Holiday accommodation within the Peak District National Park has never been as diverse as it is today. You can expect a range of accommodation fully inclusive to all needs and requirements including being wheelchair friendly. There are accommodations situated in completely accessible surroundings, fitted with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Whether you require wheelchair access, ground floor accommodation or a wet room you have a lot of options when booking wheelchair accessible accommodation in the Peak District.
A lot of wheelchair accessible accommodation here offers flexibility and can cater for individual needs. Such flexibility can include rearranging furniture to suit, hiring extra equipment, specially adapted emergency procedures and some staff will have had specific training to make you feel at ease. Whatever it is you may need to make your holiday stress free and comfortable can be provided or catered for.
It’s important to feel at ease with your holiday booking especially when you are catering for someone with additional needs. Wheelchair accommodation in the Peak District understands this wholly and has some wonderful accommodation available. Some of the accommodation has been built specifically for families with wheelchairs and mobility scooters in mind.
Types of Accessible Accommodation in The Peak District
Holiday cottages offer flexibility to enjoy your holiday in your own way, and they can offer you a great deal of wheelchair friendly options. Whether you require minimal or no steps to the door, everything on ground level or perhaps a specially adapted ground floor bathroom you have many options here. Holiday cottages offer a cosy homely feel which can add that something special to your holiday in the Peaks. Cottages can feel spacious and there will be plenty of space for any extra equipment including a parking space. Cottages are based in some stunning locations including woodland, riverside, in a market town or among the hills. With lots of wheelchair-friendly activities, you will be sure to have a fun-filled holiday. Let’s look at some of the features you can expect from a wheelchair friendly holiday cottage.
- Ramps to the entrance if needed.
- No fitted carpet bedroom options
- Flat route to the car park from the house
- Wheelchair friendly bathrooms / wet rooms
- Sink taps with lever handles
- Shower chairs
- Well lit entrance
- Bed guard rails
- Tilt-up beds
- Non-slip flooring
- Mobile hoists
- Non-allergenic bedding
Holiday lodges in the Peak District can also cater for disabilities and wheelchair and mobility scooter users. Some of the lodges have been specifically designed with this in mind meaning they have thought of everything. Knowing you can arrive safely at a lodge surrounded by all the equipment you will need will take a weight off your mind. Surrounded by woodland and natural beauty these lodges make a perfect choice. Staff will be aware of your requirements before arrival but will also be on-site should you need any further assistance. Below are some of the adaptions made to make your holiday lodge wheelchair friendly:
- Ground floor bedroom
- Bed for carer(s)
- Right and Left-hand transfers to bed
- Plenty of room to manoeuvre
- Electric beds
- Portable hoist
- Bed rails
- Facilities at accessible height (eg tea and coffee)
- Large shower room
- Grab rails in the shower room
- Shower chair and accessible controls
- Electric wheelchair charging station
- Flat access to property or ramp provided
- Emergency pull cords
- Mobility Equipment Hire
Staying in a holiday park makes you feel like you are in the heart of the Peaks action. With an array of caravans available for your picking, you can rest assured your wheelchair will not be a barrier to your holiday. The on-site facilities will also cater for wheelchair users with wide doors, ramps, and level paths making it simple to get from A to B. You can enjoy the atmosphere holiday parks offer assured you have everything you need. Holiday parks have the added bonus of having people around should you ever require help. Below are some of the features you might find in one of the many wheelchair friendly caravans available.
- Large wet rooms
- Ramps to entrance
- Wide access
- Low threshold exterior doors
- Low level equipment
- Sliding doors
- Wide beds
- Parking next to caravan
- Pull out bed
- Trapeze lift handle
Wheelchair Friendly Days Out Peak District
When coming to the Peak District with additional needs or a wheelchair you needn’t assume you will miss out on the beautiful surroundings. Many places (some of which you may find surprising) have been laid out in a wheelchair friendly manner. Staff will also be on hand to offer their assistance should you need it and some places even let you hire a wheelchair for the day. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular days out.
- The Heights of Abraham, Matlock: Why stay on the ground when you can see the Peaks from way up high? The cable cars have been specially adapted to cater for wheelchairs.
- Chatsworth House, Bakewell: this stately home has no limits in terms of accessibility. There is a lift to all the floors in the home meaning no corner is left unexplored. As well as having access to the gardens, shop and restaurant you can also hire wheelchairs there. These are free of charge too.
- Miles Without Stiles Walks: these walking trails were designed for easy access with no stiles to manoeuvre over or kissing gates to go through. Enjoy some beautiful walks through some stunning scenic routes.
- Peak Wildlife Park, Winkhill: All paths are wide and spacious providing ample space for wheelchair users. Enjoy the wildlife up close as you encounter penguins, lemurs, wallabies, red squirrels and meerkats.
- Pavilion Gardens, Buxton: lots of picturesque gardens and a lake all of which are accessible for wheelchairs. There is also an accessible Tourist Centre and restaurants all with disabled toilets.
- Peak Village Shopping Centre, Rowsley: this shopping Centre boasts some unique shops and also has all day free parking. Best of all you can also hire free wheelchairs for your visit there. There is a designated disabled parking area and toilets dotted around the centre too.