Accessible Autumn Breaks
Across the UK, there are so many destinations that have been made accessible for the elderly and those who struggle with disabilities. You can head for a break to Center Parcs, go to a log cabin in Shropshire or take a holiday in a converted barn without concerns that your disability will get in the way. Read on for some of the most accessible places in the UK that you can visit for a break this Autumn.
As one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, Center Parcs has specially planned stays to ensure the elderly and disabled have easy access across their sites. They have dedicated car parking nearby the accommodation and ramps for easy access into the lodges.
The living areas are open plan with fully equipped kitchens and lowered worktops. Their bathrooms have walk-in/wheeled-in showers for easy access. The hot tubs feature hoists, and saunas and steam rooms have wider access meaning everyone can take full advantage of what’s on offer. The lodges are designed to make each place accessible, regardless of the location and surroundings.
There are loads of fully accessible log cabins across the UK. One of the most popular options is Ludlow Ecolog Cabins based in Shropshire. They’ve incorporated disability access throughout their cabins including level access, wet rooms and extra wide doors so wheelchairs and mobility scooters can fit through with ease.
Their properties are eco friendly and are hand-built with wood from local Douglas firs. They also use energy-saving wood-pellets stoves and low energy lighting throughout the cabin. The interior is incredibly spacious with an outdoor area and fire pit where you can sit out and enjoy the fresh air.
National Trust Properties
If you’re heading for a day out, then the National Trust’s many properties are renowned for being fully accessible for the disabled and the elderly. Not only do they offer discounted or free entry for you and your carer, but they’ve also made their parks and grounds accessible for all.
They have a number of different properties all over the UK and they’ve provided a downloadable access guide so you can plan your visit in advance. The guide is 224 pages long and filled with information about locations with changing facilities, powered mobility vehicles, mountain trikes and audio support.
Fully adapted canal boats
This may seem a little surprising as canal boats are usually not well known for their accessibility for the disabled, but the QEF Jubilee in Hemel Hempstead breaks the mould with access for even the most severely disabled, plus the option to steer and crew the boat along the canal.
The boat is specially designed to accommodate the disabled being wider than your traditional canal boat at 12.5ft in width. It’s also fully fitted with facilities like a medical bed, hoist tracking systems and a wheelchair battery charger. It sleeps up to eight people and has room for up to three wheelchairs at one time.
With temperatures still in the high tens, camping trips are still popular in the Autumn months. Although camping can be challenging for the disabled, there are many campaign spots with accessible-friendly yurts.
The yurts are ready-built and much larger than your traditional tent, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings with less of the hassle that comes with camping. They often come with BBQ facilities, wood burning stoves and fire pits for the colder evenings too. They also come fitted with wide doors on flat paths to allow for easy access if you’re in a wheelchair or use walking aids to get around.
Seaside Trips in West Wales
Autumn is your last opportunity to make the most of the seaside before the winter months roll in. Safehaven in Wales provides stunning and fully accessible bungalows with stunning sea views for you to enjoy.
The bungalows are designed to accommodate guests with disabilities offering full access throughout the property - perfect for taking in those breathtaking sea views. When venturing out of the property, head to one of the many beaches with wheelchair access or set off down the Ceredigion path to check out the several coves in the area.
Converted barns to accommodate larger groups
If there’s a larger group of you, then Church Farm Barns based in Norfolk can provide you with large converted and fully accessible barns to accommodate larger groups (up to 10 people). Their barns have two floors with lift access to the second floor to ensure their properties give you total access.
Their properties are family and pet-friendly ensuring everyone can enjoy their time away. The barns are also level access and feature purpose built low-level kitchens and wet rooms to provide you with maximum comfort during your stay. Each barn also has its own personal garden for you to enjoy if you’re lucky with the weather.