Here at Quingo, we know that many of you are keen nature lovers and it is a passion we certainly share. There really is nothing like getting out and about and experiencing first hand some of the incredible wildlife we have here in the UK. Happily, much of our countryside is accessible to those of us who use mobility scooters. So, this time around we’re bringing you our pick of some of the best places to get close to the natural world.
Accessible trails – accessing the natural world
The Wildlife Trusts have done some fantastic work to try and make our wild places more accessible. So, a great place to start your journey is their dedicated accessibility page. They have a useful tool to help you find nearby reserves near you and tips on how to get the most out of your wildlife experience. Here is our pick of some of their best sites around the UK.
South Walney island
Cumbria Wildlife Trust care for this island on Morecambe Bay. This is a spectacular stretch of coastline (if you have time, we also recommend you take the train up the coast to Barrow to enjoy the views). The island itself is packed with bird life and, if you are looking to tick a few species off your list for the year, then this really is the perfect spot. There are over 25 different species of sea bird that are believed to breed here (including Eider Ducks) and as well as our feathered friends there is also an abundance of plant life. Keep an eye out for the delicate Pyramidal Orchid hiding among the dunes.
If you want to explore the island then give the reserve’s warden Matthew Lipton a call on 01229 471600 and he’ll arrange to take you out for a fully accessible tour. The reserve has its own car park and you can also hire an off-road mobility tramper for your visit too.
Loch of the Lowes
This gorgeous reserve north of the border is cared for by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It is based around a freshwater loch and there are several fully accessible hides around the reserve as well as visitor centre. Apart from the gorgeous views, the spectacular setting and the cute red squirrels you are likely to meet as you explore, there is one other very big reason why you should come here. The loch is home to a breeding female osprey. Seeing a bird like this in the wild really is one of most exhilarating experiences that any nature lover can have. There are disabled toilets at the visitor centre as well as dedicated Blue Badge parking.
There is something very special about the New Forest, and this site is a real gem. These former gravel pits are managed by the Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust and the reserve itself is home to a bewildering amount of wildlife. There are the lakes themselves, which sustain a huge number of wildfowl, but there is also the surrounding ancient oak and beech woodland to explore. The team have done a great job of making much of the site accessible, with rolled gravel paths that are easily navigable on a mobility scooter. The reserve has its own car park on north side of Ellingham Drove, and there are accessible toilets at the visitor centre.
The Welsh Wildlife Centre
The Welsh Wildlife Centre is run by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. It is a fantastic place to spend some time. If you are visiting with family then there is plenty to keep the kids entertained too. The centre has everything from a ‘learning through play’ area and a willow maze through to the reserve’s network of accessible hides. There is a fully accessible path all the way around the site and the centre’s main building is also accessible with handy parking nearby. We really recommend the reserve’s Glasshouse Cafe for a cup of tea and some homemade cake. It’s open every day from 10am to 5pm in the summer and 10am to 4pm in the winter.
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If you’ve been to visit any great accessible routes on your Quingo or would like us to write about a particular place you have visited, we’d be delighted to hear from you! You can email your stories, recommendations and pictures by filling out the contact form on our website and we’ll feature them on our blog.
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