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Rutland Water hosts The Outdoor Guide's all-ability walk as part of the Ordnance Survey's National Get Outside Day 2019

A popular beauty spot played its part in making the countryside accessible to everyone at the weekend.

Rutland Water hosted The Outdoor Guide’s all-ability walk as part of Ordnance Survey’s ‘National Get Outside Day’ on Sunday (October 6).

About 30 people, including Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness, took part in the six-mile walk from the Normanton Church car park to Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, where they ate lunch, before returning.

Debbie North from The Outdoor Guide, said: “It was a fabulous day.

“It was so well attended by many people, both disabled and able-bodied, and we had every shape and size of wheelchair there.

“There was one woman who brought along her son, and she said that he had seen a waterfall for the very first time last month, thanks to The Outdoor Guide.

“I felt quite emotional when she told me.

“But it is experiences such as this which are exactly what we are trying to do - to make the countryside more accessible for all.”

Debbie added that a woman from Cornwall, who was visiting Rutland Water, also joined them on the walk.

The Outdoor Guide was started up by Rutland celebrity Julia Bradbury and her sister Gina Fox, who initially wanted to showcase the walks she used to do on television.

Debbie described Rutland Water as a ‘hidden gem in the middle of the country’, adding that its paths and wide gates make it perfect for wheelchairs.

She thanked Barnsdale Lodge Hotel for their ‘wonderful’ hospitality and Mobiloo, for proving accessible toilet and changing facilities.

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