When you’re fancying a change of scenery, or a bit of fresh air, there’s nothing better than going for a trip outdoors on your mobility scooter. In our Accessible Routes series, Quingo Scooters are sharing some outdoor routes for you to take on your mobility scooter.
Virginia Water and the Valley Gardens
Virginia Water and the Valley Gardens are part of the Windsor Great Park Estate, located in Wentworth, Surrey. Created by the shared vision of Sir Eric Savill and Hope Finlay, these valleys were planted with exotic azaleas, magnolias and other booms from all over the world. A truly exceptional place, there are many routes in Windsor Great Park Estate. It is exceptionally well kept, and combined with its accessible paths it makes for a great day out for everyone. The sights you’ll see are absolutely beautiful, The Valley Gardens is famous for its wonderful Punch Bowl display – a natural amphitheatre of multi-coloured azaleas which are in full bloom each May.
Name: Virginia Water
Type of route: Circular
Distance: 4.5 miles
Gradient: A few ups and downs
Facilities: Parking, Pub, Toilets, Café
You can find the car park to Virginia Water just off the A30 – if you are using a satellite navigation system simply enter the postcode GU25 4QF. When you reach the car park, follow the brown tourist signs for the Savill Garden.
A circular route of 4.5 miles, Virginia Water has a great path suitable for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. The first three miles of the route are tarmac, taking you around the lake and offering some really picturesque views. After this the path slopes gradually for around 40 metres, so make sure to take extra care on this section. The path for the remaining 1.5 miles is gravel, but is still more than accessible. There are plenty of benches in the first part of the route if members of the group wish to stop for a rest, however there are less in the second part.
Throughout the route there are plenty of signs and information boards if you wish to learn a few facts on your way around. This is great, as it makes the route incredibly easy to follow. There are also maps provided within The Valley Gardens which highlight a mobility scooter walk through the gardens. It also highlights other points of interest, so it’s a great idea to pick one of these up!
Toilets can be found in the pub, which is directly by the Virginia Water car park. At the start of the route, you’ll also come across an ice cream and snack bar. Inside the Savill Garden Centre, you’ll find a lovely cage and shop to browse around at your leisure.
Disclaimer: Please remember to always exercise caution – Quingo cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur whilst exploring the route. If you aren’t sure about certain parts of the route, it’s best to avoid them.
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