National England have been improving the coast to encourage people to visit the coast and walk more, Lord Gardiner was in the Great Yarmouth area to see the improvements that have been made. Two wheelchair accessible boardwalks have been constructed to give wheelchair users the chance to experience the beach and get closer to the sea, Activetrails were invited to have a look at these boardwalks.
We've now started access testing the Marriotts Way with Norfolk Trails. This will be 26 miles long and is from Norwich to Aylsham.
Norfolk Trails are currently in the process of creating access tested booklets. These will be available to view online via there website.
The Activetrails team would like to thank Whitlingham Park for inviting us to this event. This allowed people to view and have a go in the Mountain Trike.
We were in Holme recently assessing a route for wheelchair access. This route would not only allow wheelchair users to experience the views of the sea and beautiful countryside but enjoy the wild birds in the bird watching observatory.
The Activetrails team will be at Whitlingham Park on 23rd July for the 'Picnic at the Park' day. If you're interested in seeing the Mountain Trike, having a try or booking a demonstration this will be an excellent opportunity.
Paraplegic TV Presenter Mik Scarlet visited the Norfolk Broads earlier in the year to make a short video about wheelchair access on the broads. Whitlingham Park featured in the video where Mik went for a boat trip on the lake in the wheelchair accessible raft called the Ra. Also he met the Activetrails team and had a try in the Mountain Trike. You can have a look at the video here.
N.C.C. will be holding a launch at Burgh Castle for the recently constructed wheelchair accessible boardwalk. Activetrails have been invited to this. The event will commence on the 14th June with a welcome at the Village Hall followed by a ribbon cutting by celebrated local wildlife writer Mark Cocker.
We will be holding our A.G.M. on the 26th May 2017.
Postponed. Will be rearranged.
This event will take place at the Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ. It will be an ideal chance to try a variety of sports and speak to different charities, clubs, organisations from Norfolk. Activetrails will be there with the Mountain Trike. More information here.
The latest NCC audit was in Burgh Castle a beautiful walk which takes you past the local Roman Fort. A 600M wheelchair accessible boardwalk has been constructed which gives wheelchair users a chance to enjoy the excellent views.
600M wheelchair accessible boardwalk
Recently we were in Sheringham completing our latest audit for the N.C.C. We are assisting them in making more routes accessible for the disabled.
All Terrain Wheelchairs Ltd visited Activetrails recently to demonstrate 3 off road power chairs Extreme 8, Frontier V6 and Frontier V4. We are looking at ways to encourage more disabled into the countryside and power chairs will increase the number of people we can help. You can get more information on these chairs on there website.
On 12th March Active Norfolk are holding a 'Disabled Access Day'. The venue is at the Sportspark, UEA, Norwich and Activetrails will be present with the Mountain Trike. This will be an excellent opportunity to view the Trike. Local sports clubs will be promoting boccia, tennis, table tennis and wheelchair basketball. More information available here. Look forward to seeing you there.
Activetrails will be closed for business until 9th January 2017 for Christmas and New Year.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends and associates from the Activetrails team!
Dear Activetrails Team
We are finally home from swimming, fed and girls in bed exhausted and happy after a great day out and I have a moment to sit down and drop you a quick line.
I can't begin to thank you and Al and your families enough for giving up your time today to demonstrate and hire the Mountain Trike to us, well, to Annabelle. We had the best walk we have had for a very, very long time. No pain and no tears, just happy kids out in the fresh air! After a slightly nervous start Annabelle really got the hang of it for a beginner and was determined to make it work for her and she did. Quite how she managed an hour's swimming training on top of this I don't know but she was still smiling when she went to bed!
We all really appreciate your time and the trouble you went to to talk us through the trike, how to use it and it's maintenance. It was great to finally see and experience it first hand. I have no doubt that this will be a purchase for the future, hopefully not too distant, and will bring a great deal of pleasure to Annabelle and the whole family. She is already wondering if she might be able to use it to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at school. Despite everything she sets her sights high and I have to admire her for that!
We hope the work you undertake with ActiveTrails continues to grow and succeed in opening up the countryside for all. You are a truly inspirational team.
Thank you again, from us all. We hope we will see you again soon.
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