Tips and advice for mobility equipment and disability aids in Alton, Hampshire.
The charming and vibrant town of Alton in north-east Hampshire is situated at the source of the River Wey, enjoying a rural backdrop at the gateway to the South Downs National Park.
Alton is known by many people as “Jane Austen Country”, given its close ties to the neighbouring parish of Chawton, home to Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton Library. As well as being a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, Alton also boasts its own heritage attraction – the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line.
For anyone visiting the town, you’ll discover a variety of shops – from national chain stores to local independent retailers. All located within a short distance of the town centre, Alton offers a wide choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and quintessentially English pubs. Meanwhile, the Alton Farmers’ Market operates every second Saturday in the High Street.
Wheelchair Accessibility in Alton
Being relatively flat, Alton is reasonably easy to navigate if you are a wheelchair user or if you have a mobility scooter.
The nearby Watercress Line has a range of facilities to make the railway conveniently accessible. It even includes ramps to aid boarding at all stations, wheelchair accessible carriages that can accommodate 2-3 visitors in wheelchairs and their carers, as well as tables to eat on. On standard travel days, the train departs from Alton at 10.20am and 1.25pm. To plan your journey or day of travel, it’s always advisable to check first. Please contact us or phone on 01962 733810 for up-to-date information.
Parking in Alton
Alton operates the Blue Badge parking scheme. The scheme allows the holder the use of designated parking spaces, on occasions parking on single or double yellow lines, as well as free parking at parking meters in some areas.
The easiest way is to apply online but, if you don’t have internet access, the scheme is available through the local library or, alternatively ask a family member, family carer or someone anyone you may know in a support group.
Public and Disabled Toilets in Alton
The majority of Alton’s public conveniences provide disabled facilities.
Council public toilets can be found at Turk Street Car Park and Lady Place Car Park. They are cleaned frequently.
There are also disabled access toilets at the Alton Community Centre, Alton.
Radar Keys are available free for people with disabilitiesand you can collect a Radar Key from the council offices at Penns Place, Alton. Keys can also be posted to you, if you call 730 234295.
The Alton Shopmobility programme is designed to help anyone with reduced mobility the opportunity to enjoy the facilities the town has to offer.
Alton Community Association (ACA) has a fleet of 3 motorised scooters and 4 manual wheelchairs, which are available for hire from Alton Community Centre.
Pre-booking is always advised. You can telephone to book a scooter for a specific day and time or, if required, for a longer period. You can also just turn up and take a scooter into Alton to do your shopping, if one is available – but pre-booking is always advised. Please call 01420 85057.
For Shopmobility and Scooter Hire – Maximum hire 4 weeks
Manual Wheelchair – £4 a day or £20 a week
Motorised Scooter – £2.50 per hour, £8 per day or £40 per week
Useful Alton Links
Wheelchair advice in Alton
Visit Hampshire – There’s so much to see in and around Alton. This link provides superb information of what delights await you.
Alton Town Council – The main council website for the city council – a comprehensive guide to all the public services provided in the Alton area.
Alton Pocket Guide – This handy pocket guide to Alton will help you discover the history of the town, places to eat, walk, shop and stay, as well as days out for the whole family.
Countryside Accessibility – This comprehensive site, compiled by the Hampshire Accessible Countryside, Sport and Disabled Organisations, is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of Hampshire, providing information on disabled access, wheelchair walks, easy access, access for all, walks on wheels and miles without stiles.
Shopmobility Alton – Shopmobility Alton provides a wide selection of how and where to hire mobility equipment to help you conveniently access the places you need to go.
The Best Mobility Equipment – If live you live in Alton, tips and info on the best tactics for sourcing the best mobility equipment, like wheelchairs and rollators. With Mobility Aids, Early Planning is Always the Best Plan.
New 2 You Mobility Equipment – Check out our superb service, great for Alton residents looking for competitively priced, ex-demo or nearly brand-new mobility products.
Mobility Specialists in Alton
Established in 2010, Out & About is a friendly, reliable and highly experienced local company, dedicated to finding solutions for anyone experiencing challenges in day-to-day independent living. We’ve been assisting customers in the Alton area for many years, matching them with the most appropriate mobility and disability aids to suit their needs – at the most competitive prices!
We stock mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs, powerchairs, manual wheelchairs, walkers and rollators – essential, every-day mobility aids for getting out and about easily in the town and wider Alton locale. Plus, ramps, steps and rails to improve property access.
Disability Aids in Alton Hampshire
For indoors, we have a great range of Riser Recliners and fireside chairs, stairlifts, bathroom aids and daily living aids. All geared to ensuring you can live comfortably and conveniently in your Alton home.
Not only do we provide a superb range of mobility equipment, which you can demo in our well-stocked showroom, we can also arrange appointments in your home, as well as door-to-door delivery and collection, if this is more to your liking.
And, whenever your mobility aids require service and maintenance, this is also a central part of the Out and About service to our Alton clientele.
Examples of our Mobility Equipment to keep you on the move when you’re out and about in Alton:
Mobility Scooters in Alton
Brands include TGA, Invacare. Kymco, Roma and Prides. Prices start from £1650 ex VAT.
Electric Wheelchairs and Powerchairs in Alton
Brands include Invacare, Pride, Kymco and Roma. Prices start from £1470 ex VAT.
Manual Wheelchairs in Alton
Brands include Invacare, Vanos, Karma ND Drive. Prices start from £140 ex VAT.
Walkers and Rollators in Alton
Brands include Flexel, Topro, Dietz and Drive. Prices start from £80 ex VAT.
If you live in Alton, for mobility equipment hire or purchase, insurance, finance, advice and dedicated repairs & servicing, Out and About has everything you need. And, as one of the most respected mobility specialists in Alton, we are also part of Hampshire County Council’s ‘Buy with Confidence’ retailer scheme.