Wheelchair hiking trips in the UKedit
Getting out and about in nature is one of the best feelings in the world. Discovering the amazing hikes, you can enjoy without leaving the UK is not only fun, but it will also give you a great insight into the natural beauty of the country you live in. And a wheelchair is no barrier to enjoying so many incredible hikes!
Whether you are a burgeoning bird watcher, history buff, a dog walker, or just an avid rambler, there are so many hikes just waiting for you and your loved ones all across the UK.
We have found some of our favourite wheelchair hiking trips to get you started planning your next amazing escape to the country, along with some places you can discover while hiking.
Symonds Yat Rock, Coleford
Symonds Yat Rock is set overlooking Symonds Yat village. Based on the boundaries of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, very close to the Monmouthshire border, Symonds Yat sits alongside the gorgeous River Wye. With glorious views across the countryside and down five hundred feet below, this viewpoint can be accessed via a trail that is suitable for all abilities. It starts at the main car park (complete with disabled parking) and allows you to explore without going too far outside your comfort zone.
But this trail isn’t just for beginners or those looking for a relaxing ramble before a pub lunch; you can bust out your birdwatching skills here, with peregrine falcons being local to the area. Simply drink in the natural splendour of this incredible setting.
Haldon Forest Park, Devon
Devon is full of gorgeous hikes that allow you to immerse yourself in wild nature. Haldon Forest Park is a perfect accessible option, with 3,500 acres of woodland to explore. The circular trails are fully suitable for wheelchairs, being 1.5 miles long. You are given the opportunity to observe the sensational views, while the thoughtfully set up sensory trail allows you to explore things in a more tactile way, with markers designed to awaken your senses and immerse you in the experience all the more.
This is another excellent spot for nature and bird enthusiasts, as there are amazing birds of prey swooping through the wide-open skies. If you are very still and look very hard, you may even spot the black fallow deer or some cheerfully dancing butterflies.
The trail is circular, meaning you can simply follow it back to where you began.
Glenmore Forest Park, Scotland
Do you want to head out on an adventure north of the border? Nestling in the Cairngorm Mountains, the Glenmore Forest Park. It boasts two trails which are accessible, beginning from the visitor centre, where you can gather any information you require.
The shortest trail is a mile long and guides you past the beautiful Loch Morlich, with its lovely golden beach. If you should choose the lower path, you will travel through a glorious glen until you find yourself at Loch Uaine. Both of the walks are stunning, and the park is home to one of the last traces of ancient pine forest in Scotland. This is truly a hike for those who wish to soak in history and nature.
Walls Drive Trail in Cumbria
This easy trail is a meandering hike through the glorious and impressive Cumbrian countryside; it takes you near to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway station, which is worth checking out if you are an enthusiast. The trail is smooth and even and leads you to the Roman remains of Glannoventa. This was once a large and proud Roman fort, though now you will only find ruins and the old bathhouse, which is one of the biggest remaining Roman buildings in all of England. This is a real delight for Roman history lovers.
Brecon Canal Walk in Wales
Hilly, gorgeous Wales is home to some of the most sensational trails in all of the UK, and Brecon is home to many of these. There is no need to hold yourself back because the Brecon Canal Walk has a two-mile accessible section. It begins at Brecon Wharf and takes you down to Brynich Lock. You will see art projects, two wheelchair-accessible areas in which to picnic, and interpretation boards to enhance your experience.
Historical and beautiful, the canal was built between 1796 and 1812, linking Brecon with Newport. You can experience some of this on your very own hike.
Are you ready to escape into nature and see how much there is to enjoy? We hope you find some great adventures out there.