Archive for April, 2011


Unfortunately the Yorkshire Dales National Park does not have any trampers to hire out. Part of my campaign is to be able to purchase one for the Park, through fund raising or sponsorship ( if there is anyone who is reading this who think that they could help financially then please, please,please get in touch with me! – thank you)

An example of a day out with the Disabled Ramblers

The Disabled Ramblers Association – www.disambled – organise a two day visit to the Yorkshire Dales each year. They may have a spare tramper to borrow for the day, but you must contact them before hand to see if one is available.

There are trampers available at;

Beacon Fell Country Park – 01772 534709

Beacon Country park – 01695 622 794

Witton Country Park – 01254 55423

Wycoller Country Park – 01772 534709

Wyre Estuary Country park – 01253 857890

Thank you to Rachel Briggs for providing this information.

Fun times on a tramper

Please if you can offer any sponsorship to purchase a tramper for the Yorkshire National Park – please contact me at

Access in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Access Development Officer for the Yorkshire Dales has been kind enough to forward to me some very interesting information about their vision for public access in the Yorkshire Dales.

There vision -“We believe all should be able to enjoy some access to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, no matter what their level of ability”

As stated in the report which I received, promoting enjoyment of the countryside can involve removing physical barriers, whilst remaining sensitive to conservation,  and through their regular work, every consideration is made to remove such barriers – for example – a difficult stile.

The footpath to Gordale Scar has been improved so that it is accessible to all users.  Gordale Scar is a wonderful place to visit, with fabulous views.

Gordale Scar

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A new gate has been installed by the River Wharf in Grassington, and steps have been replaced with a ramp.

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Further information about Grassington area  is available at

There are also some wheelchair accessible fishing platforms at Haylands near Hawes.

As a  wheelchair user it is important to support the work of the Access Development Team. I am very grateful for the work that they do.

Thank you.

Stone-Barn. The-Yorkshire-Dales

The Piggery – Thornton Rust

We have just returned from a two night stay in the Yorkshire Dales.

The weather was pretty awful, but the views and scenery, made up for that.

We stayed in Thornton Rust, a village in the Richmondshire district of North YorkshireEngland. It lies in the Yorkshire Dales about 2 miles west of Aysgarth, high on the south side of the Ure valley.

We stayed at ‘The Piggery’, a self catering cottage. And we Loved it! .

The warm welcome from Annette, the owner, was exceptional. She greeted us as though we were long lost friends; we had never met before!

The Piggery is an ideal base, for a couple, for exploring the Yorkshire dales.

It is a small, self contained cottage, which is well thought out and resourced and is ideal for someone with poor mobility.

The fact that you are able to park the car right up to the front door is an added bonus.

You can access the building in a wheel chair, however the cottage is very small and the chair would need to be folded away, when in the main room.

There are no steps to negotiate.

The bed was fabulous. It has been raised from the ground and I was able to sit on the edge of the bed quite easily, and had a very comfortable night’s sleep.

There is a proper wet room, with shower. A seat, whilst showering, is available on request.

The views from the cottage are stunning.

The comments in the visitors’ book say it all:

“ Always a pleasure to return”

“An enjoyable stay”

“Thank you for a great week. We will be back!”

Andy and I will certainly be going back. We really enjoyed it.

Views from 'The Piggery'


Please note: I have poor mobility, and I am able to get out of my wheelchair, and use elbow crutches.