Wheelchair-Accessible Log Cabin Stay With Hoe Grange Holidays

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If you know me, you’ll know I’m a firm fan of little getaways in unique surroundings – the quirkier the better, in my humble opinion. However, when you add mobility issues and a beast of a power-chair named Janice into the equation, finding suitable but equally as adorable mini-breaks becomes a heck of a lot trickier.

I’m not quite sure where it came from, but for years I’ve dreamed of having a little autumnal getaway in a log cabin – a cosy little escape where I could fully unwind and feel at peace, watching the colours of the surroundings change from green to gold with a good book and a cup of tea in hand.

In my head, though, cute and cosy log cabins just didn’t quite seem synonymous with the practicalities of accessible accommodation. As such, you can only imagine my joy when I discovered Hoe Grange Holidays – in particular, their wheelchair-friendly log cabins.

Located in the rural Brassington area of the Peak District, less than half an hour’s drive away from the historic town of Matlock, Hoe Grange Holidays boasts a range of self-catering, eco-friendly accommodation options. Scattered around the working farm are two glamping pods, a gypsy caravan, and four log cabins – all of which incorporate award-winning accessible elements. Additional access guides for each of the log cabins can be found online, and the fact that this information is provided in both written and audio form makes a statement about the team’s commitment to equality right off the bat.

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Accessible York – Encouraging Inclusive Tourism in North Yorkshire

pippa in power-chair, pointing to outdoor sign reading 'speed limit within this yard 15MPH' and laughing

Back in September 2013 when I moved to York for university, it’s safe to say my new friends and I fully made the most of all the city had to offer. As a non-disabled student at the time, there were no barriers holding us back from exploring the tourist attractions and thriving indie businesses that York is increasingly becoming well-known for… besides the pesky student budgets and the occasional hangover, of course.

However, part-way through my degree, chronic illness inconveniently invited itself into my life. And as I’m sure you can imagine, things have never since been the same. Whilst my health has declined over the last 5 years and I’ve become an ambulatory wheelchair user, my eyes have been well and truly opened to the unrelenting and often invisible obstacles that disabled and chronically ill people face in day-to-day life. And the tourism industry here in Yorkshire, wonderful as it is, is no exception to this.

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Managing Multiple Allergies at Disneyland Paris – Disney ‘Plus’ Meal Plan

pippa and izzy stood outside in front of pink disneyland paris castle

If you know me, you may know that I’m practically allergic to life itself.

Not even the happiest place in the world can ward off the challenges of living with multiple food allergies and the joys of spontaneous allergic reactions. So with that in mind, let’s have a chat about how we can manage food allergies as successfully as possible, whilst still making the most of your holiday…

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Accessible Transport From Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare Du Nord

back of pippa's head and shoulders whilst sat in powerchair, facing disneyland paris castle visible in the background

While this is a bit of a niche post, I wanted to share my eventful first experience of public transport abroad as a wheelchair user, travelling from Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare Du Nord. It was a lack of clear information online that prompted me to write this post, but one thing led to another and it turned into a bit of a story-time instead… 

For any non-disabled travellers, here’s the information you may be looking for. To get from Disneyland Paris to Paris Gare Du Nord, you need to head to the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station, purchase a ticket for Paris, then head to the platform and board the RER A Route (Red) train that calls at Chatelet Les Halles. From there, you can change train and travel one further stop away on the RER B Route (Blue) to Paris Gare Du Nord. You can book this journey up to 10 days in advance, or simply purchase your tickets on the day of travel. Bish bash bosh.

When you’re a wheelchair user, however, things get a tad more complex…

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