Shoalstone Seawater pool was constructed many years previously before the needs of persons with disabilities were well understood. At present the pool presents a number of difficulties for access.
- the ramps leading into the pool are steeper than the recommended wheelchair maximum incline of 1 in 12
- the changing rooms are accessed via steps
- immediate access to the pool area from the car park is via steep steps
However, we actively encourage everyone to visit and enjoy the pool. As a result we are working on a tactical plan to improve the accessibility of the pool.
For persons with disabilities we offer the following advice for accessing the pool area.
- If coming by car, park in the Shoalstone Pool Car Park
- The toilet block on the right hand side of the car park offers a toilet for persons with disabilities which can be used for changing. There are no suitable changing rooms in the pool area
- Access the pool area via the path leading left from the car park. Follow this path above the Shoals Cafe and bear to the right as the path descends to the sea. You will then be able to access the pool area without having to ascend or descend any steps
As part of our strategy for improving and developing the pool we are committed to addressing the specific problem of access for persons with disabilities. As a result we are working on a short term plan to carry out the following activities:-
- iterate and improve our access statement
- improve signage and advice for persons with disabilities visiting the pool
- install ramps and widen paths to allow better access to the pavilion area above the pool
- install handrails on the access path to aid persons with disabilities on their journey into the pool area
- create a dedicated drop off area in the car park for Blue Badge holders
- create dedicated car parking spaces in the car park for Blue Badge holders
Shoalstone Pool, Berry Head Road, Brixham,TQ5 9FT
We are always keen to hear your views and feedback. If you have something to tell us please do get in touch. New Volunteers are always welcome. We’re busy maintaining and improving the pool all year round.