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Home Lifts Experts – UK domestic lifts comparison site
The Home Lift Experts are a team of specialists who can recommend the right home lift for you based on size, style, budget and whether a wheelchair or multi-floor use is required. (3/10/19)
Stiltz Home Lifts
The Stiltz Home Lift offers users an alternative to the stairs with its unique range of ‘through the floor’ domestic lifts which can make almost any home fully accessible. The Stiltz Home Lift providers the homeowner with a simple way of transferring between the floors of their property. (10/9/19)
Stiltz Wheelchair Lift
The Stiltz Trio Home Lift has been designed for wheelchair users to help them live independently at home. ((10/9/19)
CareCo Mobility Scooters and Powerchairs – Sponsored Link
CareCo sells a wide range of mobility scooters and powerchairs that are suitable for off-road rambling, as well as road legal scooters, pavement and travel scooters. Get out and enjoy life with a CareCo mobility scooter. (18/01/21)
Birding For All is seeking to improve access for people with disabilities to reserves, facilities and services for birding – membership is FREE and open to all regardless of physical ability.
Class 3 Scooter use on roads Department of transport regulations regarding powered wheelchairs and scooters.
Disability Grants A website listing numerous organisations offering grants to the disabled and carers.
Disabled Photographers’ Society We are a registered national charity founded in 1968. We promote photography for people with disabilities, or their carers, or groups or anyone with an interest in helping the disabled. If you have a disability and want to enjoy photography We are here to help, advise and encourage you to overcome the difficulties and to take great photographs.
David Winwood An artist who is disabled. His website describes some of his rambles on his mobility scooter in South Wales.
The Institute of Public Rights of Way Officers The professional body which represents over 350 individuals who are involved in the management of public rights of way in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
MS Mutual Support exists for Serving and ex-Serving members of the Armed Forces and Reserves, their dependants and carers affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).
MS Society Wheel & Walk Wheel and Walk is fully accessible and open to everyone.
National Trust Provide Tramper scooters for use at some of their properties
Natural England Advice and links to keep you safe and ensure you get the best enjoyment possible from your visit.
Natural England (DEFRA) Find a Walk More than 1800 walks, rides and areas of open access.
the Ramblers Britain’s biggest charity working for walkers.
The Ramblers – Get Walking The Ramblers introduction to walking
rica Conducts research for older and disabled people. Produce guides to scooter and car choice.
Walking in England. Thousands of FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the country. Wheelchair / Tramper accessibility included wherever it is mentioned in the walk description.
Walks with Wheelchairs Are totally dedicated to providing free information on routes that are suitable for wheelchair users throughout the UK.
Disabled Ramblers Northern Ireland Disabled Ramblers Northern Ireland extends a warm welcome to you. DRNI is a rambling club for people with limited mobility which provides them, and their friends and family, opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside. Membership is free and includes the use of a motorised scooter, the only charge being a modest handling fee for each ramble and admission charges when required
Carradale Bikes and Buggies’ is on the remote Kintyre Peninsular. They have a Tramper for hire to explore Carradale’s forest tracks and trails.
Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers A sister organisation in Scotland
Highland Disabled Ramblers A sister organisation in Scotland
Countryside Mobility South West Has Tramper mobility scooters and wheelchair accessible Wheelyboats are available for hire at locations across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset. The scheme is managed by Living Options Devon (LOD), a charitable organisation that exists to ensure people with disabilities and Deaf people can make an active and equal contribution in society.
Cornwall Rolling Ramblers Organises rambles in Cornwall.
Cotswolds AONB Self Guided Walks has 10 rambles suitable for wheels.
Dartmoor National Park Has an audio guide to a ramble from Princetown
Dartmoor Easy Going Walks for the less able
Disabled on Exmoor Making Exmoor accessible to disabled people.
Experience Community provides films and information about walks and other leisure activities for disabled people and the wider community. Based in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, they run rambles in the wider area mainly using the Mountain Trike.
Hampshire Roamability Social events and rambles in Hampshire and neighbouring counties.
Lake District Mobility help people with reduced or limited mobility to access the beautiful views of the Lake District and surrounding counties with their family and friends.
They are a non-profit charity who provides all-terrain vehicles, accessibility assessments and presentations to make attractions and the outdoors more accessible for all.
Lakeland’s Easiest Walks These 38 specially selected short walks are all equally suitable for people with limited mobility and for very young children.
Lancashire’s Easiest Walks 36 walks suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and people with limited mobility
Norwich Access Group work to improve access in the area of Norfolk and hold regular meetings for all disabled people in Norwich..
Open Country is a Harrogate-based disability charity which helps people with disabilities to access the countryside. This is largely achieved through leading countryside activities including easy-going walks to more challenging rambles, tandem cycling, visits to country parks and historical places, conservation work, and outdoor pursuits and adventures. They work with adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, sensory impairments and physical disabilities. Open Country also provides information, training and advice about accessibility in the countryside. In 2017 they expanded their organisation with their Wild about Wakefield project, based at Thornes Park in Wakefield.
Ribble Valley Shopmobility A wide range of mobility aids for hire from Tea Trolleys to Trampers. Ribble Valley Shopmobility have teamed up with Ribble Valley Borough Council and the ‘Stepping Out‘ programme to offer Tramper vehicles for hire to people with limited mobility to take part in selected walks.
Short Walks Pembrokeshire A guide describing short walks along the Pembrokeshire coast; suitable for those in a wheelchair, those with small children in pushchairs or buggies or for those simply wanting a breath of fresh air – all the walks are accompanied by an easy-to-follow map and clear directions.
South West Coast Path Easy Access Walks on the South West Coast Path National Trail.
Tourism For All UK is the UK Voice for Accessible Tourism. We are a national charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all. A break or a holiday, or a simple day trip is important to our lives, giving us something to look forward to, time to enjoy our families, a chance for adventure, or perhaps some time to ourselves, to recover, and acquire memories of happy times. In the past, some of us have encountered barriers to our participation in tourism – disabled people, older people, carers of young people or disabled or older relatives – Tourism for All works to overcome these.
Whitby, Scarborough and Ryedale Disability Action Group provide equipment hire including scooters as well as providing a range of other services.
Wiltshire Walks Wiltshire Walks is a unique company who provide Guided Walks and Theme Tours around the footpaths, woodlands, downs, rivers, villages & ancient sites of North Wiltshire and the western Kennet Valley. They also provide short Courses on associated topics such as Map Reading & Compass Skills, GPS & Geocaching, and can supply professionally produced detailed Maps and Route Cards
Wokingham Area Access Group Community group designed to improve accessibility and provision for the disabled or parents with buggies in the shops, services and public attractions in the Wokingham Borough.
Friends of Wycoller have published ‘Miles without Stiles’ for this area on the Lancashire / Yorkshire border.
Yorkshire – Clapham Adventure Offers “Adventure for All”. Caving, climbing, cycling, walking, Trampering – are offered to people of All Abilities and disAbilities.
While we don’t know of any similar organisation in Australia, the following links might be of interest:
Please note that ideas vary on what is deemed ‘Accessible’. Please check with the owner that any accommodation is appropriate to your needs.
Aberdaron Cottage has Trampers for guests to use for free as well as accessible accommodation on the tip of the Llyn Peninsular, north-west Wales
Access All Rooms Worldwide listing of accessible rooms.
Accessible South 4 all lists accommodation along the south cast of England. Also locations with Trampers and other scooters for hire.
Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Center in the New Forest offers accessible accommodation and activities.
Bleasdale Cottages Four star self catering holiday accommodation in the Forest of Bowland AONB will provide for B&B for the disabled.
The Beamsley Project within the Bolton Abbey Estate is an independent charity with over 15 years of experience in providing accessible, self-catering holiday accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales. We provide fully accessible accommodation for individuals with disabilities, their families and groups with disabilities.
Campsites.co.uk have 1,000s of sites across the UK with facilities for the disabled: https://www.campsites.co.uk/search/campsites-with-disabled-facilities
Dartmoor Accommodation website is run by Lisa who has 10 years of experience of finding accommodation suitable for people with disabilities. there is lots of other information on her site too.
Disabled Holiday Info A charity with information on accessible accommodation across Britain & Ireland.
East Lancs Disabled Drivers have a disabled – friendly static caravan for hire.
Ellwood Cottages Located in the heart of beautiful rural Dorset in the peaceful hamlet of Woolland, Ellwood Cottages are outstanding conversions of three traditionally built barns, in a courtyard setting.
Fell End Bunkhouse offers group accommodation for the disabled in the Yorkshire Dales
High Wray Farm, Lake District has accessible self-catering accommodation. “This newly converted former Stable is situated within the steading at High Wray Farm. The cottage has two en-suite bedrooms a lounge dining area and kitchen, equipped and furnished to a high standard. This cottage also has the benefit of being fully accessible for disabled visitors. ”
Hoe Grange Accessible Holidays, Peak District. BOMA 7 off-road wheelchair available for hire to guests. “Hidden in the spectacular Peak District hills between Ashbourne and Bakewell, Hoe Grange Holidays offers four stylish and spacious self-catering log cabins”.
Holiday Cottage Wales have an accessible cottage. Ash Tree lodge is situated just outside the small quiet village of Llanfynydd in the heart of the Carmarthenshire, West Wales right on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Holiday Homes Trust part of the Scouts, is a national charity, dedicated to providing self-catering caravan accommodation for families, groups, and their carers. We cater for people with a disability or illness and low or single-income families, in fact any family whose quality of life is diminished by disability, infirmity or misfortune. They have accessible mobile homes in 8 locations across England: Bognor Regis, Exmouth, Filey, Gt. Yarmouth, New Milton, Paignton, Poole & St Austell.
HolidayParkSpecials.co.uk offer over 800 holiday parks across Europe and have dedicated pages for their holiday parks for disabled travelers
Holton Lee Near Poole, Dorset. Empowering and resourcing people, particularly carers and disabled people, through creativity, environmental awareness, personal growth and spirituality.
Irton House Farm in the Lake District offers a choice of six holiday cottages which sit around a central courtyard. The cottages have been carefully designed to provide easy access and comfort for all our guests including any with disability including wheelchair users.
Orchard Manor in Probus, near Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4LY
Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, Luxury Apartments, one with disabled access, ideal if you need respite care for a few days, Holiday Accommodation.
Peveril House, Castleton offers: THE COACH HOUSE. We are happy to offer a ground floor, easy access suite with wide doors, floor level shower/wet room with hand grab rails and alarm alert system for reduced mobile guests. (Please note that there is a small lip to the entrance for which might need you to bring a pair of ramps – web officer)
With a double bedroom, open plan living room with full kitchen facilities, dining table and chairs, double sofa bed for extra guests, comfy armchair, luxury en-suite shower room with bathrobes, fluffy towels, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, H.D tv with freeview, free wi-fi.
Safehands has accessible hotel accommodation in Llandudno and Blackpool.
Sykes Wheelchair Friendly Cottages. A UK based company which specialises in independently owned self catering holiday cottage accommodation. They currently have over 3000 properties across the UK and Ireland.
Summerfield Farm near Whitby offer Accessible accommodation: “Located just South of Whitby on the A171, Summerfield Farm offers quality holiday accommodation with spectacular views across open countryside to the sea and North to Whitby Abbey. Furnished to a high specification there are three holiday cottages and a holiday home to choose from. All of the accommodations have disabled facilities. They are open all year and have log burners to keep you warm and cosy on those wintry evenings.”
Treworgans Farm Holidays offer high quality, wheelchair-accessible self-
UR Needs Accommodation Northern Ireland Accessible accommodation on the Causeway Coast
Woodcombe Lodges Minehead, Somerset, have three accessible lodges. Very handy for our ramble on Exmoor and The Quantock Hills. I stayed here while checking out our rambles for 2018 and the owners, who live on site, could not have been more helpful.
AbilityNet offer free computer help to disabled people.
ABLEize List of UK Disabled Rambling Clubs and much more. ABLEize is a UK disability resource directory offering, perhaps, the biggest collection of disability, mobility and health resources in the UK and Europe.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (ACE) Promoting accessibility to leisure and sport, signposting family, carer and disability support organisations
Direct Enquiries Nationwide Disabled Access Register of accessible businesses.
Disabled Holiday Info Information about holidays for people with disabilities including wheelchair accessible visitor attractions, activities and accommodation.
Enable Holidays We offer a range of over 250 accessible hotels and apartments to suit varying levels of mobility – for disabled people with limited mobility, for wheelchair-users, slow walkers – their families and friends.
Free Spirit Travel Insurance has produced a set of guides for all seniors with any medical condition. Free Spirit provide information related to what people need to know before they plan their next trip abroad. They also have condition specific guides, for people with heart conditions and cancer patients.
Good Access Guide UK directory of services for disabled people, seniors, and anyone whose life is made easier by better access to goods, services and amenities.
FastFitClothing Designed specially by a Tetraplegic wheelchair user, our clothing perfectly blends performance and price whilst retaining a discreet and stylish appearance. Our product has been put to the test in some of the toughest weather conditions you will face check out the next slide to see the results after being out in a heavy down pour for about an hour. As you can see (on the website) my clothing and cushion have been kept completely dry so when I got home I could whip off the trousers and put the kettle on not have the hassle of getting changed or sit on a wet cushion. Don’t believe us? place an order and try for yourself
LILY – Living Independently in Later Years For people in West Norfolk. The directory brings together information about a wide range of services, activities, advice and guidance, primarily for the over 65s, providing an easy-to-access, easy-to-use reference and signposting guide. For anyone who does not have access to the internet, information can be accessed by calling 01553 616200 and speaking to a member of our Customer Service team. An adviser will search the directory on behalf of the caller and let them have all the relevant information. If required, this information can be sent to them or to a relative, friend or carer by post or email.
Rocky Mountain Wheelchair Tours offer holidays in the rocky Mountains, Alberta Canada. ” At Rocky Mountain Wheelchair Tours, we believe that everyone is entitled to a vacation. What better place than Southern Alberta? Majestic mountains, special attractions, events, activities, world-famous facilities and enjoyable spas with medicinal hot springs are all available for your enjoyment. We have researched, planned and developed tours that can be enjoyed by those with mobility, hearing, visual and mental challenges.”
The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Medical Condition: http://www.insurancewith.com/travelling-with-a-medical-condition/
Air Travel Checklist for Heart Patients: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20040719/new-air-travel-checklist-for-heart-patients?page=2
The Static Rambler A personal Blog of rambles done on a small scooter for you to follow.
Towergate Insurance are specialists in covering pre-existing medical conditions.