Accessible tourism expert Carrie-Ann Lightley, of Kendal, suggests four accessible Lake District activities

The Lake District is a popular holiday destination, and was recently the first UK National Park to be named a World Heritage Site. It’s not difficult to see why, with stunning countryside and outdoor activities to suit every level of ability.

My favourite is Tarn Hows, a stunning, accessible walk near Coniston.


It’s really popular with locals and tourists, particularly in the summer, and a fantastic place to go for a picnic.

The mountain views are there for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age or ability, as the circular track is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

The National Trust has a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter available to use. It’s free of charge and visitors can book a time slot (giving 48 hours’ notice) by calling 015394 41456.

For those who just want to take in the views, there’s also an accessible parking spot/view point just for disabled visitors.

Miles Without Stiles

If you want to explore the Lake District, the great news is that there are more than 40 miles of routes without stiles, suitable for wheelchair users, buggies or those who find walking a challenge. You can find out more on the Lake District National Park Authority website.

Coniston Boating Centre

For more even more accessible adventures, Coniston Boating Centre has a specifically adapted wheelchair accessible boat with a moveable ramp.

It can accommodate up to three wheelchair users. The top speed is six mph, and the boat is perfect for wheelchair anglers.

Theatre by the Lake

After a day of exploring, enjoy a relaxed evening at the Theatre by the Lake.

Hailed as the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain, it offers captioned, audio described and relaxed performances, as well as full wheelchair access, lifts, accessible parking, induction loops and facilities for assistance dogs.

Carrie Lightley is a wheelchair user, based in Kendal. She has run Tourism for All UK's accessible travel information service for 12 years, and last year launched the Tourism is for Everybody campaign.

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