat.
  • There is pull cord emergency alarm at a recommended height for a seated user.
  • The cubicle also has: a padded back rest for seat.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • The following fixtures are at the recommended height: the toilet seat, the toilet roll holder, the wash basin, the soap dispenser and hand dryer.
  • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder and the wash basin.
  • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the wash basin, the soap dispenser and hand dryer.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is ramped/sloped access into the toilet(s).
  • The male standard toilet was surveyed.
  • There is also a female toilet in the same location.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.

Steps (Parent and Baby Room)

  • There is one step.
  • The step is not clearly marked and there are no handrails.

Parent and Baby Room / Breastfeeding Room

  • There is stepped access into the parent and baby room.
  • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a poor colour contrast.
  • There is a baby change facility at a recommended height.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • There is a chair without armrests.
  • Waste bins include: a nappy bin.

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