Accessibility for Visitors with Different Mobility
Sun Rising aims to be accessible for all. However, like many outdoor venues and places that aim to maintain a natural feel, we do not pretend to be entirely accessible to every independent visitor.
We advise all visitors with different mobility to call ahead of an intended visit and discuss specific needs. It is possible for us to unlock the gates to allow vehicular access right up to the Roundhouse, and within 50 yards (at most) from any grave. We also have a 4WD vehicle to drive visitors around the site should they be unable to walk or use their normal means of wheeled transport; this is only possible when the vehicles wheels will not leave extensive marks across the grass.
Tracks and paths around Sun Rising are made of Hornton stone. This can be bumpy for wheelchair users but is fine for sturdy motorised scooters. When the ground is dry, the site is as accessible as any level grassy area. In the summer, much of the burial ground and nature reserve is covered in long grass, but paths are mown to allow for access to most graves. Visitors with special access needs are welcome call ahead of a visit to request paths be mown if needed to allow better access. Older graves are less likely to be in areas with mown grass.
The Roundhouse has one single small step at each doorway. The doorway facing east is the smallest step, being no more than a few inches. The floor in the Roundhouse is smooth. This means, with a carer giving the chair a slight lift onto the back wheels, a wheelchair can easily enter the building.
The toilet facilities at Sun Rising are situated in Nova's Cabin. Please note, this is only open when there is a member of staff on site. There is a small stone ramp into the cabin and an insulating door sill: this can be negotiated with a wheelchair by tipping onto the back wheels and reversing in. The toilet cubicle is large enough for a wheelchair, but we don't yet have a good range of grab rails. These will be installed over the winter.