Motability Monthly: Early Spring Getaways

14th Mar 2018

Yorkshire Dales National Park - Malham Tarn

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has many beautiful scenes to take in on a spring day. Visit the traditional drystone walls, flower-rich meadows and gentle rolling valleys as the sun peeks through the clouds. The views from above of fields mixed with yellow and green shades are just waiting to be enjoyed.

After a trip around Malham Tarn, you'll leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. Surrounded by spectacular limestone, this part of the Natural Nature Reserve has plenty of places to explore and the option to hire the Yorkshire Dales' very own Tramper mobility scooter.

Trampers are battery powered buggies which are available to hire for less mobile visitors at Malham Tarn. There are three routes to try within this part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park where visitors can view the most spectacular scenery. Whether you're looking for a more challenging route or just a casual stroll, there's a range of difficulties. If you'd like to try a Tramper, they are available to Monday-Friday, subject to availability, for £5.

One of the Tramper-accessible routes, to Malham Cove, will give visitors a wonderful view of Malham Tarn in its entirety. As the Cove sits on top of the reserve, only a short trip from Malham village, there is a beautiful birds-eye view to be enjoyed. People have been visiting this Cove for hundreds of years, it is one of the most popular areas at Malham Tarn.
Yorkshire Dales National Park - Malham Tarn.

Brogdale Collections, Kent

Brogdale is the Home of the National Fruit Collection, which is the world's largest collection of fruit trees and plants. Located in Faversham, Kent, this stunning collection of nature is alive with both colour and flavour. Visitors will have the opportunity to taste the homegrown, delicious fruits. From apples to pears and cherries to strawberries - there's something for all tastes.

This trip is especially good for spring as the cherry-blossom orchards come into their own and lots of different types of events begin, from festivals to Bug Shows! Over Easter, families can enjoy meeting baby animals, kids can get their face painted and there's also Easter crafts on offer.

If visiting any other time, visitors have the option of guided tours which are led by one of the Brogdale Collections expert guides. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the history, heritage and orchard treasures. These tours run from April until October and are accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

For something a little different, there are also educational courses available at Brogdale Collections, including cider making, keeping chickens, elderflower cordial making, one day pruning and grafting. Each of these short courses are around a day long and run by experts at the National Fruit Collection.
Brogdale Collections, Kent.

Bickling Estate, Norfolk

Did you know 50% of the world's bluebells are found in the UK? Bickling Estate in Norfolk is home to thousands of these magnificent flowers and the spring sunshine adds to the magical views visitors can enjoy in the ancient Great Wood.

Spring is certainly the best season to visit Bickling Estate as the colours of flowers, plants and trees begin to emerge and are at their most concentrated. Visitors can breathe in the fresh air and connect with the stunning landscape as birds soar through the sky and the sun creeps through the clouds.

The Estate is accessible for wheelchair users - all paths are gravel and a map of accessible routes is available upon arrival. When entering the Estate, there is a ramped entrance and any visitors with need for a wheelchair, they can be hired from reception depending on availability.

At this time of year, the Dell and Orangery at the Bickling Estate is absolutely stunning. Visitors will not want to miss out on the scented hellebores at their most beautiful and watching as daffodils begin to emerge. Grab a delicious cake and coffee or tea from one of the Estate's cafés and tuck in at the same time as enjoying the wonderful views.

If you're interested in a garden tour, they run daily with garden experts at 11:30am and 1:30pm, just check availability upon arrival at reception. This is a fantastic chance to hear the history of the gardens and see what developments have been made recently.
Bickling Estate, Norfolk.

Gelncoe, Scotland

Spring is one of the best times of year to visit Glencoe in Scotland. The air is pure and the loch's mountains become clearer and fresher.

This stunning mountain range offers some of the best views in Scotland, with dazzling scenery at every turn. 360-degree views will take your breath away, especially on a gentle spring morning.

With guided tours, visitors can get even closer to nature. These tours are held on a Land Rover Safari, meaning wheelchair users and Motability customers have the opportunity to see the sights just as easily. Visitors will learn huge amounts from the guides as they take in three hours of history, wildlife, geology and much more. Running from April 5 - October 25, there's plenty of time to enjoy these wonderous scenes.

There's plenty for the family at Glencoe, too. During the Easter break, the reserve holds an Easter Egg Hunt. Bring the whole family together and treat them the magic of this super fun weekend as well as the experience of nature bursting into life in front of your eyes!

Glencoe has won awards for its eco-friendly visitor centre, which has level access. Inside the visitor centre, guests will find reception and information alongside a gift shop, exhibition, accessible toilets and a café. Enjoy a range of food and refreshments inside the café, or take the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the views as you eat.


Gelncoe, Scotland.