The Lake District launches initiative to make the great outdoors more accessible for everyone

Using a mobility scooter in the Lake District

The Lake District National Park has launched a new initiative to make it easier for those reliant on mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids to get around and enjoy its stunning scenery.

Marking its 70th birthday this year, the national park is considered one of the UK’s finest treasures and should be accessible to as many people as possible.

With this in mind, 49 ‘Miles Without Stiles’ walks have been created, which offer low-level routes for those unable to tackle the Lakes’ more traditional trails.

TGA Mobility is supporting the national park’s initiative to emphasise the wellbeing advantages of getting out into the great outdoors.

While many people with movement challenges may think the Lakes’ scenery is out of reach, TGA says the right scooter or powerchair can tackle all terrains.

Mychaela Green, a TGA scooter owner, recently spent a week exploring the Lake District by way of the ‘Miles Without Stiles’ routes.

She said: “The new accessible trail along the old railway line between Keswick and Threlkeld was so memorable, flat and easy for everyone, [and] really pretty. Considering what we have all been through during lockdowns, to get away was so lovely.”

Caravan holidays represent a great opportunity for anyone with reduced mobility to get away, as leisure vehicles can be adapted to suit individual needs and ensure accommodation doesn’t fail to deliver upon arrival.

Among the most common adjustments made to caravans to improve their usability are widening doorways, installing grab rails and creating wet rooms.

Emma Moody, recreation and sustainable transport officer for the Lake District National Park, said: “We’re delighted to welcome more people to places that they previously thought were inaccessible, [to] savour the memorable sights and take home lifelong memories.”

You can watch the initiative’s launch video here