1. Find a noble steed
Take a ride around your local countryside with Riding for the Disabled‘s charming horses. Members can ride indoors, outside or even go on a holiday and there are groups throughout the country. The horses will give you a great chance to access rural Britain – just ring your local centre to find out more.
2. Go green in Eden
The Eden Project, in Cornwall, makes an ideal day out for all ages and abilities. In fact, in 2010 it was hailed as the UK’s top accessible attraction. Not only has the site been designed to accommodate wheelchairs, the Eden Project has worked closely with the Sensory Trust to find creative ways to share information, such as a wooden tactile map that allows people with visual impairments to experience the site’s landscape and architecture. The Biomes are focused as much on touch, sound and smell as they are on sights.
3. Wrap up warm
Embrace the cold weather and get skiing at your local Disability Snowsport centre – whether it’s on a dry slope in Birmingham, an indoor snowdome in Milton Keynes or on the wild highlands of the Cairngorm Mountains. Join up with a group of other people who have taken to the slopes, with or without the snow, and adapted the sport. There are qualified instructors and a range of different ways in which you can experience the downhill thrill.
4. Epic views from Wales’ highest peak
Don’t sweat it, the Snowdonia railway is a more relaxed way to get up the mountain and see the sights. Carriage 10 has space for one manual and one standard size electric wheelchair – just phone at least one day in advance to let them know your requirements.
5. Country grandeur
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens is an impressive country house in York that provides full wheelchair access all over the grounds, including lifts and wheelchairs available to hire. There is plenty to do here for both children and adults, and if the weather turns, you will be sure to have a very luxurious shelter.
6. Off roading
The Tramper is an all-terrain mobility scooter, designed to take you off-road. It is built to handle uneven ground that might be encountered on some of the more country paths. They are available to hire throughout the country and provide an excellent wheelchair alternative.
7. A countryside celeb
Visit The World of James Herriot and see where one of the countryside’s celebrities based himself. The World of James Herriot is fully accessible for pushchairs and wheelchair and is perfect for animal lovers who have read his books, heard his stories and are interested in his work.
8. Wild at heart
You can’t beat a good day out at the zoo, especially when the zoo provides you with level paths and easy access. In the heart of the Hampsire countryside Marwell Wildlife is great for both pushchairs and wheelchairs, so go wild!