Travellers with Disabilities

New buildings have wheelchair access, and even hotels in grand old country houses often have lifts, ramps and other facilities. Hotels and B&Bs in historic buildings are often harder to adapt, so you'll have less choice here.

For long-distance travel, coaches can present problems, though staff will help where possible. On trains there’s often more room and better facilities; in some modern carriages all the signs are repeated in Braille. There's normally a phone and a sign detailing how to request help.

Modern city buses tend to have low floors for easier access. Bigger taxi firms will have vehicles that can take wheelchairs.

Exploring the region’s wilder spaces can present challenges, but efforts have been made. These include on the South West Coast Path (www.southwestcoastpath.com) where some more remote parts have been made more accessible – check the website's Easy Access Walks tab.

The Dartmoor National Park Authority (www.dartmoor.gov.uk) produces the Easy Going Dartmoor booklet for less-mobile visitors (available online). This outlines facilities and has a good range of accessible routes to explore.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.