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Disabled people offered free guide to accessible Britain

Press Association
Tuesday 30 March 2010 13:51 BST

Disabled people can learn where they can try husky dog sledding, pilot a plane and drive a Ferrari with a free guide to attractions in the UK that offer fully inclusive experiences for disabled visitors.

The new updated Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, which is free to Blue Badge holders, contains lots of ideas, advice, reader recommendations and practical ideas for exciting days out.

A team of disabled writers have travelled round every inch of the UK learning how to pilot a light plane in Hampshire, sail on Rutland Water, and even drive an F1 Ferrari Moderna at the Silverstone race track, all in the name of research.

Adrenalin junkies can find out where to try husky dog sledding with the Cairngorm sled-dog centre or have a go at tandem biking with Pedalabikeaway in the Monmouthshire countryside.

The guide also contains lots of great gardens and outdoor attractions such as the garden for the senses at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland and the jungles of Malaysia and South America at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Wheelchair-user Lara Masters, who is one of the guide's writers and author of the foreword, said: "I love gallivanting around the UK but as a wheelchair-user, I don't enjoy the boring and difficult task of finding out if places are accessible.

"The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain makes getting out and about easy for people with disabilities ensuring that fun and excitement are the order of the day."

The guide also includes details of organisations that offer information and support for attending music festivals and making the most of the arts, as well as where to find Blue Badge-enhanced GPS navigation, or find listings of audio-described theatre performances.

The fully updated guide features 180 comprehensive reviews of attractions throughout Britain and for the first time also includes information on where to eat near featured venues.

The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain 2010 Award winners and highly commended venues are highlighted in a colour introduction and the guide also includes a Readers' Choice award-winning venue, as voted for online.

The guide is available free to Blue Badge and Disabled Persons Railcard holders.

To order a free copy visit, or call 0800 953 7070

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