Being Outdoors is good for the mind, the body and the spirit - whether it be a walk in the woods or a trek up a mountain. Debbie works with The Outdoor Guide with Julia Bradbury developing and creating walks with wheels finding that perfect walk, the perfect place to stay and that place for the perfect cup of tea! Debbie gives a light hearted and humorous talk about making the inaccessible accessible.
My name is Debbie and I live in Cumbria. In 2008, I was diagnosed with spinal degeneration, and have since used a wheelchair. Before this, I had always been a keen hill walker.
Following the diagnosis, I began investigating all terrain wheelchairs which could get me back out into the hills. I now use one called a Terrain Hopper,a 4x4 all terrain wheelchair, and it was with this that Andy and I completed the Coast to Coast walk, from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay in 2015. In 2016, we published our first book, ‘In the Spirit of Wainwright’, which is a guide of the route we took across the country.
Being able to get back out into the hills has given me my life back. I can now enjoy being back outside with my family and friends. I work with The Outdoor Guide to promote wheel friendly walks.