The Lake District is a popular holiday destination, and was recently the first UK National Park to be named a world heritage site. It’s not difficult to see why, with stunning countryside and outdoor activities to suit every level of ability.
My favourite is Tarn Hows, a stunning, accessible walk near Coniston.
It’s really popular with locals and tourists, particularly in the summer, and a fantastic place to go for a picnic. The mountain views are there for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age or ability, as the circular track is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. The National Trust have a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter available to use. It’s free of charge and visitors can book a time slot (giving 48 hours’ notice) by calling 015394 41456. For those who just want to take in the views, there’s also an accessible parking spot/view point just for disabled visitors.
Miles without Stiles
If you want to explore the Lake District, the great news is that there are more than 40 miles of routes without stiles, suitable for wheelchair users, buggies or those who find walking a challenge. You can find out more on the Lake District National Park website.
Coniston Boating Centre
For more even more accessible adventures, Coniston Boating Centre has a specifically adapted wheelchair accessible boat with a moveable ramp. It can accommodate up to three wheelchair users. The top speed is six mph, and the boat is perfect for wheelchair anglers.
Theatre by the Lake
After a day of exploring, enjoy a relaxed evening at the Theatre by the Lake. Hailed as the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain, it offers Captioned, Audio Described and Relaxed Performances, as well as full wheelchair access, lifts, accessible parking, induction loops and facilities for assistance dogs.
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