Disabled accessible wheeled and walking route categories
We assess our walking routes for a range of abilities, requirements, and challenges.
Independence and challenge rating
There are many variants and levels of abilities for gauging suitable routes. So it is important to provide a range of walks for different levels of need.
Level 1 GREEN
Level 2 BLUE
Level 3 RED
Our walks are Risk Assessed by the Walk Leader. We also continue to assess throughout the duration of the session.
We have a Covid19 Risk Assessment in line with current UK Government recommendations and guidelines
All risk assessments are available to see during each session.
For your safety, please read the guidance notes below for Walk Preparation, Hidden Disabilities and Wheeled User Guides.
All of our walks and experiences have been road tested by Disabled Nature Hikers.
One of our main criteria's in assessing suitability, is to ensure there is a safe parking facility. Where mobility equipment can be offloaded with plenty of room, and not just on a roadside. Or for those with Blue Badges to park safely and with ease.
Please note: we cannot guarantee parking availbility in public carparks during peak times. Although most of our walks will have ample spaces.
We appreciate the fluctuations in chronic and hidden illnesses. And offer bespoke experiences to ensure our participants are comfortable and can rest whenever needed with our Support Walkers. We adapt the pace to the groups abilities.
We can offer help with mobility aids and offer Mobility Scooter hire if needed through Folkestone Mobility.
If your organisation require transport hire and are local to Folkestone then Touchbase Care hire their minibus with space for 2 wheelchairs.
Our experienced team offers support to help you to familiarise with riding your mobility scooter in all terrain conditions whilst enjoying and connecting with the countryside.
When participating in Nature trails, please take note of the following:
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Autohome Assistance Membership Department & Customers Services Tel: (01604) 640900 Email: [email protected] http://www.autohome.co.uk Chartwell Insurance Chartwell Insurance Services East Winch Hall East Winch King’s Lynn Norfolk PE32 1HN Tel: 0330 123 1029 https://www.chartwellinsurance.co.uk
Breakdown services which offer cover for Mobility Scooters (we are not affiliated with)
Wild with Wheels bring connections to the landscape through interacting with nature.
We explore visuals and sound with colour, smell and touch with our available senses.
We use our surroundings creatively which offers inspiration. This leads to time to be still and listen to tales of inclusion and folk tales relating to the journey.
We share the beauty of the seasons, the changes of weather, climate and light.. All of this whilst being in the fresh air of the outdoors which ultimately brings positivity to our wellbeing.
Our accessible routes are carefully chosen to provide safe parking for disembarking as well as having public access toilet facilities close by.
Some routes also provide local amenities such as a cafe, bar / restaurant, or local produce.
Our guided walks are fully supported, so we take into account the ratio of needs, we can cater for 1:1 or 2:1 for high needs participants, all the way through to those with more independence.
Our Community Engagement team discuss all elements in the booking process to ensure that the group will arrive fully prepared for the forthcoming activities. We can cater for all scenarios of what the English Weather holds for us, and adapt accordingly. So we can all still continue with the guided walk and have a pleasant experience outdoors.
Extreme weather which is treacherous and makes it unsafe High Winds, Lightning, and Heavy Snow will mean regrettable postponement and the group will be rebooked at the nearest convenient slot.
As a fully funded project, we will be evaluating with anonymous case studies to show the benefits of each guided walk. We also will be taking recordings both visual and audio. These are carefully taken to avoid identifying individuals when sharing through media channels. Full consent will be required for photographic release. We encourage participants to take and share their own photography too with us if they so wish.
All participants are offered a colour coded lanyard to wear, which identifies their preferences for communication with unfamiliar members of the group and also for displaying if they are medically vulnerable and shielding, and would request others to remain socially distanced from them. There is also a whistle attached to attract attention if needed.
Each session is best booked to focus on a group of similar needs, although our key factor is inclusion, so no person or support animal or equipment is excluded.
Our facilitators are DBS checked and have training in safeguarding. We also have First Aiders, and comprehensive Public Liability Insurance and routes are risk assessed.
Gini guides the walk on her Mobility Scooter, leading the group on a journey of exploration, connection and inclusion.
Being disabled, Gini is able to easily identify the restrictions, barriers and needs of participants from all physical, emotional, cognitive and sensory differences.
She has ensured that through careful planning, the participants will be able to interact and connect with their natural surroundings, gain appreciation of the native wildlife as well as learning about historical and geographical interests in the landscape.
She encourages use of mobility aids to be able to enjoy the countryside independently.
Miranda is our Arts and creative media facilitator. She will introduce new angles of exploring the world through photography and other audio and visual elements.
She brings inclusive and supportive tuition to participants.
Artistic learning experiences can improve people’s receptiveness and ability to enjoy and connect with the natural environment. Miranda provides support to people with disabilities to experience nature in the wild while championing accessibility and inclusion through providing high-quality arts-based activities. Some examples using photography will be creating images using pinhole cameras, Solargraphs and Sunprints.
The activities are designed to be accessible, sustainable, and adaptable depending on individual needs, abilities, and motivation, as well as on environmental conditions such as the weather.
Karen shares nature based stories and interactive creative storytelling. She connects us to cultural elements of the landscape and our neighbours. Folk tales share insights into a deeper world of our ancestors' connection with plants, the land and to each other. She incorporates props and tools to help to embed the message within the stories.
Karen sets a relaxed storytelling environment, which can be unconventional. The audience has been known to listen whilst sat comfortably in a nearby tree and participants are free to carry on with any activities or crafts they are immersed in during storytime. Any participants are welcome to join in with telling their own story or read alongside her.
She also assists those with Sight Impairments to view the surrounding landscape within their own imagination, as she gives detailed audio description of the world which those blessed with sight can see. is a calming influence and will naturally assist anyone struggling physically, mentally or emotionally along the route.
We understand unforeseen circumstances can affect attendance.
Adverse Weather - We will need to cancel in high winds, treacherous conditions or very high temperatures.
However we will still endeavour to hold the session during all other elements of our unpredictable British weather.
We do have access to provide suitable weather protection, as Ponchos and some waterproofs.
There is no such thing as the wrong weather.. just the wrong clothing!
Health and Safety for 1:1 staff to participant ratio. - We would need to cancel or make alternative arrangements for safety purposes if we are unable to provide full support to 1:1 or 2:1 requirements.
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