5 Wheelchair Friendly Spring Walks

5 Wheelchair Friendly Spring Walks
March 15, 2017

Now that the weather is finally warming up it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the beautiful Yorkshire surroundings. We have picked out 5 fabulous wheelchair-friendly walks to explore this spring and summer!

Image credit: https://yorkshireflyfishing.org.uk/north-yorkshire/the-washburn-valley-reservoirs/

In Yorkshire, we are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by forests, parks, untouched green space, and glistening lakes. So really, it'd be a shame if we didn't visit every once in a while, and now the sun's poking its head from out the clouds, there's no better time.

Swinsty Reservoir

Distance: 3 miles

Good bits:

  • Free car parking is available.
  • Toilets available.
  • Beautiful views of the reservoir in a peaceful setting. It’s a great place to relax!
  • Picnic facilities available – take some sandwiches and stop off along the way for a bite to eat.
  • Sometimes an ice cream van – perfect for cooling down on a hot summer day!

Not so good bits:

  • Because of its attractive setting, the reservoir gets very busy at times.
  • Disabled toilets are only available at one of the car parks (Swinsty Moor car park).

More information: https://www.yorkshirewater.com/things-to-do/our-walks/

 

Runswick Bay

Distance: 2 miles

Good bits:

  • Short walk – only 2 miles long.
  • Pay and display car park is available (located at the start point).
  • If you’re looking for refreshments, Runswick Bay Hotel is situated near the start of the walk.
  • The route has stunning views over Runswick Bay and Port Mulgrave.

Not so good bits:

  • There are some slight rises along the route.

More information: https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/walking/our-walks/walking-routes/runswick-bay

View of Runswick Bay

Image credit: https://runswickbaycaravanandcampingpark.co.uk/gallery/#prettyPhoto

 

Staindale Lake

Distance: ½ mile

Good bits:

  • Short walk – only half a mile long.
  • Birds spotted during your walk may include ducks, geese and herons.
  • Located in Dalby Forest – experience a working forest!
  • Car park.

Not so good bits:

  • When walking around be careful to avoid unfenced, steep sections to the lake.

More information: https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/walking/our-walks/walking-routes/staindale-lake

 

Rosedale Mineral Railway

Distance: 1 ¼ miles

Good bits:

  • Small car park available.
  • The area has an interesting history – it was once home to kilns, mines and a moorland railway.
  • Roasting kilns can still be seen near the car park – remember to bring your camera!

Not so good bits:

  • Although RADER toilets are available they are a little bit of a distance away, located at Rosedale Abbey.

More information: https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/enjoy-outdoors/walking/our-walks/walking-routes/rosedale-mineral-railway

 

Robin Hood’s Bay

Distance: ¾ mile

Good bits:

  • Short walk – only ¾ mile.
  • Viewpoints – wonderful views of the village.
  • Pay and display car park.
  • If you’re looking for refreshments, Grosvenor Hotel which is opposite the car park has ramped access.

Not so good bits:

  • Although there are toilets at the station car park, they are only open during the summer season.

More information: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cleveland-way/leaflets (Downloadable Robin Hoods Bay easy access walk leaflet).

Street at Robin Hoods Bay

Image credit: https://www.yorkshire.com/inspiration/features/welcome-to-smugglers-town

 

These are just 5 of our suggestions for wheelchair-friendly walks to explore this spring and summer. Let us know if you visit any and what your personal favourite is by tweeting @FeneticTrading or on Facebook.

If you’re looking for a compact, folding wheelchair that you can transport in the boot of your car, look no further. We have a selection of folding wheelchair options for you to choose from on our website.

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