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Purple Tuesday -
improving customer experience for visitors with disabilities

The 12th November 2019 will be known as Purple Tuesday. The day is designed as a call to action to improve the customer experience for visitors with disabilities.

The Lake District, Cumbria is known as the adventure capital of the UK. We are famous for sports such as sailing, canoeing, orienteering and abseiling. Why should disabled travelers not be able to enjoy the same activities?

Thankfully, in the Lake District, Cumbria everyone can enjoy a spot of adventure. A great example of this is the Calvert Trust in Keswick. They have been fixing harnesses and ropes so cliff faces can be tackled without leaving the wheelchair.

Lake District Calvert Trust

The Calvert Trust organises holidays where the whole family can take part in challenging activities alongside other people of similar ages and disabilities. They also arrange adult only trips where you can join others with similar disabilities and enjoy adventure activities in the great outdoors.

https://www.calvertlakes.org.uk/

'Anyone Can' is an adventure hub in the South Lakes. They have recently launched a drop-fronted powerboat to enable easy access. They are also planning a fleet of canoes designed to accommodate a range of needs. They operate a series of activities aimed at a people with a wide range of disabilities and impairments.

Anyone Can
www.anyonecan.uk

The National Trust recently launched an accessible ‘Changing Place’ at the beautiful Fell Foot Park on the southern tip of Windermere. It includes modern toilet facilities for people who can’t get out of a wheelchair unaided; step free access to the site’s new ‘active base’ and café; and the launch of a rough terrain wheelchair to help users explore the park.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot

Also at Fell Foot Park, Cumbrian based Mere Mountains have been making paddle boards accessible to wheelchair uses.

Mere Mountains at Fell Foot
http://meremountains.co.uk/

Miles without stiles is an initiative by the Lake District National Park, with details of 48 routes across the National Park that are suitable for people with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, and the visually impaired.

https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/walking/mileswithoutstiles

There is a wealth of accessible accommodation to choose from in the Lake District, Cumbria. You can try a family holiday cottage, a luxury hotel or a caravan with all mod cons.

Morecambe Bay is a great place to explore, with amazing sunsets natural landscapes and one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain.

The More to Explore project is developing a series of all-ability routes and associated all-terrain mobility scooter hire venues. The aim is to open up parts of Morecambe Bay to a wider range of users from families with pushchairs to wheelchair users, allowing the discovery and exploration of the rich cultural and environmental heritage of the area.

https://moretoexplore.uk/

If you need further help planning a fantastic holiday in the Lake District, Cumbria head to: https://www.golakes.co.uk/explore/access-for-all.aspx You will find accommodation ideas, events, attractions and transport information.

 

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