Coastal rambling for disabled country fans

Ramblers enjoying the Coastal Country Park.
Ramblers enjoying the Coastal Country Park.

A RAMBLE for people with mobility issues at a newly developed nature reserve aims to bring similarly abled sections of the community together in the enjoyment of Lincolnshire’s rural beauty.

Wheelchair and mobility scooter users alike are invited to take a look around the wildlife on offer at Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park on Monday, June 6.

Project officer Joe Blissett said: “The main aim is to bring people who live in the local area who are less mobile together and keep an eye on what we can do in the future to make the park as accessible as possible.”

“We want everyone to be able to explore the natural environment and the beautiful landscapes found in the park.”

Disabled campaigner for coastal access, Paul Marhall, has been asked by the team at the reserve to lead the expedition, which starts at 1.30pm from Chapel Six Marshes Car Park.

The route has been especially designed with wheel-chair users in mind and is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Paul said: “Because of my interest with the coast and disablement Joe contacted me to ask for my involvement. I went down to see the park last week and was really pleased by what they have achieved - it’s a marvellous facility.”

The park has been developed through a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and features a combination of nature reserves, sand dunes, beach and working farmland crossed by a network of footpaths.

National Lottery funding has enabled the park to provide a series of special events, including the ‘Ramble for the less mobile’, to help the local community celebrate what the park and Lincolnshire’s natural heritage has to offer. Joe said: “The events cover a host of topics all themes around why the Coastal Country Park is so special. They also have a role in guiding the project over the forthcoming years - introducing the Coastal Country Park concept to those that use it the most.”

Other events scheduled for the coming weeks include guided walks, beach combing events, children’s story telling sessions and photography groups. For more details search for Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park on the internet.