You probably think you’re not affected by mobility issues, or never will be. But you never know what’s just around the corner. When we think about ‘mobility’ and ‘access’ to places our mind usually takes us straight to thoughts of wheelchairs, or those who are less physically able. As a mum, I now know that is not the case, and my thoughts are usually that of pushchairs.
I’m very lucky that I’ve never had personal mobility issues but I will admit that in the past I have tried to avoid places I know I’m going to struggle with pushchairs due to access. There’s no way I’m going to get my pushchair to the top of York Minster for example! Can you imagine the sight of two adults trying to haul a pushchair with child intact up those stairs? No, me neither – because it wouldn’t fit for a start. I mean, you’ve only got to look at the below picture and know the struggle!
As the boys are getting older, it’s getting easier as we have been able to leave our pushchairs at certain doors but what about someone who can’t leave their chair at the door? I want my children to have lots of memories about the places we have taken, and will take, them in the future. I don’t want them to ever think that we couldn’t go somewhere just because they weren’t able to access it because, of course, everyone should be able to see as much as they can no matter their physical ability.
I think it’s safe to say that every outing is now fully researched to ensure that we are able to do and see everything we’d like. Lots of attractions are becoming wise to this and are putting provisions in place to ensure that mobility is not a factor when considering a visit. From Scotland to Exeter, there’s at least a place in between for everyone to see and Mobility Nationwide have produced an infographic to show you where you could have a family day out.
It’s also worth keeping a note of anything local, especially if you’re planning a catch up with some other parents. Others who could benefit are those who are elderly and have mobility issues, those with physical impairments themselves, or even for kids who find stairs a chore! Have fun this Summer and visit your nearest and accessible attraction and share it with us using #MobilityTravel.
*This is a collaborative post.