The UK has an abundance of popular, world-famous attractions. But what if you want to escape the big cities and find the quiet side of Britain? For wheelchair users wanting to explore the great greenery on offer this can be more daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. We’ve been working Mobility Nationwide to find some of Britain’s top accessible days out.
Whether you’re a native or looking to visit British shores, we’ve got some great ideas to expand your holiday outside of the well worn path and make sure it’s not hampered by bad facilities.
Castles, country houses and sprawling gardens. Built in the days of yore where wheelchair users weren’t thought about, many assume that they’re off limits. But thanks to institutions and trusts a huge number of properties are accessible and kitted out with facilities and transport for hire that will let you enjoy some of the most stunning locations in Britain.
Chatsworth House in Bakewell is just one of many incredible old buildings that caters to everyone. They hold loads of events too, from fairs to art exhibitions.
Hit The Trails
Getting out into the farms, forests and fields of Britain is easier than ever. From the Welsh mountains to English woods, parks associations are improving the terrain, widening paths and adding in ramps. You can choose from easy routes with completely flat surfaces or more challenging ones with a few hills and maybe a few bumps – it all depends on your fitness and sense of adventure.
For a great day out Haldon Forest Park in Exeter has several trails suitable for wheelchair users, from all-access routes to slightly more demanding paths for those with the means and a sense of adventure (just ring ahead to check it’s right for you).
From exotic to native wildlife the UK has a great love of animals. We have zoos all over in every size and speciality, the majority of which cater to wheelchair users of all ages with a fascination for wild things. Let’s not leave out aquariums and the hybrid Sea Zoo in Anglesey.
For a uniquely British experience, Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Park is one of the best locations to spot Red Kites. So if you’re a bird watching fan get to the Welsh mountains!
No matter what the wonderful British weather might be up to this summer, you can find an escape to nature that is accessible to all and will entertain the whole family. So grab a packed lunch, some suncream and get exploring the British countryside.