Here you will start to see the places Out There which we have visited and which you can find out about here at Access Out There...
Bedford River Valley Park is part of Cycle Route 51 between Bedford and Sandy created on a disused railway route which by its nature is relatively easy to traverse and therefore gives a great opportunity for people of any ability to go out there. A good opportunity to get fresh air and exercise in the countryside and beside the Great Ouse River where there is plenty to see.
Other places coming soon:
A couple of small Scottish nature reserves
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Is there anywhere that you have been to which you think we would enjoy, and/or you would enjoy reading about? If so get in touch with us via the CONTACT US link so we can add it to the list - you’ll be reading about our trip there soon!
Below are the places we have already taken Titania to. Click on the buttons or the links on the left to see how we got on.
The grounds of Stowe near Buckingham has, for hundreds of years, been enhanced by many of the owners as well as renowned landscape designers including “Capability” Brown. Access-Out-There visited and walked around the lakes and temples. There are easy flat walks around the lakes, or be more adventurous if you have the energy and do the long walks around the temples.
Grey’s Court near Henley on Thames is a beautiful National Trust property. The Tudor mansion has a homely friendly feel to it and there are many discoveries to make in the gardens depending on the time of year. Access-Out-There visited in early spring 2016 when the cherry blossom was eye-catching and the bluebells in the Spinney were spectacular. In 2017 we visited a month later in the year when the wisteria which was stealing the show. Whatever the time of year Grey’s Court is worth a visit.
The National Trust’s 700 year old Chirk Castle in Clwyd has a rich 700 year history where it has been owned and used in different ways. It stands in a 480 acre estate of parkland and woodland which can be explored. The Castle itself has a variety of historic rooms to offer. There are walks around the gardens which lead to longer walks through the woodland. Access-Out-There visited in early spring 2016.
The National Trust’s Attingham Park is 4000 acres of park land surrounding a magnificent Georgian Mansion with stables and a walled garden. The mansion is sumptuously decked out in its Regency finery and a lift enables wheelchairs access to all floors. There are several circular walks in the parkland. Access-Out-There visited in early spring when the easy paths were bordered by golden daffodils.
The Walled Garden at Croome in Worcestershire covers over seven acres is one of the biggest there is. Over the last few years is has been recovered from its abandoned state. Access-Out-There visited in early spring when we could see the bare bones of the garden laid out before us. The original cobbled and rough paved paths do cause some issues for people with limited mobility but there is plenty of interest in the gardens and glass houses if you are feeling adventurous.
The National Trust’s Hughenden Manor near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire was the country home of Benjamin Disraeli. When Access-Out-There visited in December we found it decked in Victorian Christmas apparel. The ground floor was very accessible for Titania but upstairs and the Second World War period basement were not practical. We also went out there and viewed the walled garden in winter, as well as doing an inadvisable (Mad!) trek through the woodland walk in the parkland. An interesting and fun day!
The Camel Trail in Cornwall runs on a disused railway line between Bodmin and Padstow. Passing through an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty beside the river Camel it is an easy trip out there for wheelchairs on a level well maintained path. Access-Out-There did half of the trail from Wadebridge to Padstow
We went out there to Ascott House a National Trust house and garden a couple of miles from Leighton Buzzard. It is well worth a visit. The part of the house on view is easily accessible and the gardens are extensive and on a beautiful day are a delight. The Ascott Circle is fantastic, and the Lily Pond is tranquil.
17 Nov 2015
Here is what we saw when we went Out There round Inveraray Castle near Loch Fyne, the seat and home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. Although the weather prevented us from going round the grounds and gardens the next day we enjoyed the magnificent trees and the delightful red squirrels at Ardkinglas Woodland Garden just down the road from the Castle.
29 Oct 2015
Perhaps we should have taken note that the only way in to the BBOWT Finemere Wood Nature Reserve was over a stile next to the locked gate on the track in as a sign that Titania would find this a problem. But - it was a sunny warm day, and had taken us a while to find the place, and we had come Out There for a walk.
5 May 2015