Marie Holden is the founder of walkswithwheelchairs.com and walkswithbuggies.com.She’s passionate about the great British countryside and spends much of her free time investigating and reviewing new walks. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband, her 2 small children and 2 dogs. As part of our Days Out blog, Marie tells us about her accessible visit to Bowood House and Gardens.
I am so pleased that Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire is once again open for the summer season. Every year my husband and I purchase a season ticket and make full use of the beautiful estate, currently owned by the Lansdowne family. It has accessible paths throughout and the most incredible gardens to explore. It also has an added bonus of a fantastic adventure play area with a huge wooden pirate ship that my young daughter just can’t get enough of!
The paths around the estate and the lake are either tarmac or gravel and we have never had any problems using our pushchair. There are a few bits of the estate that require a bit of pushing effort as parts of the path do have a steep incline, particularly around the lake and in the Rhododendron Walks, but to be able to access all areas and experience Bowood fully, it is certainly worth it.
It really is a fabulous place to visit and I can’t rate it highly enough as a great accessible day out for all the family. With secret grottos and caves, trees that are hundreds of years old, wildlife in abundance and the sun glistening on the lake, it just feels so refreshing, peaceful and magical to be there. There really is a sense of being away from it all and we always feel totally relaxed and rejuvenated after our visits.
About the Motability Scheme
The Motability Scheme exists to give customers, their families and carers greater freedom to get out and do the day-to-day things they need and want to do, by enabling them to exchange all or part of their mobility allowance for leasing a car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
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