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Taking your WAV for an accessible day trip in the UK

Thinking about day trip accessibility is a big worry for many wheelchair users around the UK. Whether or not you’ll be able to find wheelchair friendly attractions, food vendors, bathrooms, and convenient parking for your wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) is a bit of a gamble – unless you’re able to do a bit of research beforehand.

The best advice for finding enjoyable and accessible day trips to take in your WAV is a little bit of easy planning using some handy tools and resources. Disabled travel can require a little more consideration, but below are two fantastic resources that might make your day tripping so much easier!

The AccessAble App, set up by a wheelchair user, is a hub of accessibility info designed to make planning day trips far more straightforward. The app will be really useful for your WAV journeys, giving you in-depth details about motorway services, as well as accessibility guides to tens of thousands of venues around the UK and Ireland – so you’ll be able to identify the best wheelchair accessible tourist attractions!

Motability’s ‘The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain’ has 200+ reviews of locations in the UK where you can take a day trip – each with lots of valuable details about accessibility. These locations include scenic drives, some of the UK’s best attractions and cultural sites, outdoor activities such as gardens and wildlife reserves, and more! You can read the guide online for free via the Motability website.

Our top tips for a great day trip:

  • Do a little planning, use the resources above to find somewhere that meets your needs.
  • Step out of your comfort zone, don’t be afraid to get out there and try new things and see new places.
  • Take extra food, drink, raincoats, portable phone chargers etc. so you don’t have to worry.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support wherever you go – and don’t suffer in silence.

Enjoying day trips in your WAV can be fantastic for your mental health, and that’s why we think it’s so important! At Cartwright Mobility, we specialise in wheelchair accessible vehicles for purchase or for lease through the Motability Scheme. We also offer WAV hire if you’d like to rent a WAV for a day trip.

If you’re looking for a WAV and would like to find out more, or if you’d simply like to chat to someone about wheelchair accessible day trips in your WAV – please contact our friendly team today.

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