Two new walks in West Sussex have been highly recommended for people who use wheelchairs in the latest edition of the online newsletter published by Walks with Wheelchairs. Their coverage now includes 550 walks throughout the UK – with a separate guidance on walks for adults with children in buggies.
In West Sussex near Crawley, the site is recommending two, 2-mile walks at Tilgate Park and Buchan Country Park – both with what are described as "a few ups and downs". Tilgate is rated "easy", while Buchan is "medium".
The site has extended its coverage to Northern Ireland for the first time – with a one-and-a-half mile child and buggy walk at Dromore Circle, County Down.
The site was introduced to the ME Association by Mrs Linda Rivers, who featured in the January 2008 edition of our quarterly ME Essential magazine. She talked about how she had enjoyed walks in fine weather in the Petersfield area, along the Centurian Way near Chichester and at Stansted House.
Mrs Rivers, who lives in Horndean on the Hampshire/West Sussex borders, said at the time: "I've got friends who are prepared to go out with me which is wonderful. And we've found walks that I can do in my wheelchair all over the district without having to squeeze through kissing gates or get over stiles – anywhere the ground is fairly flat.
"Mind you, I hate going out in the rain. It's the one thing that really turns me off the outdoors!"
The website is split into two – to interest both wheelchair-users and adults wheeling babies and toddlers in buggies.
To find it, click here.