What are the best days out with Powered Wheelchairs?
As restrictions lift, where can you head to on a day out using your powered wheelchair? Read on to find out.
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted, many people are heading out into public spaces with their families to make the most of the summer sun. When it decides to shine that is.
If you struggle with your mobility and use a powered wheelchair, you'll know how life-changing they can be. Helping you to get out and explore with considerable ease. And allowing you and your family to enjoy places you might not otherwise visit.
To help you find the right places, we’ve compiled a guide to some of the best days out across the UK, as well as showing you the benefits of using a powered wheelchair for anyone who is thinking of buying one.
What are powered wheelchairs?
Powered wheelchairs are electrically powered wheelchairs that are controlled by the user. They allow the user to regain their independence on days out, without the need to rely on others to push them along.
Many powered wheelchairs use joystick control to give you the comfort and peace of mind that you’re always in full control. So if you struggle to propel a manual wheelchair, then a powered wheelchair could be the solution you’re looking for.
They're ideal if you’re travelling somewhere by car, as they are often easy to fold away and store. Then easy assemble once you arrive at your destination.
There are some incredible locations across the UK for you to discover. Here’s our definitive list of some of the best types of places you can visit, all you need to do is find one near you.
The UK boasts some impressive coastlines and stretches of beaches. Many of which with promenades and walkways so you can enjoy the true beauty that comes with the seaside.
If you’re looking for a beach, this useful guide has been put together showing the top accessible beaches in the UK. There are some pretty impressive ones in this selection!
It’s important you find a good time to head to the seaside because in peak season they can get incredibly busy. Avoid weekends where possible as weekdays are ideal if this can be arranged with your family. Just so you won’t get caught up in the chaos of the seaside in peak season.
National parks are beginning to reopen with restrictions and social distancing in place. They’re ideal for days out with the family, many with wide paths that are accessible to wheelchairs, while still maintaining social distance from others and keeping yourself safe.
National Trust parks and gardens have begun to reopen with bookings made through their website. They’ve opened more than 100 parks and gardens across the UK and Northern Ireland, so you can make the most of their stunning locations. Their parks have parking, specifically disabled parking so you can enter and exit the car with ease.
When visiting national parks you may feel more comfortable wearing masks to cover your nose and mouth. If you haven't got one, we've put together a guide looking at some of the best homemade masks that you can make from the comfort of your home.
There are some incredible historic landmarks across the UK that you can visit free of charge. From stunning abbeys to ruins that boast a breadth of history. Most, if not all of these sites have accessible parking and footpaths that provide easy access for powerchairs.
Before you decide to head over to one of the historic sites, it’s important to check their website to ensure they are open as well as accessible. You need to ensure you’re able to move around the footpaths, whilst remaining safe. If you’re concerned, give the site a call beforehand and they’ll be able to help you.
If you’re local to Yorkshire, we’d recommend Bolton Abbey. Regarded as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Yorkshire, Bolton Abbey has 30,000 acres of footpaths winding around the stunning scenery. A majority of these footpaths are accessible so you can enjoy them to their fullest. For more information, head to the Bolton Abbey website.
Keep It Local
You may be lucky enough to have somewhere local to you that you can head for a day out, so it’s worth doing your research.
Whether it be a shopping trip now the shops are back or heading to a local park, there are options all over the country, regardless of where you live. Do a search to find out what’s near you, you never know you may even discover a hidden gem that you didn’t even know existed!
Hopefully, you’ve found our guide useful and find somewhere to go to make the most of the summer, in a safe surrounding. You can view our range of powered wheelchairs here, but feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
You can use the live chat option below or give us a call on 0800 567 7618 and we’ll be happy to help you.
If you want to read more about powered wheelchairs, then take a look at our Guide to Powered Wheelchairs which gives you all the information you need.