Accessible Holiday Activities
In addition to our Boma 7 off-road wheelchair available for hire on site, there are also some fantastic accessible activities in the local Derbyshire area for wheelchair users and people with disabilities. All of the activities we have put together for your holiday are within a short drive from Hoe Grange Farm, and are suitable for the whole family too – so everyone can join in the fun!
Accessible Water Activities
Get out on the water with Carsington Sailability.
Carsington Sailing Club have the option for both disabled and able bodied to enjoy accessible activities on the reservoir together. Carsington Sailabilty has excellent facilities and a well maintained fleet of sailing boats specifically designed for those with limited mobility. The volunteers run a variety of events, including Fun Days and Training Sessions.
If planning to sail at Carsington Water whilst here on holiday it is advisable to give the club a call prior to your visit so that a team member can provide assistance to make the most of your day. For those in the family who don’t want to dip their toes in the water they can stay on dry land and take the opportunity to do some bird watching.
Why not try your hand at a spot of fly fishing at Carsington Water?
The crystal clear water is well stocked with brown and rainbow trout, with some trout weighing up to 8lb! There are seventeen boats to hire and two wheely boats adapted for wheelchair users. Make sure you book this accessible activity in advance to avoid disappointment and ensure that there is a staff member available to help you on and off the wheely boats.
Abseiling and Outdoor Activities
If you have no fear of heights why not be daring and have a go at abseiling?
Abseiling Derbyshire offers a thrilling experience for those with mobility, hearing or visual impairments. The team at Abseiling Derbyshire are fabulous and are a dab hand at helping wheelchair users to abandon caution and throw themselves over the edge of Millers Dale bridge – don’t look down!
Scropton Riding and Driving Centre is a purpose built riding centre for the disabled and offers a safe environment to ride and drive horses. Don’t worry about wet weather, with both indoor and outdoor facilities you can take part in this accessible activity all year round. Scropton also provides able-bodied riding lessons for all abilities, book in advance for a 30 minute or hour ride on weekends and weekdays.
Accessible Train Journeys
Take in a different view and see the Peak District countryside from a train carriage
Peak Rail offers a journey into the past on steam and diesel trains between Rowsley and Matlock. There is a specially adapted carriage with a ramp that is fully accessible for wheelchair users.
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway operates trains between Wirksworth and Duffield, through the scenic Derbyshire valleys. With lots to do in the area, cafes and pubs the specially adapted train carriages are ideal for wheelchairs and the helpful train crew are on hand to help.
Accessible Tram Rides
Try a different form of transport and take a tram ride at Crich Tramway Village
Opening again in March 2016, Crich Tramway Village provides access ramps or lifts for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility to climb aboard a tram with everyone else. There are disabled toilets at a number of stops along the route too. Wheelchairs are also available for hire so you can explore the rest of the tram sheds with ease.
Take to the air in a biplane with Blue Eye Aviation and see Hoe Grange from the skies! Specialising in vintage and extraordinary air experience flights you can book with confidence at this CAA approved facility and the team will look after you.
The old railway lines and canals throughout Derbyshire have become very popular trails for both walkers and cyclists. Because they run almost flat throughout this beautiful landscape they are perfect for people with access difficulties. Our favourite route is along the Monsal Trail where you emerge out of the tunnels and get spectacular views.
Another favourite is along Cromford Canal, where the walk from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction is ideal for wheelchairs, trampers and pushchairs. Down the Derwent Valley you can glimpse diverse wildlife along the towpath – look out for water vole and grass snakes. Or take a trip on the horse drawn canal boat to enjoy the natural beauty. There is a Changing Places toilet at Cromford Canal Wharf.
If you don’t feel confident exploring on your own why not take a guided walk with Sally Moseley? You will find out some fascinating facts about the Peak District and Sally can tailor your walk to suit your particular interests and needs. Our favourite is the Taste of Bakewell walk – yes it involves some delicious tasty titbits along the way !
Cycling for all
Peak Cycle Links is a local charity set up to promote, deliver and manage these popular routes in the Peak District.
Off-road wheelchairs in action
If you have a Boma 7 off-road wheelchair and want the chance to have an action packed day exploring our rugged Peak District countryside then come along to our Boma Open Day on Saturday 16th April 2016. Contact us today to get involved and join in the fun!
As you can see, there are lots of activities in the surrounding Peak District for everyone to enjoy during their accessible holidays at Hoe Grange. There is more information at Accessible Derbyshire or contact David and Felicity who will be happy to suggest accessible activities to suit your needs.