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An accessible day out in The Lake District | Fell Foot

Fell Foot is a National Trust site in the heart of The Lake District. It’s the only public access to the shores of Lake Windermere and is filled with activities and space which all the family can enjoy, no matter what your accessibility needs are. 

Fell Foot is part of the National Trust who are trying to make its sites more accessible to all disabilities. With a huge focus on their tagline, Everyone Welcome, they want to make sure that the whole family can enjoy a day at the lakes, no matter what the accessibility needs of family members are.

THE FIRST CHANGING PLACES FACILITY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

As part of Fell Foots development, they’ve opened previously unseen buildings and created the first Changing Place facility in The Lake District. 

Changing place facilities are for people with complex care needs and are available to anyone with a carer (including family members who are carers). You can have the space for as long as you need and it means that you can take your time to prepare for or change after enjoying one of the many water activities. 

It has been created as part of the three-year national Heritage Lottery Fund project, to restore the five Grade II listed boathouses on the shoreline of Windermere.

ACCESSIBILITY AT FELL FOOT

This is just the beginning of Fell Foot’s development to make the place as accessible as possible. 

Currently, they have an all-terrain wheelchair which you can hire for your day out. There are lots of paths around the lake which you can explore with your family and this wheelchair will help you along the way!

There’s been a lot of work gone in to find the best material to make the paths out of as well. As well as being accessible, they wanted to make sure it was environmentally friendly as well which is why they haven’t gone for generic tarmac. 

The steep embankment down to the shoreline was a challenge, yet they are trying out new ramp designs and path surfaces alongside steps to make it easier for wheelchair users to get to the lake and the historic boathouses.

And while the National Trust has one all-terrain wheelchair available at Fell Foot, they are currently fundraising for another, which would enable people to access even more of the park.

The Active Base at Fell Foot

Another part of the work which has been carried out at Fell Foot is The Active Base, where for as little as £2 per day you can buy an Active Pass and use the facilities of the Club House and spacious changing rooms with hot showers, and secure lockers. 

The view from The Active Base Club House across Windermere to the Lakes Aquarium and the Haverthwaite steam railway station is stunning. For a family, this is a great facility if you enjoy a day playing in and by the lake.

One thing I cannot WAIT to go and try is paddle boarding – it’s £15 for the hour and it’s at the top of my to-do list this summer! 

They also have a BEAUTIFUL cafe and there are lots of activities there to try! 

Have you ever been to Fell Foot? What do you think of their mission to make Fell Foot as accessible as possible? If you’re looking for more things to do in Cumbria and the Lake District, click here to see more of my guides. You can find more posts on accessible travel here, and don’t forget to get your National Trust Membership, which includes entry to national trust sites across the country, discounts in the shop and free parking!

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