We head north again with this issue’s ‘Within an hour of Barrow’ to Clumber Park,
near Worksop, Nottinghamshire. This National Trust property is part of Sherwood
Forest so has woods and heathland to ramble and play in; 20 miles of cycle
paths; and a richly, majestic Gothic Revival chapel.
What drew us to Clumber Park, though, was the lake, easily-accessible pathways and free hire of a mobility scooter. We booked one in advance and it was ready and waiting for us when we arrived. This meant that my daughter and I could easily visit the park with my father, and he could get out and enjoy somewhere new and open. My father had a quick demonstration to ensure he felt comfortable with it, but he is experienced with his own scooter and this wasn’t any different, so it wasn’t long before we were off, exploring. When he was ready, he was able to walk for a short time because the paths in and around the woods are smooth and many of them are on a flat plane. It meant my daughter had ‘fun’ racing away with his mobility scooter (probably not encouraged by the National Trust!). It also meant that it was easy to picnic on the wide expanse of grass by the lake. The park, created by the Dukes of Newcastle, also includes beautiful walledgardens and, unexpectedly, the National Collection of Rhubarb! There are more varieties than you may think. If you don’t want to take your own picnic, there are cafes and restaurants in the park with some of its food supplied by the variety of fruit and vegetables grown in the park’s own gardens.
There are lots of lovely walks in and around Leicestershire, but it’s not always easy to find somewhere accessible for a wheelchair user, and there are even fewer places where you can hire a mobility scooter, so you are not struggling with dismantling and reassembling your own scooter.
When we are out of lockdown, this is truly a lovely place to visit. It’s a good idea to call them first, on 01909 476592 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org to check on their opening times and to hire a mobility scooter in advance.
If you know of a good place to visit within an hour of Barrow (by car, bike, bus, train or foot) please do let us know. Contact: email@example.com