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If you’re planning a trip to the Peak District National Park or anywhere in Derbyshire for that matter, you need to visit the Accessible Derbyshire website.

I don’t want this post to turn into a luvvy review, but credit where it’s due. Accessible Derbyshire deserves the praise because they are leading the way in providing access information.

And no, they haven’t paid me to say that!

The truth is, in the UK, we’re lucky because there’s a lot of hard work going into promoting accessibility, especially in the tourism sector. That said, I firmly believe there is plenty more to do and we can all learn something from Accessible Derbyshire.

Who’s Behind Accessible Derbyshire?

Gillian and Jane set up Accessible Derbyshire in 2014. a registered charity designed to improve the lives of disabled people whether living in or simply visiting Derbyshire.

Together they understood the need for factual information and set about creating what is, in my opinion, one of the best resources on the web.

More than that, Gillian and Jane use their experience to actively champion the area and are a perfect example of what can be achieved with determination and passion.

What is Accessible Derbyshire?

Essentially accessible Derbyshire is the go-to guide for access information in Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park.

If you visit their website you can find information about:

Accessible Accommodation – a list of level access and wheelchair friendly accommodation in the Peak District and wider Derbyshire.

Country House and Gardens

Things to do – details of towns and villages, gardens and parks, historic sites and country houses, shopping and entertainment in the area.

Food and Drink – where to eat and drink, including pubs, restaurants, cafe and tearooms. I like the way you can you can see which ones have disabled toilets – nice touch.

Derwent Reservoir

Scenic Drives – I love this section because I love a scenic drive. This is where the local knowledge comes in by sharing the best viewpoints on the route.

Accessible Transport – another useful addition to the site, accessible transport including disabled parking, community transport and accessible taxis.

I really can’t speak highly enough about the girls at Accessible DS. Gillian and Jane have a tonne of local and inside knowledge, they are a resource on their own.

For instance, without them, we wouldn’t have been introduced to Lane End Farm Trust and The Room For All Seasons. We wouldn’t have known we were able to drive around Derwent Reservoir with a Blue Badge even though the road is closed to vehicles.

For more useful insider tips, head on over to Accessible Derbyshire or catch up with them on Twitter @AccessibleDS

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