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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.

Accessible adventures in the Lake District – Carrie-Ann Lightley, Tourism for All UK

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.

Tarn Hows

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 stunning enough for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age or ability, and the circular track is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. The National Trust has a Tramper – an 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 01539 441 456. 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.

Carrie-Ann Lightley is an accessible tourism expert who has run Tourism for All UK’s information, membership and partnership services since 2005. She’s a wheelchair user who loves to travel, a provider of information to disabled people and a well-respected figure within the tourism industry. She recently launched carrieannlightley.com to share her experiences and expertise, and inspire others to travel.

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