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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

Wimbleball Lake is a beautiful lake within the Exmoor National Park, with a mixture of woodland and open grass scenery. The lake is nearly 400 acres in size and is the centre of a countryside park. There are a wide range of walking and cycling trails going around the lakeside and across the dam onto Exmoor at Haddon Hill. There is an activity centre with sailing and fishing boats to hire and many outdoor activities. For disabled persons or those who cannot walk far there is one Tramper all terrain mobility scooter for hire from the rangers office. The Tramper will take you easily around the lake on the identified trails. See the countryside mobility website for full details and information on hiring the Tramper. There is also a wheeley boat for hire which you drive your scooter or wheelchair into, you do not need to get out and then you can have a boat trip around the lake. Because the front of the wheeley boat lowers like a landing craft you have a flat ramp to walk into the boat making access so much easier. There is a café in the main car park. There are toilets and a wheelchair accessible toilet beside the café. There are further toilets beside the rangers’ office. Tramper Trail 3 goes from the cafe past the rangers office along the lakeside, out onto a road and onto the road bridge at Bessom Bridge, which gives spectacular views on both sides up and down the lake. The path from the cafe is gravel and mostly 2m wide. The lakeside path varies from 1m to 2m wide. The road has no pavement but the Bessom Bridge does have a pavement. The steepest gradient was 10.5%. All the path was mobility scooter accessible. surveyed by Gordon Guest and Richard Allen July 2013.

Surveyed by: Exmoor National Park Authority Volunteer, June 2013 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 2.1 km

Public Transport: No.
Car Park: Yes there is a car park beside the cafe, and another gravel car park on the far side of Bessom Bridge.
Steps: no
Barriers: There is an accessible foot gate out onto the road. If you continue along the lakeside without going onto the road you come to a stile and a large metal car crash barrier. If you go through the gate along the road you have road access.
Toilets: There are toilets at the cafe and rangers office.

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Cafe at start of Tramper Trail 3.

Accessible toilets Cafe at start of Tramper Trail 3.

Car parking and footpath through woods leading away from cafe.

Path Car parking and footpath through woods leading away from cafe.

Paths in car park.

Path Paths in car park.

Woodland footpath.

Path Woodland footpath.

Direction sign to cafe.

Information Direction sign to cafe.

Change of direction. Follow path beside trees along lake to Bessom Bridge.

Direction Change of direction. Follow path beside trees along lake to Bessom Bridge.

toilets beside rangers office.

Toilets toilets beside rangers office.

toilets beside rangers office.

Toilets toilets beside rangers office.

Lakeside path to Bessom Bridge.

Path Lakeside path to Bessom Bridge.

gate

Gate gate

seat

Seat seat

Path

view

View view

path

Path path

Path to Bessom Bridge. Tramper trail 3.

Path Path to Bessom Bridge. Tramper trail 3.

Gate onto road. Wheelchair accessible. When on road turn right to get to Bessom bridge.
Alternative footpath just before gate along lake shore leads to style and metal barrier.

Path Gate onto road. Wheelchair accessible. When on road turn right to get to Bessom bridge. Alternative footpath just before gate along lake shore leads to style and metal barrier.

 

Path

Road across Bessom bridge.

Path Road across Bessom bridge.

Pavement on Bessom Bridge.

Path Pavement on Bessom Bridge.

View of lake from Bessom bridge towards bird hide.

View View of lake from Bessom bridge towards bird hide.

Stile on alternative footpath to Bessom Bridge.

Barrier Stile on alternative footpath to Bessom Bridge.

Metal barrier on alternative footpath to Bessom Bridge.

Path Metal barrier on alternative footpath to Bessom Bridge.

Cross roads on road by Bessom Bridge. You change direction at this cross roads.

Path Cross roads on road by Bessom Bridge. You change direction at this cross roads.

 

Path

Seat in car park

Seat Seat in car park

Gravel car park at far end of lake.

CarPark Gravel car park at far end of lake.

Gravel surface in car park.

Path Gravel surface in car park.

Tussocky grass path down to lakeside. Path becomes very narrow and not suitable for Tramper scooter.

Path Tussocky grass path down to lakeside. Path becomes very narrow and not suitable for Tramper scooter.

 

Path

Fishing boat.

Information Fishing boat.

Metal barrier to climb over.

Path Metal barrier to climb over.

This is the alternative lakeside path when you come to the gate beside the road. You can go out onto the road or follow this path and come to a style and metal barrier.

Path This is the alternative lakeside path when you come to the gate beside the road. You can go out onto the road or follow this path and come to a style and metal barrier.

Wimbleball Lake Tramper Trail 3 to Bessom Bridge. Phototrail

 

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Barrier
Clearance
Gate
Gradient
Obstacle
Seat
Step
Surface
Visibility
Width
Accessible toilets
Blue Badge parking bays
CarPark
Public Transport
Toilets
Bird Hide
Boating
Cafe
Fishing
Museum & Heritage
Shelter
Viewing Platform
Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
Wildlife
Feature of Interest
Information
View
Direction
End
Path
Start

 

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