Accessible travel is a market that has been growing rapidly over the past couple of years. There are, however, still not enough destinations that allow easy access for those in a wheelchair or with mobility issues. In this blog post, we want to highlight 5 travel destinations that should be on your list when your looking at disabled holidays for families in the UK.
Most public transport allows for accessible travel these days, but if you have a wheelchair friendly car, used mobility vehicles are available online and so much cheaper than I initially thought, why not go for a road trip? Admittedly, it might take some pre-hand planning, but the Peak District has an entire website dedicated to traveling with disabilities. Initiatives such as Wheels for All or Wheelyboats give you the opportunity to enjoy cycling or boating adventures with all the family. There are also regular guided walks suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users. Contact the Peak District National Park Authority Ranger Service on 01629 816290.
Bluestone is a holiday park set in the heart of Pembrokeshire/Wales. It offers free range for for everyone, no matter what their age or abilities. Specially altered lodges with wider doorways, shower seats and handrails offer extra help while open-plan living spaces and downstairs bedrooms, dining and outdoor areas make it over access for those relying on a wheelchair. The resort’s Blue Lagoon Waterpark has disabled changing rooms, an Aqua Chair that can be requested as well as a hoist for the pool. And with over 100 activities to choose from, there’ll be something fun to do for every member of the family.
Camp Mohawk in Berkshire was a suggestion from my friend Alice. She says: “Camp Mohawk don’t just cover your average wheelchair disability, they’ve got facilities for all types. Their staff are all amazing and trained, they even have a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and a petting zoo. They’re not just for the disabled though, scout groups and such use it for camps and siblings absolutely love it. We’ve been visiting for 13 years and it’s our favourite place.”
While the tube is still a little hit and miss when it comes to providing access to wheelchair users at all stations, London busses are a fantastic way to get around town. Almost all of them have wheelchair ramps and reserved seats for wheelchair users. Most bigger hotels have wheelchair-friendly rooms and attractions all around town offer discounts for handicapped visitors and their carers. The London Eye, the Tate Modern, London Zoo, the Royal Opera House, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace are just some of them.
Another family-friendly resort that’s a great accessible travel destination is Potters Resort in Great Yarmouth/Norfolk. We’ve spent a week there a couple of years ago and saw a lot of guests with wheelchairs that got a around the facilities without any problems. Staff were always helpful and if you fancy a trip down to the beach, you can even borrow a free beach wheelchair from the Tourist Information Centre in Great Yarmouth.