Archive for March, 2011

Welcome to Access the Dales


Today is a very significant day for me.

Today is the first day of my new life.

Yesterday I was a headteacher of a large primary school.

Today I am …what am I?

Retired? Not yet.

Unemployed? No – as I am  unable unable to work due to ‘ill health’

Housewife? The mobility issue causes a few problems. I’m up for a bit of light dusting!

Pioneer? I like the sound of that.

Yes. I am a pioneer!

Due to a spinal injury I have very poor mobility, and spend quite a lot of time in the wheelchair. I was able to continue as head teacher, but returned to work in a motorised wheelchair. Unfortunately after two years of whizzing around, the pain and the tiredness started to take its toll and after serious talks with family and medical professionals I resigned from my post on grounds of ill health.

Before my illness I was a very keen hill walker, and spent most weekends and holidays out on the hills and peaks of the Yorkshire Dales. My dad always said that I should have been born in a field, as I love the outdoor life.

My husband and I have walked the coast -to- coast twice (the first time I forgot to take the camera) and have completed several  long distance walks. We have also completed the three peaks challenge. In fact we got married in our walking boots.

Now I have to sit at the bottom of the peaks. It saddens me to see other walkers putting on their boots and togther with rucksack, map and compass they head for the hills.

Today is the first day of my new life. And I am going to take charge.

I’m sure I’m not the only person to find themselves in my situation. I hope through this site, and through twitter, I will make contact with other people in a similar position.

I want to be able to find new walks across the dales that I can do in my motorised chair.

I want to find every hotel, pub and guest house who can accommodate me and cater for my  needs.

I want to find ways of getting to the tops of peaks.

My biggest challenge is to be able to complete the Coast To Coast in my wheel chair.

If you are able to contribute in anyway to the development of this site, it would be a pleasure to hear from you.

Regards

Deborah