Last reply 2 weeks ago
Holiday

I recently went away for a few days to another part of the country( Blackpool) with the family was lovely but I really struggled with all the walking! Just wondered if anyone else has encountered this issue. I’m a bit scared because we had planned to go to London with the kids in October which will probably involve a lot of walking.

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stumbler
2 weeks ago

@tracey1982 , it is at times like this that you have to consider a wheelchair.

It’s never an enjoyable thought, but you have to consider the benefits. I’m not telling you to spend your life in a wheelchair, but it is comforting to know it is available, in case of need.

If you’re considering London, the following guides may be helpful :-

https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12387.aspx


tracey1982
2 weeks ago

It’s funny you should say that because I actually was thinking the same thing! It really tough to do a lot of walking and I try my best to always walk but sometimes gets to much to cope with


simone2
2 weeks ago

I got a wheelchair last year when we took my daughter to university and spent a few Days in Holland i really didn’t want to get a wheelchair (i thought I’d gave in) but it was the best thing i enjoyed the few days so much it would have been so much harder for me without the wheelchair i could relax hope you have a good time in London (it’s amazing how much shopping you can get in a wheelchair 😉


tracey1982
2 weeks ago

Lol yes what you’ve just said is how I feel. Feel if I get a wheelchair I’ve give up kinda thing! It’s like whatttttt now I need a wheelchair. Can I ask what type you bought?


lisa38
2 weeks ago

I have a folding wheelchair in a bag and crutches and a rollator they are options I find the rollator useful It has a seat you can lift up with a bag I use it a lot


simone2
2 weeks ago

It was free i live in france, i only use the wheelchair in big shops or when i know I’m going have to walk alot what made realize i was being stupid not getting a wheelchair is i would miss out doing things by not having one, my daughter loves pushing me about but its a bit dangerous for everyone else 😁


vixen
2 weeks ago

Hey @tracy1982. One thing you are probably getting good at, is the art of careful planning. I left London last year, but had learned how to live there through recognising my limits. So, think first about the destination target, like Natural History Museum (not sure where Covid restrictions fit in?) and work backwards. Find out which stations have wheelchair access, or at least escalators/lifts. Cafes are are really important feature to; for example, I have 10 minutes wandering capacity, then I am deposited at a cafe with my ipod while the others go off for a bit. Oh, and most important thing of all; where are the loos? For example, at Hyde Park, the nearest steps at the bottom end only have steps, which are a pain. Anyways, I hope you have a god time whatever you do 🙂


clare80
2 weeks ago

Hi @tracy1982, the great thing about London is there are lots of buses you can just sit on, which go past interesting places, you don’t have to walk it all. Also I’d recommend the boat – you don’t need a fancy tour, you can just get on a commuter boat. We wanted to do some sight seeing with my nephews without doing too much walking and got the Thames Clipper from the London Eye to the Tower of London. They absolutely loved it, you could see lots of sights from the water and the boat was part of the adventure too. https://www.thamesclippers.com/plan-your-journey/route-map
Hope you have a great time!


clare80
2 weeks ago

Sorry, that last post was for @tracey1982 – I missed an “e”!


tracey1982
2 weeks ago

Yes good points thanks. My legs can walk it’s the way it makes me feel at times


tracey1982
2 weeks ago

I think with covid I might not end up going but see how things go.


itsmewithms
2 weeks ago

I second the recommendation above about finding non-walking options. A few years ago we went to San Francisco (I live in the midwest/USA) and was excited but knew from visiting there before that it would involve hills and walking. We did the Red Bus tour and could get on and off at sites and I managed my walking. I could also hang at a park with a book while my family walked about more and met back up with me to get on the bus.

I’d really like to get to places in Europe and the boat tours interest me where I could stay on the boat and family could bike to the next port and meet up with me. Often there are options to still enjoy with others and let us each do what we can do-

I’ve also seen this forum put to good use asking people in those regions for advice on support and services. You may be able to find forum members in the area that would have good advice of what to do in that area to enjoy it fully without vacation dread-

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