Adventure for people with mobility needs

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Our customers tell us that it is always hard to decipher what something described as accessible really means.

We work the system backwards and start with what your abilites are. 

Our suggestions grid below is divided into four different types of mobility and makes suggestions from there.
Nothing is set in stone and many things can be adapted up to meet a wider range of needs so our suggestions are purely a starting point. Please get in touch to discuss any queries you have as everyone has different abilities and levels of determination. 

Whether you are a wheelchair user full time, have difficulty walking or a balance issue, we look forward to playing outside with you. 

Which activities work best for you?

Activities for those needing a hoist or prefer to stay in own wheelchair:

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 Require head support or  safety straps
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Use an electric wheelchair full time

You can

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Take part from your chair 
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Use a hoist to sit in alternative seating
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Activities that work well for those who can transfer:

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Use a self propelled wheelchair
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use electric chair part time

Can you?

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Sit in an alternative chair with back support 
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Transfer and self manage with some support
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Activities for those that can bum shuffle or move short distances

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Nimble  chair users
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Mobility aid users
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Amputees

Can you?

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Walk 10m with support 
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Move or bum shuffle short distances 
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Self-transfer between seats with back support 
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Activities for those with limited walking

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Have arthritus and joint pain
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Limited use of limbs
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Use a wheel chair part time
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Elderly but young at heart 
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Have back Pain
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Nimble mobility aid users

Can you?

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Walk up to a kilometre over the course of a day with support 
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Move freely around a small area
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Sit without a backrest 
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Activities that you can remain in your wheelchair for or use a hoist to access

If you have a specialist seating system or require a hoist to transfer you can still take part in some awesome adventure activities.

Our powerboat “Freedom” is wheelchair accessible with a 900mm access ramp and has an 8 foot extension ramp, which gives us plenty of choices to play out. 

Not only does “Freedom" allow for on boat activities and access to waterside activity venues but she also offers safety cover for other watersports plus providing you with more confidence for playing out on the water.

Between our adaptable water sports equipment, accessible climbing harnesses and wheelchair friendly caves we have plenty of adventures for you to chose from!

How we enable you 

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Over head hoist
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Wheel on powerboat
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Changing Place (Fell Foot)
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Manual offroad chair (Fell Foot)
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Supportive watersports  seating and harnesses
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Explore from Freedom the powerboat 

Freedom is a wheelchair accessible powerboat and enables all sort of trips and adventures; fishing, bushcraft, wild swimming and sailing. Because she is wheel-on you can remain in your chair or if you can transfer, you can chose to take control at the steering wheel.

See the Freedom the powerboat page 
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Cook ups and Camp outs - Bushcraft

Cooking out, camping out and just generally slowing down the pace of life for an afternoon, a day or even an overnight is fantastic. With the help of our experienced staff team and a can do attitude you will be suprised with how much you can achieve.

We have a wheel chair accessible site on the lake shore , raised fire pits that keep you safer and kinder for the environment, a super stable toilet and raised camp beds to help make bushcraft inclusive. 

Visit the Bushcraft page
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Indoor wall rock climbing

Indoor rock climbing is an excellent sport and thanks to the overhead attachment points and overhanging slopes we can facilitate rock climbing for a wide range of needs. 

There are climbing for all clubs - a specialist club for disabled climbers up and down the country so if you love it there is probably one not too far away. 

Visit the Rock Climbing page
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Open Canoeing 

Open canoeing is a great activity - definitely  the worlds most adaptable boat, they are designed to be carried, sailed, turned into a catameran, and bounced down rivers. 

We have a variety of ways of organisaing canoing to meet peoples mobility needs rigth from the super stable canoe catermeran that can facilitate a person on our supportive cushions, to a single canoe with stabilisation, to our exciting short canoes wich are quite nimble and tippy the adventure can be tailored to you. 

Visit the Canoeing page
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Sail on Sea Pig (hoist access coming soon)

Sea Pig is our super stable sailing boat and very new to us. She currently undergoing conversion for Spring 2021 to make her accessible and we are also expecting a hoist that is overdue from lockdown 2020 to appear in 2021 making Sea Pig, Fell Foot's Changing Place and the hoist a perfect acessibe watersports adventure base.

Visit Sea Pig Sailing page
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Activities that you transfer into specialist seating for

Transferring without a hoist onto a specialist seat creates some fantastic opportunities for adapted adventure experiences for fulltime wheelchair users. 

You can take part in all of the adventures in the above section with the option to use less supportive seating and to come out of your chair into more active positions. 

We have a great range of alternative methods to assist you in transferring into the activity equipment and we can also offer activities in a wide variety of venues away from our main base. 

How we enable you

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Lifting slings
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Supportive seating and harnesses
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Changing Place  and accessible shower room
(Fell Foot)
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Manual off-road chair (Fell Foot)
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Transfer stool
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Canoe Sailing 

Canoe sailing is brilliant - generally you're on your own in a super simple sailing boat picking up the gusts and flying with them. We built canoe sailing to make a fun and exciting craft that didn’t need faffy hoisting or the abilty to dive around the boat to have a great time. 

Canoe Sailing page
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Activities that you move around a bit for

With the ability to self-propel either on your bottom or by limited standing you can access some additional environments.

This is either because the activity needs some foot and body tension to keep a climbing /abseiling position or because there are sections of the boat where multiple consecutive challenging transfers may be required to navigate the space. 

As well as the activites listed below, the activites above can also be delivered in an even more challenging and active way. 

How we enable you

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Bum shuffle boards (moving around sailing boat) 
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Supportive seating and harnesses
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Portable stable toilet
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Manual offroad wheelchair (Fell Foot)
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Transfer stool
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Outdoor Rock Climbing 

Outdoor rock climbing is a very flexible sport and we have a range of methods to empower you to climb including:

Hard gravel wheelchair accessible rock climbing venues
Climbing alongside to help with foot placement and increase grip
Supportive seated harness
Rope systems to counteract gravity and reduce the climbing effort 
Remote abseiling devices

We also have an outdoor venue suitable for some users to do in-chair climbing and abseiling. 

See the Rock Climbing page
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Yacht Sailing

In 2020 we pioneered yacht sailing in a totally un-adapted boat for a lady that was a full time chair user.  It was a challenge but possible and a great time was had. 

Access to the boat for wheelchair users is achieved by using the boom as a overhead gantry hoist that can bring you from dock either onto deck or below decks. For some stuff we use our giant ramp to go between dock and deck for ease. 

True adventure stuff

See the Yacht Sailing page
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Activities with limited walking

For those with some limited mobility there are environments that are accessible where rough ground or access challenges require you to stand and walk. 

These adventures are not  based around a high degree of mobile athletisism: the movement for the actual activity tends to be slow and considered and lots of assistance either from the rope or by team members is available. Hands, feet, (padded) elbow and knee movements are normal and often advantageous. 

As well as the activites listed below the activites above can also be delivered in an even more challeinging and active way. 

How we enable you

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Short walk ins
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Camping seats for resting
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Access most of the way with your mobility aid 
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Helping hands 
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Plenty of opportunities to rest and eat cake
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Caving

Caving is awesome and there are a great range of challenges for folks to tackle. Most caves are off the beaten track so some ability to navigate on foot is often required. But not for our pet show cave - this one can facilitate access for all full time chair users. 

We cave at a range of levels; both small or large tunnels, wet or dry caves and horizontal or vertical passageways.

See what caving we do
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Climbing Abroad 

We have a great venue in Spain we use for sunny climbing in the winter. 
Access is rough terrrain but short and we use standard vehicles. Those who can manage small distances on foot will enjoy this. 

Good food, yummy wine, warm rock and sunshine make for a perfect winter break!

See the Climbing Page
Sunny climbning

European Start up Funded 

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group 

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