About

The Bimblers is one of the UK’s best blogs for wheelchair users and people with chronic illness and hidden disabilities. On the blog, we talk about:

  • Wheelchair Friendly Travel
  • Wheelchair Friendly Days Out
  • Wheelchair Friendly Holidays
  • Wheelchair Accessible Cottages
  • Wheelchair Accessible Hotels
  • Mobility Aids and Equipment
  • Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Living with Fibromyalgia
  • Living with Heart Failure
  • Living with Diabetes

And whatever else takes our fancy!

Hi, we’re Rob and Bridget.

Back in 2014, life took an unexpected turn. I was working full-time, and Bridget was a stay-at-home mum.

Bridget had lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis for twenty years, but in 2014 her wrist collapsed, and she lost the use of her right hand.

I was forced to leave a job I loved to become Bridget’s full-time carer.

The first couple of weeks were like a holiday. But, it didn’t take too long for reality to kick in, and our crappy situation became apparent.

We’re not the type of people to give up, and we knew we had to find something to do with ourselves. So, I floated the idea of writing a travel blog.

I hadn’t thought about how difficult travelling is when you have hidden disabilities or need a wheelchair to travel. Nor the effort required to write a travel blog.

Bridget can walk a little but not any significant distance, so she uses a wheelchair outdoors.

Travel blogging sounded like a great idea.

But, my income had disappeared, I’d never written a blog, and I stupidly underestimated the lack of accessibility in the tourism industry.

Up for a challenge, The Bimblers Disability Travel Blog was born, and we became disability bloggers.

Incidentally, if you’re wondering why “The Bimblers”?

It describes the way we travel. Bimble means travelling slowly in a leisurely fashion.

Since 2014, a lot has changed.

The Bimblers is now one of the UK’s leading chronic illness, invisible illness, and hidden disability travel blogs. We’ve somehow become disabled travel influencers, and to balance things out, both of our health have deteriorated.

We now travel with these chronic illnesses:

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteo Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Failure
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Central Sleep Apnoea
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

As you can see, we don’t just write about being chronically ill; we live it. We understand how you feel.

Disclaimer:

After writing this blog for eight years, I realise some of our tips may not suit you. Experience has taught me what’s accessible to one person may not be accessible to another. Therefore, please use the information on The Bimblers as guidance only.

Rob 2022

Travelling with a Disability, Hidden or Not

Travelling with a disability is challenging.

Over the years, we’ve lost money because we cancelled trips at the last minute.

We’ve become ill on our travels. On occasion, travelling has made our conditions worse.

We’ve made our mental health worse by putting ourselves under pressure to create content for the blog.

In 2019 I was on the verge of closing the blog down because it was too stressful keeping it going.

And, of course, we both had to shield ourselves when the pandemic hit. So travelling was impossible for everyone.

As always, Bridget knocked some sense into me.

Rightly, she pointed out we’d worked too hard and sacrificed too much to let the blog fade away.

And I quote:

If we try to help people when they travel, why can’t we try to help them when they don’t?

Bridget 2019

That is an absolute genius statement from Bridget.

Why can’t we help people all of the time?

The Bimblers, as you see it today, was born.

What You Can Expect from The Bimblers

The blog focuses on accessible travel and tips to help you live your best life with a chronic illness or disability. We don’t preach; we share our story hoping it will help you.

Mobility Aids and Equipment We Travel With

At the moment, we travel with a:

Karma Lightweight Manual Wheelchair

TGA Power Pack

TGA Whill C Electric Wheelchair

Resmed CPAP Machine with Humidifier

Putnams CPAP Pillow.

The Bimblers Free Newsletter

We’d love you to visit the blog regularly, but we know you have other things to do.

So, to keep up to date and bag great offers and discounts, we recommend joining our newsletter, so you never miss out.

The Bimblers on Social Media

If you’d like to join us on social media, you’ll find us on these platforms:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

Although, please remember we’re getting on a bit, so our social media channels are a work in progress.

Happy Travels

Rob and Bridget

17 thoughts on “About”

    • Thank’s Michael, glad you find the blog useful. I’ve added you to our mailing list, the next newsletter is due out in December :-)

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  1. Wow! I just came across your website and have linked it to getaboutable.com. You two sound like ideal members of the getaboutable community. Please visit getaboutable, become members and feel free to share your experiences by nominating listings and reviewing existing listings. You can also find us on Facebook and twitter. Thanks

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  2. Referring to your North Wales visit. Yes you can drive up the Great Orme. Other accessible places with a wheelchair, are the Conwy RSPB Reserve, and the front along LLanfairfechan.

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  3. We have just discovered your website via your review of Hoe Grange. We have visited there and your review is absolutely spot in. The place is brilliant. My husband , Phil, has MS and cannot weight bear at all so Hoe Grange is ideal for us. We would love to get back to Tenerife, do you have any experience of a person totally immobile being able to access airline travel please?

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    • Hi Jan, thanks so much and I agree about Hoe Grange, It’s a special place. It’s many moons since we visited Tenerife and we didn’t need a chair at the time. I have many friends who need full assistance when flying and I would recommend you visit the “Accessible Travel Club” group on Facebook where you’ll find plenty of information about flying, Tenerife and everything to do with travelling with a disability.

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  4. I was a hit and run accident 10 years ago and I was very badly injured and I use an electric wheelchair I would like to be on your mailing list thank you

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  5. I have come across your bolg quite by accident. I was looking for info about day trips and coach companies that have powerchair access in the Halesowen/Dudley area.
    I habe been diagnosed with osteo arthritis and polymyositis during the past 5 years. My mobility is getting less every year and now use a powerchair for all outdoor activities.
    Please add me to your mailing list.

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  6. JUST FOUND YOU I THINK THIS WONDERFUL SITE IS GOING TO BE JUST WHAT WE NEED. THANK YOU . PLEASE ADD ME TO YOUR MAILING LIST,

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  7. I have ms and am using my chair more and more. With a young son as well ive been trying to find walks we can all enjoy and stumbled upon thos blog. Its brilliant thank you! Subscribed!

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  8. Dear Bimblers, As a mobility scooter user I get very frustrated not being able to go where a manual wheelchair can go – up kerbs etc. My query is would there be any benefit in trading up to a folding electric wheelchair or is the ability still limited?

    Thanks

    Peter Brown

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    • Hi Peter, unfortunately, electric wheelchairs will have the same problem. Some manual chairs with motors and an adventurous driver would manage it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I would say electric chairs and scooters would need to use drop kerbs.

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