Istanbul with kids | Community Feature

Dom Tulett
Dom Tulett lives with his family in Harpenden. He started writing about old trips when Heidi was born, as opportunities for travel went the same way as sleep. He was the winner of the Edward Stanford New Travel Writer of the Year award in 2017 and has also won the prestigious annual travel writing competitions run by Bradt Guides and National Geographic Traveller UK. He sleeps better these days.

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“Before Heidi arrived, every spare pound and every spare day went towards travelling. My wife and I made sure we would take one substantial trip each year – East Africa, Latin America, the Indian subcontinent – with as many short stops and weekend breaks as possible stretching the ranges of the calendar.”.

Our first family adventure to Istanbul
I remember the tram. I remember its colour, its shape, its passengers. I remember its serene approach, gliding smoothly on rails that glinted with springtime sun, rolling through a stop, moving up the road, passing the men selling grilled corn cobs under the watchful gaze of the Hagia Sophia. We were sat on a bench in the cool Istanbul air, greedily gnawing away at our snack, spilling as many little yellow cubes as we ate, Heidi swinging her legs in opposite, absent-minded rhythm beneath her. And I did what I always do – I pictured my daughter jumping down from her seat, rushing out across the road, and I pictured the tram screaming a dirge of angry metal brakes, raging against the inflexible will of physics, spitting sparks and bracing time. Though she showed no signs of leaving her seat, I instinctively shuffled closer to Heidi, placed a hand on her knee and said: ‘Careful’.
Before Heidi arrived, every spare pound and every spare day went towards travelling. My wife and I made sure we would take one substantial trip each year – East Africa, Latin America, the Indian subcontinent – with as many short stops and weekend breaks as possible stretching the ranges of the calendar. When we decided to start a family, we hoped that lifestyle would continue, but the girl we brought into the world came without a functioning sense of danger, and with an endless supply of energy as a wicked compensation.

The fear of leaving our comfort zone
It is impossible to tell how many times I directed the word ‘careful’ to Heidi in the first three-and-a-bit years of her life, each time accompanied with a fearful wince as she climbed or ran or grabbed or wandered, not perceiving the macabre near-future I saw. For our own sanity – and to minimise the risks – we sought out reasons to not travel: the flights will be too difficult; Heidi might not like the food; a bad experience will put us off travel forever. Really we knew that we just might not handle the pace; it would simply be too hard. So we hid her from the world, our precious thing. But really we hid the world from her. We had a colourful map on the wall of her room, and would read bedtime stories of far-off lands, recounting the trips her mother and I had taken as younger adults, but all these tales simply served as forbidden inspiration.

Brighton or Broadstairs?
The urgent, remorseless peer pressure of social media shook us out of our discomfort zone. Envious of a couple of friends who had taken advantage of parental leave to travel with their two children to Asia for a month, we resolved to take a trip ourselves, even if not quite so far afield. We battled through another day of Heidi’s relentless questions, perpetual motion and blind risk-taking and, collapsing on the couch after we had wrangled her into bed, identified a clear weekend.
‘So, where shall we go?’
‘Somewhere on the train, no more than a couple of hours from here.’
‘OK.’
Bottle, glasses, corkscrew.
‘By the sea maybe?’
‘OK, yes. Brighton? Or Broadstairs?’
Pour, drink, repeat.
‘Could we manage France?’
‘On the Eurostar? I don’t know. What do you think?’
Within an hour, we had tickets in the inbox for a long weekend in Istanbul.
The flight out there was hard – as difficult as we had imagined. Heidi refused to sit still through the early-morning departure, fiddling with the tray table and kicking the seat in front of her, raging when it was time to clip in her seat belt. Snacks and games and her favourite cartoons on the tablet failed to sooth or distract. The cabin crew brought crayons, paper, stickers and sympathy; other passengers were not so generous. I was those passengers once – I couldn’t blame them.
Heidi chatted ceaselessly on the train from the airport to the city – questions that could not be answered, an internal monologue that had broken free. ‘Why has that man got a beard? Daddy, I can see a flag. That girl has pink shoes. When does this train stop?’ I couldn’t match Heidi’s energy and struggled to find suitable responses, my brain defeated by the early start and emotionally draining flight.
The receptionist at our hotel – a modern place wedged into the ancient bustle of the central Sultanahmet district – welcomed us with a pocket map that folded out across the expanse of his desk and he marked it up with a flurry of circles, arrows and lines. His final recommendations were closer to home: ‘The spa is in the basement. The restaurant is on the ground floor. You can go to the roof to see the views.’

“It is impossible to tell how many times I directed the word ‘careful’ to Heidi in the first three-and-a-bit years of her life, each time accompanied with a fearful wince as she climbed or ran or grabbed or wandered, not perceiving the macabre near-future I saw. “.

Gaining Confidence
At first we felt that less was more, that staying close to the hotel would enable us to have a simpler trip, so we started our Istanbul break at the bottom – the water was cold and there were no lifeguards, but a swimming pool was familiar territory, something we could handle. Afterwards, we had dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, then hurried Heidi to an early bedtime (‘Which room is ours? Why is the carpet blue? Can I have two stories? I want to go to the roof.’). Before switching out the light, I asked Heidi what she thought of Istanbul.
‘I don’t know,’ she said. It was her standard response to many questions, but this time I felt that she meant it. She had seen glimpses of the city through the windows of the train, but little else.
The next day, we finally poked our heads out of the comfort blanket of the hotel and ambled down to the Bosporus. Heidi was initially captivated simply by watching the water, but it didn’t slow her down for long. I clasped her hand tightly, convinced that she would somehow fall into the river or wander into the road. She buzzed around the streets, dragging us to keep up her pace, entranced by everything she saw, asking questions, squealing whenever we passed a café and she saw the glistening trays of sugared sweets shining in the window displays. ‘Mummy, sweets! I know how to count to fourteen-a-million. Has my friend Daniel been to Turkey? I need a wee.’ Her energy outlasted ours, even without the sugar rush she so desperately craved.

“We ate sweetcorn in Sultanahmet Square and wandered around the dusty lanes near the Grand Bazaar…”

Exploring the city
We ate sweetcorn in Sultanahmet Square and wandered around the dusty lanes near the Grand Bazaar, then hurried along dark, covered alleyways where men sat on small metal chairs at small metal tables, sipping steaming glasses of rich, black coffee. But all I really saw were the trams, the dogs, the potholes in the pavements. ‘Careful,’ I fretted, again and again, my hand gripping tighter each time.
As the day closed, we collapsed back into the hotel lobby’s armchairs. Heidi’s energy had still not dipped. ‘I have an itch in my wellies. Is tomorrow the next day? I want a chocolate cake for my birthday. Please can I go to the roof?’
‘OK,’ I replied. ‘Just five minutes.’
 

Magical moments
We let the elevator carry us to the top floor and stepped out into the night sky. The rooftop was deserted and dark. My wife and I scanned the area for danger – low walls, trip hazards, anything sharp – but we needn’t have bothered. Heidi looked out across the city, a skyline of a dozen centuries, and for the first time was silent and still. Then she changed her view, craned her neck and looked up. The skies of Europe and Asia met, sewn together in a patchwork of galaxies. Her hand relaxed in mine, for once not straining for release. I let her go, but she stayed close. She spoke again: ‘Stars!’
I followed her in looking up. ‘Yes, they’re beautiful, aren’t they?’
She didn’t cut her gaze or turn to me, just stared straight up at the universe. ‘I’ve never seen actual twinkly stars before.’
I hated myself that my daughter had passed three without seeing real stars and imagined what other wonders I had withheld from her. I tried to console myself that back home there’s more light pollution and it’s normally cloudy and we make sure she goes to bed at a sensible time, but still, she’d made her point – I realised that we had spent too much time looking down, too fearful of imagined lows to experience actual highs.
The next day, we resolved to look up. We went back to the waterfront and sat hypnotised as gulls swooped above the cars streaming off the ferries, shipped across from Asia. We watched men fishing off the Galata Bridge, their rods all positioned at the same upward angle, like the necks of a herd of giraffes. We strolled around the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and this time we looked up to the skies and the spires, and we noticed the pale pink blossoms of the trees in the park. I gave Heidi some space, loosened the reins, relaxed.

The rewards of travelling with kids
Travelling with Heidi was hard. But a trip to the park’s hard, bedtime’s hard, getting her to eat green vegetables is hard. Travelling’s no harder than all that really, and its rewards are so great. Seeing a cityscape of centuries-old buildings stacking up away from the water, with minarets dominating the skyline; hearing the wailing calls to prayer reach out across the rooftops; breathing in the sweet smell of pastries as we passed the hundreds of cafés that dotted the city; marvelling at the countless pastel shades of Turkish delight. All of this was surely far more interesting and exciting for a three-year-old than the same grey houses we pass, under the same grey skies, on the same grey way to nursery, day after day after day. Children don’t even need to see the tourist-grabbing sites – adults don’t either – it’s the daily differences that amaze, and they’re frequently much more accessible.
On the flight home, Heidi sat in quiet acceptance of her surroundings, the questions and comments silenced temporarily. I like to think that the short taste of the wider world helped her, calmed her, enlightened her, and that our increased trust in her did the same. I also like to think that since that trip, Heidi has thought back to seeing the ferries cross between continents, to wandering the spice-fumed cobbles of history’s streets, to beaming with delight as the corn-seller called her a princess; that she’s remembered all that and would like more of it. The early signs were good. As the plane banked over the city and we pointed out to her the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque and the wide sweep of the Bosporus down below, Heidi pressed her face against the glass, taking it all in – the right kind of looking down.
 
First published in Bradt Guides’ Kidding Around: Tales of Travel with Children

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PGL Family Adventures | Member Review | Osmington Bay, Dorset

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About our family 
I am Kath, and my husband is Charles; we have 2 adorable children, Caitlin, 14 and my son George 11, we live in Reading.   We normally rent a self-catering cottage for a week, ideally near a beach, so Cornwall, Devon, or Dorset visit Family up North.  We love to be near the sea and find it very relaxing, and the children love swimming and the water whilst also making Family day trips locally.  

PGL Family Adventures
We had heard of PGL before from school residentials but did not realize they also did Family adventures.  So we were so excited when we found out we had won the competition and immediately looked up more details on the website.  Our chosen PGL venue was Osmington Bay which was a fabulous choice.   My daughter, in particular, is very sporty so loves active weekends, and we would normally be trekking to sports training or competitions.  

“Our first impression on arrival was what a beautiful location it was overlooking the sea.”

Location and Facilities
Our first impression on arrival was what a beautiful location it was overlooking the sea, and the weather on arrival was amazing.  The children couldn’t wait to get out of the car and start getting involved.  The PGL site was well laid out, with lots of activities available.  It was also safe to allow the children to roam; entry was keypad controlled, so they had some freedom.  

” The rooms were clean, ensuite with a shower and had the important tea and coffee making facilities.”

The accommodation was great whilst basic it was lovely to have a direct door to the outside, we as parents had a room to ourselves all bedding was supplied (except towels), and the children were directly next door to us in bunk beds and very happy with their room (they had a double bunk bed each) The rooms were clean, ensuite with a shower and had the important tea and coffee making facilities, beds were comfy.  We were assigned our own staff member for the weekend, who also was the link for a small number of other Families.  Staff regularly popped around to check whether you needed anything and to make sure you knew where the next activity was etc. The accommodation was quiet and peaceful at night.  

” There was an excellent range of activities including kayaking at the wonderful sports centre from the 2012 Olympics.”

Activities
We were grouped with a small number of other families who followed the same timetable of activities.  Other Families were friendly, and we were all encouraging of each other’s children and helping out with kits etc.  
My daughter had an arm cast, so sadly couldn’t participate in everything.  There was an excellent range of activities we got involved in, from kayaking at the wonderful sports centre from the 2012 Olympics.  This also had parking, a cafe and toilet facilities and was well set up.  The instructor was great, ensuring everyone was kitted out and all safety equipment fitted well.  As my daughter couldn’t participate, we took the chance to visit Chesil beach across the road, which was fabulous.  We also did orienteering, zip-lines; this was the children’s favourite activity,  rifles and giant swing. Again Instructors were great, always ensuring the safety equipment was fitted correctly.  We also squeezed in a trip to the lovely beach with private access from the PGL site with a secure (keycode locked) gate down a steep set of steps.  It was surprisingly quiet given the beautiful weather. 

All the PGL instructors were very, very welcoming and engaging.  They were superb at getting the more nervous children to have a go or give things a try and succeeded each time!!
Our PGL Family Adventure Highlights
The trip’s highlights were having some Family time and organised fun activities to keep the children entertained.  Also for me as Mum having meals cooked and a lovely choice and range of food.  The dining area was Covid safe with hand gel and one way systems in place.  They also catered well for my son with gluten intolerance which was great.  I would highly recommend PGL for anyone wanting a family fun activity-based weekend.  We created lots of fun and happy memories and would love to book another one soon.  
Thank you so much for the fabulous weekend.  

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WHAT IS A PGL FAMILY ADVENTURE?
PGL family adventures are the perfect, fun-filled holidays for parents and kids and many families in our community (including myself) love them.
PGL family programs are packed with a wide range of activities, and you don’t need to be fit or have any experience as PGL’s friendly, qualified instructors are there to guide you.
Activities range from raft building, abseiling and zip-lining, to a survival challenge, sensory trail and archery.
Family adventures range from one to seven nights, and all food, activities and accommodation are included in the price. Great value and great fun.
 
WE LOVE OUR PGL FAMILY ADVENTURES BECAUSE;
1.  We enjoy meeting like-minded parents and kids and socialising together in the evenings.
2. The PGL instructors are always positive, upbeat and encouraging, whatever the weather.
3. We love the activities PGL offer; always fun, varied and sometimes challenging.
4. We love spending time together as a family, outside and away from the distractions of devices.
 

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The Ultimate Guide To Camping Words And Terminology

Campsite terms
 
Car camping
This used to mean going camping in a car rather than backpacking where you carry everything on your back.
But these days it generally means being able to park your car next to your tent.
Some campsites may ask you to park in a designated campsite in order to protect their grass, maintain tranquility or to avoid accidents.
 
Pop up campsite
This is a new to camping vocabulary!
A pop up campsite is a temporary campsite that can open without planning permission, usually for the peak summer season or for a specific event.
These sites are also known as ’28 day’ sites as they can only open for a maximum of 28 days.
Pop up campsites will not have the same facilities such as toilet and shower blocks as a year round campsite.
In 2021, many pop up campsites in are attracting weekend campers by providing live music and beer tents and several stately homes in the U.K are opening pop up campsites on their estates to capitalise on the current boom in camping.
For example, Newby Hall in Yorkshire accepts campers on selected holiday dates or check out the pre-erected bell tents at the Graythwaite Estate in the Lake District.
 
Certificated Site (CS)
These are small, privately owned sites that are certified and approved by the Camping and Caravanning Club for exclusive use by their members.
Certified Sites take a maximum of five vans and ten tents.
 
Wild camping
This is what it sounds, pitching your tent anywhere in ‘the wild.’
Technically, this is illegal in England and Wales apart from designated areas on Dartmoor but is allowed on most unenclosed land in Scotland.
 
Nearly wild camping
Nearly wild campsites offer somewhere to pitch your tent and not much else though sometimes there may be a portaloo and water available.
Due to the lack of facilities, these sites tend to be quieter and cheaper but they also offer darker skies and more privacy in spectacular rural settings.
There are currently over 100 nearly wild camping sites in the U.K. Read our guide on how to find campsites in the U.K here.
 
 
Camping words you will see on a campsite
 
EHU
If you don’t know what EHU means you are not alone. ‘What does ehu mean?’ is a widely searched term on Google!
EHU means electric hook up, also known as a ‘hook up.’
This is when your pitch contains a standing, static plug socket that allows you to run an electric cable into your tent (bring your own cable).
Campers use an EHU to run an electric fridge, lights, cooler, cooker or to charge devices or to even run a television.
Campsite pitches with EHU are more expensive than those without EHU (non EHU).
 
Grass pitch
As it sounds, a camping pitch on grass rather than hardstanding or gravel.  It is always best to try to find a level grass pitch with natural shelter but not under a tree.
 
Compost toilet/drop toilet
A non flushing toilet that composts human waste. This is usually a basic toilet over a hole in the ground (hence the term ‘drop toilet’) and are only found on very wild campsites.
The majority of campsites in the U.K have flushing toilets, hand basins and hot showers.
 
Chemical disposal point
A designated location on a campsite for safely emptying waste and chemicals from campervan and tent toilets. Nothing else should be emptied here.
 
Potable water
Taps marked as potable water means drinking water.
Campsites have free standing taps dotted around the site for filling water butts and will be marked as potable if the water if safe for drinking. If in doubt, ask.
 
Self contained
If you are a self contained camper you have your own toilet.
Many campervans and motorhomes are self contained and, due to Covid, many campers are also bringing their own toilets.
Some campsites without a toilet block will only allow self contained campers and to freedom camp in Australia or New Zealand you must be self contained.
 
 
Camping terms for tents
 
A frame
An ‘A frame’ tent (or ridge tent) is an old style tent that looks like the shape of the letter ‘A’ when you look at the tent from the front.
These tents usually only have one door at the front of the tent. Think Army or Scouts tents…
 
Air tent
These are modern tents that do not use poles.
Instead, the tubes where the poles would ordinarily go are inflated using a pump. These tents are quick and easy to erect and can be erected by one person.
Air tents are durable and reliable in bad weather (no broken poles or punctured tent fabric) but tend to be heavier and more expensive than tents with poles.
 
Bell tent
Festival style circular tents that have one room with a high central point and central pole; like an inverted cone rather than a bell.
Bell tents are spacious tents with plenty of head height but lack private, compartmentalised space.
 
Dome tent
A low rounded, circular tent shaped like a dome or upside down cup. These tents are quick and easy to erect using a cross over pole design but do not have standing room height.
 
Double skin tent
Most family tents are double skin tents which mean they have a separate bedroom section that you ‘hang’ inside the tent.
This allows you the option to have a separate bedroom or to utilise the tent as one large open space.
 
Tunnel Tent
A long, wide tent with several hoops one after the other.
Tunnel tents have living areas and inner bedroom sections and are a great option if you need good head height.
Outwell Montana without the inner bedroom section
 
Our Outwell Montana 6 family-sized tent is a tunnel tent with a side porch.
 
Pod tent
A tent with a central living area with separate sleeping ‘pod’ sections leading off the central section.
 
 
Camping terminology for inside a tent
 
Berth
How many people the tent sleeps.
I’d always take berth number with a pinch of salt and try to see the tent erected to get an accurate idea of sleeping space!
 
Footprint
Many campsites want to know the footprint of your tent when you book a pitch. The footprint is basically the size and dimensions of your tent when it is erected and can be found on your tent instructions or on the manufacturer’s website.
 
SIM
Acronym for self-inflating mattress which is a mattress that self inflates using a valve.
Simply open the valve to inflate the mattress and close the valve once the mattress has been inflated. To pack away, open the valve and squeeze the air out and close the valve when the air has gone to stop the mattress reinflating again.
SIM mattresses are lightweight when deflated, inflate in minutes and are available in a variety of thicknesses.
After using both airbeds and SIM’s, we only use SIM’s now.
 
Air bed
A mattress that has to be inflated using a pump. They are comfortable and raised off the ground but can be bulky items inside a tent.
 
Mummy Bag
No, it’s not a handbag, it’s a tapered sleeping bag shaped like an Egyptian mummy rather than a traditional rectangle sleeping bag.
Mummy bags are compact and easy to pack away and the headpiece of the bag gives extra warmth.
The downside is that some people feel restricted when sleeping in a mummy bag.
Sleeping bags are rated as ‘seasons’ so a two-season bag is suitable for Spring and Summer use whereas a four-season bag can be used year-round.
 
Porch
A separate entrance/exit vestibule that is an integral part of your tent design (ie. not like an extension or awning that you add to your tent to make it bigger).
Porches are useful for keeping dirty boots, sandy toys and wet clothes out of the main tent.
 
Rain fly
This is the exterior layer of the tent that either fully or partially covers the tent in order to stop rain entering the tent.
The rain fly is integral in most tents but you can buy tents with a detachable rain fly.
 
Guy ropes
Exterior ropes on your tent that attach to the ground with metal or plastic pegs to give the tent stability and support.
Tents with bright or reflective guy ropes are easier to see in the dark!
 
Seam tape/taped seams
A taped seam is when a tape is sewn or stuck over the stitched tent seam to give extra waterproof protection and it is well worth investing in a tent with taped seams.
Tents, coats, waterproof trousers etc can all have taped seams.
 
Ground sheet
The groundsheet is the floor of the tent.
Some tents have a ‘bathtub groundsheet’ which is detachable from the main tent so you can use it when or if you want to. Bathtub groundsheets have gaps around the edges so they tend to make the tent cooler (or colder) depending on when you are camping.
A ‘sewn-in groundsheet’ is fully attached to your tent and makes your tent warmer and more waterproof.
Our new Outwell Cloud 5 Plus tent has a mixture of both.
It has a sewn-in groundsheet for the bedroom section and an optional bathtub groundsheet for the living area.
 
Shock cord
The shock cord is the elastic cord that runs through your tent poles.
 
Tent canopy
A tent canopy is an extra layer that can be erected over your existing tent to add extra protection from the rain.
This is a good option if you camp frequently in bad weather or if your current tent is no longer waterproof but is otherwise usable.
 
Clips
Plastic ‘c’ shaped clips that attach the outer flysheet to the tent poles.
 
So there you have it, a comprehensive guide to camping words! If you think of any that need to be added to the list, get in touch.
Happy camping!

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WIN! PGL FAMILY ADVENTURE | Member Review Opportunity

Competition Closed
 
We are excited to share another community opportunity.We have partnered with PGL to offer one of our members a FREE PGL Family Adventure weekend in exchange for a review.
 

What is a PGL Family Adventure?
PGL family adventures are the perfect, fun-filled holidays for parents and kids and many families in our community (including myself) love them.
PGL family programs are packed with a wide range of activities, and you don’t need to be fit or have any experience as PGL’s friendly, qualified instructors are there to guide you.
Activities range from raft building, abseiling and zip-lining, to a survival challenge, sensory trail and archery.
Family adventures range from one to seven nights, and all food, activities and accommodation are included in the price. Great value and great fun.
 
We love our PGL Family Adventures because;
1.  We enjoy meeting like-minded parents and kids and socialising together in the evenings.
2. The PGL instructors are always positive, upbeat and encouraging, whatever the weather.
3. We love the activities PGL offer; always fun, varied and sometimes challenging.
4. We love spending time together as a family, outside and away from the distractions of devices.
Would you love to experience a PGL family adventure weekend free of charge? Read on for more details.
 

 
 
A free PGL Family Adventure weekend in exchange for a review:
One family from the Our Tribe Travels community will have the opportunity to experience a fun-packed PGL family holiday in exchange for a detailed review and your valued feedback. Please note that photos and video footage (this can be shot on a mobile phone) will need to be included – we will share full details in the briefing document.
The PGL weekend needs to be taken by the end of July 2021.
The deadline for applications is Saturday, July 3rd.      

Applying is simple:

Type PGL in the comments under the FB live post in the closed Our Tribe Travels group (dated June 23rd).Search #PGLCommunityReview in the Facebook group to locate the post.
Click on the PGL icon on the right to access the website and select your preferred PGL location.
Complete the form below.

Good luck. If you have any questions, get in touch; susannah@ourtribetravels.com
 
 

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Terms and Conditions:
The PGL Family Adventure must be taken before the end of July 2021.
Photos and video footage of your family enjoying the holiday will be required.
The completed review must be submitted within 10 days of you returning from your holiday.
Your review will be hosted on the Our Tribe Travels website and will be shared across Our Tribe Travels and PGL social media platforms.
Members may be asked to provide examples of their writing.
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An Interview With Debbie North | Access TOG

Debbie North is a keynote speaker, has had two books published, founded Access the Dales and runs Access TOG, part of The Outdoor Guide.

A fearless adventurer, Deb’s mission is to make the inaccessible accessible for everyone.

A wheelchair user herself, Deb loves nothing better than being on top of a mountain and has carefully documented her routes to inspire others to follow with confidence.
Deb’s walking routes are stile free and therefore accessible for wheelchair users and parents with buggies.
Browse through hundreds of walks here 
Here’s an example of one of Deb’s videos in Rutland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7rFZ_Ma6mI&list=PLkKA6BJD9_YA3YyU-67HKtRcKGFTT67S1 
 

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