Disabled Access Holidays in Amazing Destinations
Published: Thursday 22nd May 2014
Written by: Alice de Courcy-Wheeler
We believe that disabled access holidays are vital. When all you want to have is a great break, you shouldn't have to worry about being restricted by the design of your holiday home. This is why Original Cottages have a wide range of holiday homes that are specially designed to accommodate people with limited mobility, across the country.
On the east Norfolk coast is Hepworth Cottage in Happisburgh, a great destination for disabled access holidays. The cottage is a two storey barn conversion, and the large downstairs has been specifically designed for people with limited mobility and wheelchair use. Easy access is provided by a gentle slope, and on the ground floor there are wider doorways and a large walk-in en-suite shower in the master bedroom. Close to Happisburgh is Hickling Broad, a Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve and the largest of the Broads. It’s a wonderful place for nature lovers and it has great disabled access around almost all the site. Also in the vicinity are Horsey Mere and Bacton Woods, both of which are well suited for anyone with mobility problems. A short distance along the coast is Great Yarmouth, a lively town full of amusements and attractions. Their mile of golden sands is famous, and special all-terrain wheelchairs are available from the Tourist Information Centre meaning that the beach is accessible for everyone.
It can be hard when looking for disabled access holidays to find somewhere that not only has good accommodation, but a wide range of activities to enjoy that are also accessible. Pilgrims Cottage in Ash, Kent, is one of those places. Wonderfully spacious inside, with a huge wetroom and widened doorframes, it’s a great base to explore from. Canterbury is just a short drive away, with numerous attractions, including the world famous Cathedral. Considering its age, it’s extremely wheelchair user friendly, with everywhere bar Trinity Chapel accessible. You can take the Turner and Dickens Walk between Margate and Broadstairs, a trail that has been especially designed to be accessible for everyone, or spend a day in The Blean, the largest area of woodland in Kent. Several walks are wheelchair accessible, and the woods are surrounded by attractive villages where you can always find something great to eat and drink.
Snowdonia National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, but probably not the first place you’d look if you’re searching for disabled access holidays. However, several trails have been constructed that are suitable for everyone to enjoy, taking you into the heart of this beautiful country so you can enjoy the magnificent views. Carnedd Llywelyn is a holiday cottage on the edge of Snowdonia, and also close to the local RSPB sanctuary at Conwy. With all the facilities to ensure a comfortable stay for the less able, this cottage in the heart of the Welsh countryside is a great place to stay.
Shoreline in Woolacombe is an exclusive ground floor apartment with a level entrance and wheelchair access to all rooms. The village itself is one of the most popular destinations in Devon, as it has one of the best beaches in the country plus some beautiful countryside. Both have good disabled access, and if you want to travel further afield then the majestic Exmoor National Park is only ten miles away. In this splendid area of moorland there are several trails suitable for anyone with limited mobility, and you can even hire Trampers – all terrain mobility scooters – from the National Park Authority to help you enjoy this beautiful landscape.
Cornwall is a great place for disabled access holidays, and Greenmount in Portreath is a lovely cottage to stay in. On a hillside with long views over the surrounding countryside, it’s all on one level the north coast of Cornwall, Portreath has an award winning beach, and some excellent facilities. The town is sandwiched between two heritage coasts, and if you head south then the towns of Redruth, Cambourne and Truro are in easy reach. For an accessible day out, try Heartlands in Redruth, gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, or Cornwall Gold, an eighteen acre park with beautiful floral displays that is home to Cornish Jewellery. And no trip to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to the world famous Eden project; it may be thirty miles away but it’s well worth the trip. The whole site is wheelchair accessible and they have an excellent team of volunteers who will assist visitors around the project.