Here at Quingo Scooters, we’re all about bringing you the very best accessible routes around the country. In the UK we’re lucky enough to have an incredible number of areas of great natural beauty, and many of them are increasingly accessible to those of us using a mobility scooter. So, in this latest of our series of articles in which we pick some of best accessible routes to discover on your mobility scooter, we’re heading to the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
The Broads are in many ways defined by the sea. East Anglia is a huge area and one that it can take a long time to travel across (particularly by boat), but you never feel far from the sea when you’re in the Broads. Fishing of all sorts has been a mainstay of the economy here for millennia. And over the years, the Anglo Saxons, the Vikings and the Romans have made their homes here. So, it is somewhere with a rich history to discover, but it also has a vibrant and fascinating present.
Many people are drawn to the Broads by the rich wildlife. Whether it is the wading birds or the otters you might be lucky enough to spot on the banks of the River Bure in Norfolk. Or the grey seals of Horsey, or the millions of butterflies and dragonflies you’ll see as you pass through, this is an incredible natural landscape.
But there are also wonderful towns and villages to visit in the area too. We fell in love with Beccles and its many tiny independent shops: it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours. The Hungate Lane car park is central and has 66 spaces and has dedicated Blue Badge parking too.
A great place to start your journey in the Broads is on the national park’s dedicated Access for All page. You’ll find plenty of information there on the work that the organisation is doing to make the Broads as accessible as possible, whether through adapted boats or creating boardwalks that suitable for wheelchair users.
We also recommend you take the chance to go to one of their Visitor Centres, at Hoveton, How Hill and Whitlingham. They’re all accessible, and each one runs boat trips from the centre to give you the chance to explore the local waterways. It’s a great starting point, but if you fancy heading out into the wilds a little more, we also recommend Barton Broad. It has a boardwalk that’s accessible to wheelchair users and mobility scooters that takes you through some beautiful woodland. There are also plenty of dedicated Blue Badge holder spaces in the car park by the entrance at Neatishead. Best of all, the mile and a half route is completely free to access.
You can take accessible cruises on a boat from Horsey to Upper Thurne through the nature reserve there, and we’ve found that the boats are great for passengers with limited mobility. We recommend booking the day before, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, text or leave him a message on 07791 526440 to secure your spot. There is pay-and-display car parking at Horsey Gap and at Horsey Mill (there are plenty of spaces but no dedicated Blue Badge ones, as far as we know).
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