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Disabled Holidays in Somme

Canal in Amiens, Somme

Known for its beautiful countryside and poignant battlefields, the Somme makes for an attractive and historical holiday destination within close reach of the UK.

Its most spectacular natural feature is the Baie de Somme, an expansive estuary along the English Channel, with panoramic views of wide golden beaches, sandy dunes and fertile marshland. Officially listed as one of the most beautiful bays in the world, it’s long been the inspiration of painters and writers, including Degas and Jules Verne, and is also home to thousands of migratory birds and the largest French colony of harbour seals.

Farther inland you’ll find verdant countryside, charming parks and gardens, fascinating war museums, and accessible walks along the banks of the peaceful Somme river. At the region’s heart is the capital Amiens, an attractive, cultural city and keeper of many of the Somme’s best heritage sights.

Accessible attractions

Numerous battlefield tours are available in and around the Somme, including those by car, minibus and even train, many of them wheelchair accessible.

Some tours focus solely on the Somme battlefields, stopping at notable memorials and cemeteries, whereas others also take in the sites at Ypres, including the Menin Gate and the In Flanders Fields Museum. The museum benefits from being highly accessible for visitors with mobility, hearing and visual impairments, with access and lifts for wheelchair users. Video material is subtitled, and guide dogs are welcome.

Accessible sights in the Somme itself include the Amiens Wildlife Park; the Jules Verne Museum, also in Amiens; and the Hortillonnages, a network of canals and floating gardens. The gardens offer boat tours for disabled guests, with staff assassinating wheelchair users from their chair to the boat.

Getting there

By Eurotunnel

Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais (35 minutes) and drive to the Somme. The drive from Calais to Amiens takes about 1 hour 40 minutes.

By ferry

There is no direct ferry crossing to the Somme, but you can take the ferry from Dover to Calais (1 hour 30 minutes) or from Newhaven to Dieppe (four hours) and drive to the Somme.

By train

You can take the Eurostar from London (St Pancras International), Ashford (Kent) and Ebbsfleet (Kent) to Paris and then change for Amiens. The journey will take between 3 hours 15 minutes to just over four hours.

By plane

Flights are available from the UK to Paris, Lille and Rouen, from which train services travel to the Somme.

Types of accessible accommodation: Gîtes and cottages.

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