Sophie Morgan’s guide to accessible breaks in Buckinghamshire
Bordering London and part of the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire is home to an array of activities, more National Trust properties than any other county in the country and has something for everyone, including those with a physical disability like me.
Meet assistance dogs in training
Enjoy a meal at the centre for the Hearing Dog’s for Deaf People and then take a stroll around the grounds whilst learning about the charity and the important work they do, training hundreds of puppies a year to help deaf and hard of hearing people.
Learn about the history of the Paralympics
Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Situated next door to the world-renowned spinal hospital, Stoke Mandeville, the Paralympic Heritage Trust Centre is possibly the world’s smallest museum but it is packed to the brim with information about the Games and the man behind them, Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann. The museum is designed to be accessible to everyone. Don’t leave without holding the Paralympic torch.
Try chocolate making
Spend an afternoon at Rumsey’s where you can learn how to make your own chocolates. Located in the beautiful market town of Wendover, the family-owned cafe also serves food and drinks so you can feast while you learn. Their truffles are outstanding. Continue your day of decadence by exploring Waddesdon Manor and taking in the spectacular grounds and art collection.
Get to know Roald Dahl
Everyone’s favourite children’s author Roald Dahl lived in Buckinghamshire for most of his life, and the Museum and Story Centre was established near his home in Great Missenden so that his legacy could live on. Learn all about Dahl and his weird and wonderful characters and see if you can spot a BFG along the way!
Take a trip on a Trike
Start your adventure at the fabulous Nag’s Head for lunch – the fish and chips are great! – before heading out to see the Chilterns on the back of ‘Bumble’, the bright yellow trike owned and driven by Ash who operates Chiltern Trike Tours. Make sure you have a quick stop off at Griffiths Brothers Gin Distillery and The Chiltern Brewery. If you want to stay in the area, the Compleat Angler, perched next to the River Thames in Marlow, has a fantastic Indian restaurant; Sindhu by Atul Kochhar.
Make your own silver jewellery
Design your own earrings in the company of expert silversmiths, Sarah and Violeta, who own Corzo & Wood – one of several independent businesses at Claydon Estate. Learn how to make your design come to life using all of the tools required to work with silver. Make sure to stop at the Phoenix Kitchen too for some cake made with home-grown fruit.
Sophie Morgan is a TV Presenter and Disability Advocate living in London. She has also visited the Peak District on her previous travels with VisitEngland.
Please note: While the places listed in this article have achieved good levels of accessibility, please be sure to make your own checks and inquiries directly with the attractions before travelling to ensure your individual accessibility requirements can be met. You can also find independently assessed accessible accommodation across the country and further ideas and inspiration in the Access for All section.