We want to ensure that glamping holidays are available and accessible to all, especially because access to nature is so important for our mental wellbeing. As part of our mission to cater to a more diverse range of people, we’re working with a disability consultant who is helping us – and our owners – to make our spaces more accessible. All of our staff receive disability awareness training, and our Guest Experience team is on hand to answer additional questions about specific accessibility needs. Of course, it’s not just the place you stay that makes for a magical holiday, so here are four of our spaces with inclusive and accessible outdoor activities on site, or close by.
The two stunning safari tents at Flora & Fauna in Devon have an M3 accessibility rating (suitable for full-time wheelchair users) through Visit England’s National Access Scheme. Access to the tent is via a gently sloping timber ramp and once inside, you’ll find an accessible luxury wet room and a bubbling hot tub sunk into the decking to facilitate easy transfer.
Close by there’s a wealth of accessible experiences including Wimbleball Lake, which offers activities both on and off the water for all abilities. All areas are accessible to visitors with prams and wheelchairs and the car park has a disabled access toilet. Even closer to home, Haddon Hill has a well-designed accessible trail for wheelchair users to experience the breathtaking views across Exmoor's open moorland and spot the free roaming ponies. Sticking with the equine theme, The Conquest Centre offers opportunities for people with disabilities to ride the gorgeous horses. If you fancy a really big day out, The Calvert Trust Exmoor is an award-winning, 5-star accredited activity centre that enables people with a range of disabilities to experience exciting, challenging and fun outdoor activities, alongside their friends and families.
Perched on an organic farm, Stuc-a’Chroin Yurt has epic mountain views and an abundance of friendly neighbours including Shetland cows, skylarks and meadow pipits. It’s all on one level with no steps to access, as well as having grab rails and a shower seat in the bathroom. The wrap-around wooden deck is the perfect place to cook outdoors on the firepit BBQ and take in the stunning scenery.
While you’re in this wild part of Scotland, you’ll want to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and the Loch Katrine cruising experience is a great place to start. The large car park has designated disabled bays and a disabled access toilet. Access onto the ship itself is via a very shallow ramp, and there are helpful crew members on hand to assist however they can. If you prefer to stay on dry land, however, The Alpaca Trekking Centre is completely wheelchair accessible and entirely on the level ground. While you’re there, you can meet the other animals on the farm including owls, rabbits, ducks, chicken and geese. The wild and ancient bog at Flanders Moss is also well worth a visit. It’s one of the largest intact raised bogs in Britain with a circular boardwalk route that is accessible for both powerchair and manual wheelchair users. You can see basking lizards in summer, and watch the geese arrive in winter.
Wonham Oak in Devon wins the prize for the best balcony with sweeping views over the tree canopy and rewilded quarry site below. The bifold doors open four metres wide, so the outside completely merges with the light, stylish space inside. The treehouse is fully accessible with lowered sills on entry points, a chairlift for the outside bath, and a fold down chair and handles in the wet room. There are no steps, and doorways are 1m wide.
Animals lovers should head to the Jurassic Coast’s famous Donkey Sanctuary that has activities, trails, talks and, of course, a lot of resident donkeys to meet. Fully accessible, there’s designated disabled parking near the entrance, a ramp and handrail to the main entrance, a lift and level access to the gift shop and information point. If glorious blooms are more your cup of tea, head to RHS Rosemoor in the beautiful Torridge Valley, where you can visit the stunning gardens, arboretum and take part in family activities if you’ve brought any kids along. There’s designated parking, level access, wheelchairs available and guide dogs permitted. For a more rugged experience, Pentire headland belongs to the National Trust and has spectacular views of coast and countryside. An all-terrain mobility scooter is available for hire, and staff have had disability awareness training. There’s wheelchair access to the main visitor facilities and a wheelchair-friendly toilet.
Tucked away in a wild, forested corner of Powys, Nyth y Barcud Treehouse is a tranquil, unspoilt sanctuary at the heart of a sea of green, where you might spot badgers and deer roaming past. There’s designated parking outside the treehouse and nearby Machynlleth Station has wheelchair access. The whole space is on one level and, although there are steps leading up to the treehouse, a ramp can be provided on request and guide dogs are welcome.
There are wild Welsh adventures to be had all around, including wheelchair-friendly Waun Uchaf Clay Shooting where seasoned experts and total beginners can get their eyes in and blast some clays out of the sky. Take in 900 years of history at Tretower Court and Castle where the great hall is laid out just as it might have been for a lavish feast in 1460. There is disabled access and facilities for the hearing impaired. Some areas of Cantref Adventure Farm and Elan Valley are also accessible. At the latter, the Cnwch Wood Trail loops around the visitor centre and is suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. For a longer route, the Elan Valley Trail is a nine-mile accessible path.