Accessible and Wheelchair Friendly Peak District
When: 16th - 19th August 2021
Where: YHA Castleton
Who: Debbie North
What's included: Bed, breakfast and evening meal plus two days guided walking
Join Debbie North on a women only accessible, wheelchair friendly adventure in the Peak District. We will be staying at the YHA in Castleton for three nights where there is a range of fully accessible and ground floor rooms available.
On one day, we will visit Chatsworth House and enjoying a walk around the beautiful gardens and estate, and on the other, we will enjoy a lovely walk or cycle along the Tissington Trail. All walks and activities are suitable for a person using a manual wheelchair, though there is option for hiring mobility scooters or all terrain wheelchairs at Chatsworth and the Tissington Trail.
Debbie works with The Outdoor Guide (TOG) with Julia Bradbury – a free online resource which was co-founded by the TV presenter together with her sister Gina. Debbie runs AccessTOG – the wheelchair friendly section of this website, which is dedicated to promoting a countryside for all. There are over 100 barrier free walks on the website, many of which have been filmed so that people can watch the video and make an informed decision as to the suitability of their own wheelchair for the walk.
Debbie lives on a sheep farm in Cumbria, UK with her husband Andy. Before her illness, they were keen hillwalkers who loved completing long distance walks. But Debbie hasn’t let her disability stop her from accessing the countryside and in 2015, Debbie completed the Coast to Coast in her Tramper with Andy – a very famous and popular walk created by walker Alfred Wainwright.
Debbie is passionate about creating a countryside for all. In her bid to make the inaccessible accessible, Debbie will give a light-hearted and inspirational talk one evening into the ups and downs of wheelchair life in her quest to seek out stile-free routes in the UK.