Off-road wheelchair walks in Yorkshire
Off-road wheelchairs can make exploring the great outdoors with family and friends much easier! Check out these off-road wheelchair walks for some inspiration on where to explore next!
Is your mobility keeping you from enjoying the great outdoors? Mobility issues can make it difficult for people to explore the outdoors. With the right off-road wheelchair, everyone can have the freedom to go on walks with their family, navigate more challenging terrain, and ultimately feel a greater sense of independence.
What are the best wheelchairs for outside use?
The best wheelchairs for outside use are all-terrain wheelchairs. They have more specialised suspension systems for user comfort; the wheelchair frame is sturdier to deal with uneven terrain, and off-road wheelchair wheels are larger and have a deeper tread for extra grip when on loose surfaces such as gravel.
We have found some wheelchair-friendly walks in Yorkshire for you to enjoy with friends and family. Don’t worry, we’ve been sure to only include ones that don’t have stiles!
1. Malham Cove
Malham Cove is one of the most famous spots in the Yorkshire Dales where everyone can get moving! Starting at the Malham National Park Visitor centre there is a direct path that is flat, wide and very accessible. The only part not accessible to those with limited mobility is the steps up to the top of the cliff face, however, you don’t need to venture to the top to appreciate Malham Cove’s beauty. This walk from Malham National Park Visitor centre to Malham Cove and back again is around 2 miles.
2. Gordale Scar
Gordale Scar is a stunning limestone gorge with a waterfall at the top end. The route up to Gordale Scar also starts from the Malham National Park Visitor Centre. Starting in the car park, make your way onto Pennine Way before making a left turn onto a footpath that runs alongside the Gordale Beck and up to Gordale Scar. This is a slightly longer route, from the car park to the bottom of Gordale Scar and back is around 4 miles. The Gordale Refreshment truck is also situated halfway to Gordale Scar, making it the perfect place for a pitstop.
3. Aysgarth Falls
This is a shorter route, and should only take about an hour or so. Not too far into this 1.5km footpath, there is a viewing platform where you can enjoy views of the Middle Falls. The footpath then runs alongside the River Ure, taking you through Freeholders’ Woods and up towards the Lower Falls. The last stretch before the Lower Falls is a grassy route so be careful of the mud if it’s been raining!
4. The Strid, Bolton Abbey
This route runs alongside the River Wharfe. Starting near the Bolton Abbey Stepping Stones, make your way up Dales Way. After a mile, turn left to cross the bridge over towards the Cavendish Pavilion. where you will then continue on your way up towards the Strid. To the Strid and back is around a 4.5-mile walk. If you want a shorter walk, the Welly Walk at Bolton Abbey follows a similar but shorter route.
5. Reservoirs across Yorkshire
Reservoirs are also a great option if you’re looking for wheelchair-accessible walks. With guaranteed beautiful scenery, many reservoirs are also suitable to visit with your off-road wheelchair. We have included a list of some of our favourites in Yorkshire:
• Eccup Resevoir Circular – 5.2 miles
• Fewstone Reservoir Circular – 4.1 miles
• Ardsley Resevoir – 1.6 miles
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