OAP and elderly friendly Holidays Cornwall
OAP and Elderly Friendly Holidays in Cornwall
Making memories with loved ones is essential, especially as we get older. However, for more senior members of the family, high-octane adventures will not be suitable. If you are going on holiday with more ageing parents and grandparents, you may be concerned about mobility issues and making sure they can still enjoy plenty of activities, so we have put together some suggestions that might help you make your holiday memorable for all the right reasons.
Finding the Right Accommodation
When it comes to holidays in Cornwall with older adults, it is essential to find suitable accommodation. Hotels are a great place to start because they tend to have either ground floor rooms or lifts to other floors, and they provide catering without having to leave the venue. In addition, some delightful holiday rental properties are geared towards those who have mobility issues, including level access, walk-in showers, rise and recline armchairs and space for wheelchairs.
Locations, Location, Location
It will be essential to get out and explore the area, and with that in mind, Falmouth is an excellent example of a town that is pretty level and doesn’t require a lot of steep hills climbing. However, some villages and towns are very steep, so staying there would not make life easy. You will also find that many attractions have scooter hire available, which means that your older family members can enjoy longer days out without having to stress about too much walking.
Take a Train Ride
There are a few train options for tourists exploring Cornwall; a steam train is a delightful way to travel, and the Liskeard to Looe branch line gives you a great starting point for a day out. As you wind your way between the two towns, you are privy to some fantastic coastal vistas. Once in Looe, exploring is relatively easy at is it quite flat and home to some lovely shops, cafes, and art galleries, meaning you can take a break at any time and have a sit-down.
Lanhydrock House and Trebah Garden
Generally, most National Trust houses can accommodate less-mobile visitors, and if you ask at the gate, you can be directed to disabled parking much closer to the entrance. NT also has a mobility scooter hire scheme, although you need to book in advance to ensure one is available for you. Over at Trebah Garden, you will find two electric chairs on offer, and this can be self-controlled or operated by someone else. Some stepped areas won’t be accessible, but most of this beautiful scenic garden is easy to navigate.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project crops up regularly as one of the most accommodating attractions in Cornwall. It is a vast site, but there is wheelchair hire on offer, so elder members don’t need to worry about the walking. Although there may be a few spots harder to access because of the steps, you can still enjoy a full day out. There are plenty of cafes and food outlets, and there is wheelchair and level access to the famous Biomes.