Great inspiration for accessible days out may begin with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, but it certainly doesn’t end there. We’ve scoured the country to find even more people and organisations to share great ideas and advice to make getting out and about easier to plan and enjoy. From tourism professionals, to disability experts, and even Rough Guide to Accessible Britain fans who simply have fun experiences to share, the Days Out Blog is regularly updated and includes news and updates that we hope you’ll find inspiring, entertaining and useful. We hope that the Days Out Blog encourages more people get out and about and enjoy the many fantastic, accessible attractions throughout the UK.
I am so pleased that Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire is once again open for the summer season. Every year my husband and I purchase a season ticket and make full use of the beautiful estate, currently owned by the Lansdowne family. It has accessible paths throughout and the most incredible gardens to explore. It also has an added bonus of a fantastic adventure play area with a huge wooden pirate ship that my young daughter just can’t get enough of!
The paths around the estate and the lake are either tarmac or gravel and we have never had any problems using our pushchair. There are a few bits of the estate that require a bit of pushing effort as parts of the path do have an steep incline, particularly around the lake and in the Rhododendron Walks, but to be able to access all areas and experience Bowood fully, it is certainly worth it.
It really is a fabulous place to visit and I can’t rate it highly enough as a great accessible day out for all the family. With secret grottos and caves, trees that are hundreds of years old, wildlife in abundance and the sun glistening on the lake, it just feels so refreshing, peaceful and magical to be there. There really is a sense of being away from it all and we always feel totally relaxed and rejuvenated after our visits.
Marie is the founder of walkswithwheelchairs.com and walkswithbuggies.com, she feels passionately that everyone has the right to experience the great British countryside and spends much of her free time investigating and reviewing new walks. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband, her 2 small children and 2 dogs.
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