Boost your mental health during National Parks Week with accessible days out

August 23, 2018

Ahead of National Parks Week (22-29 July 2018) The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain has shared the top ways to get out into the fresh air and explore the great outdoors, which can benefit our emotional and mental wellbeing.

Ecotherapist, Hayley Gillard, highlights some of the many emotional health benefits that a fun day in the great outdoors can have. From boosting creativity and productivity to combating stress, Hayley describes nature as “absolutely essential to our emotional health”.

Hayley Gillard explains:

“Enjoying a day out does wonders for our mental health. Exploring the natural world around us and getting out into somewhere green is incredibly beneficial for our emotional wellbeing. The new edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain makes it even easier for more people, of all abilities, to plan a fulfilling day in the great outdoors.”

For the first time, The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain now also features information aimed specifically at people with hidden conditions, such as autism and The Rough Guide to Accessible Britainanxiety. Aiming to inspire more people to enjoy the best of Britain’s attractions, whatever their ability, the guide includes features such as quiet mornings, picture stories or bespoke queuing arrangements, as well as details of ramps, accessible toilets and parking spaces.

The guide is jam-packed with a huge variety of the UK’s best accessible days out including some fantastic and picturesque scenic drives along Britain’s best national parks. Situated between Manchester and Sheffield is the Peak District National Park, an oasis of beautiful unspoilt countryside. The fifty-mile drive begins at the market town of Ashbourne and ends at Ladybower Reservoir; as you pause to take in the breath-taking views, it’s good to know there are RADAR key-accessible toilets, accessible paths, and ramped access throughout.

Further north, visit the stunning sceneries offered by the Lake District, a World Heritage Site and England's largest National Park. Exploring the accessible paths of Loweswater and Borrowdale Valley allows visitors to discover wildlife and the classic Lakeland vistas in all directions. Or continue driving to admire the flanks of Helvellyn, the Lake District’s third-highest peak at 3,117 feet.

Alternatively, head to Snowdonia National Park, which is renowned for its rural beauty. Enjoy the rich and varied landscapes including woodlands, valleys, peatlands and moorlands on offer.  Throughout the green territory, there is an abundant supply of picnic areas, disabled toilets, and wheelchair-friendly walks.

Read the full reviews for these awe-inspiring venues and over 180 more great days out in the new edition of The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain available to read and download for free online at

Hayley Gillard’s full article on how a day out in nature can do more than you think, can be found at here

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