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Miles Of Smiles: Visiting The Lake District In A Wheelchair

Miles Of Smiles: Visiting The Lake District In A Wheelchair

With the Lake District now the UK’s favourite National Park, with over a quarter of National Park visitors making it their top choice in a 2018 survey, you may be wondering if you can visit to take in the stunning scenery for yourself. The answer, luckily, is yes. With guided walks and accessible footpaths, the area is as welcoming as it is beautiful. So if you love exploring the Great British countryside, prepare for a new adventure in this unique part of England.

Why choose the Lake District?

The Lake District National Park is made up of 26 miles of coastlines and estuaries, enriched with nearly 30,000 hectares of vibrant woodland. Whether you’re passionate about hiking, bird watching, or fishing, it’s easy to see why this area has been voted among the best places to live in the UK. It’s also one of the UK’s most popular retirement destinations due to the stunning scenery, wide variety of activities on offer, clean high streets, quality produce and friendly locals. Many of those who are saving up for retirementand are dreaming about an active, fulfilling work-free new chapter of life, are highly advised to consider Cumbria’s lakes and mountains for a literal breath of fresh air.

Is it wheelchair friendly?

Absolutely. A number of organisations have worked together to create "Miles without stiles", 48 routes across the National Park for people using wheelchairs or with limited mobility, alongside guided walks for those with visual impairments. Each route is graded according to its surface, gradient and suggested users. While 83% of visitors arrive by car, it is also possible to reach the Lake District by train , bus or boat, and many of these services are wheelchair-friendly too. The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole is also an accessible source of useful information and help should you need it.

What if I work up an appetite?

When it comes to a hearty meal after a day exploring the lakes, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to accessible restaurants in the area. From casual harbourside dining to friendly pubs, the Lake District offers plenty of options for every diner. There are also local breweries, ice cream makers and prize-winning butchers to tantalise your tastebuds.

Where can I stay?

The Lake District is also packed with wonderful places to stay, from boutique hotels to cosy bed and breakfasts. With wheelchair accessible holiday cottages too, you can soon find the perfect place to use as a base while you go exploring. The only thing that the area can’t easily provide for you is good weather! Pack plenty of layers and a waterproof coat, and check the forecast before you go out.

This stunning part of England has so much to offer, whether you’re visiting as a holiday maker or considering it for future retirement potential. From well thought-out routes around the parks to the wealth of accessible dining and accommodation options, the Lake District offers a wonderful welcome to wheelchair users. It’s no wonder it is so well loved by those who know it.

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