Travel Inspiration - The BimblersBy Niamh Duffy -
The Bimblers [http://www.thebimblers.com/] is an accessible travel blog for wheelchair users and those with mobility problems. The Bimblers are the duo Rob and Bridget.
Rob has said: “The Bimblers is our personal travel blog where we share our bimbles in a wheelchair. We try our best to promote good access in the tourism industry and encourage others with mobility problems to travel more.”
We really like the blog’s current main focus on the UK. From day trips to accessible walks along the British coastline, free accessible activities to accommodation reviews nationwide, there is a wealth of travel information on The Bimblers.
We were given the chance to have a chat with Rob:
Where have you been that genuinely took your breath away?
At the moment we generally travel in the UK because it's easier. The one place that took our breath away has got to be the east coast of England.
If anything, it was a revelation because we’d assumed the east coast, especially the northern sections would be industrial surrounded by the murky North Sea.
In reality, it’s a stunning coast with so many things to see. We travelled from the River Humber in the south to Berwick upon Tweed in the north.
En route, there are seaside towns including Scarborough and Whitby, ideal for a wheelchair walk on the promenade. Stunning seascapes and majestic white cliffs at Flamborough Head. The imposing Bamburgh Castle, the mystical Holy Island, quaint fishing villages and of course the last town in England Berwick upon Tweed.
Where have you been where you felt most at home, away from home?
We both especially enjoyed our time in Devon. The county can be as active or relaxed as you want it to be. The warm welcome we received made our visit feel like we were spending time with friends.
But, the one place that captured our heart has got to be the Peak District.
We spent a few days at Lane End Farm Trust and stayed in the wonderful Room For All Seasons, we don’t remember ever feeling so relaxed.
The Peak District National Park is so diverse, so pretty and surprisingly so accessible, we’d have to say it’s where we felt most at home.
What's been the most interesting/surprising thing that's happened as an outcome of running your website?
We’ve been very lucky and met so many nice people as a result of the blog. Given The Bimblers started life as a personal journal, it has surprised us how well it's been received by our audience.
We receive many supportive comments and good wishes, it makes overcoming the difficulties and barriers we face all worthwhile.
What advice would you have given yourself five years ago? Where do you hope to be in five years time?
That’s a tough one, five years ago we were in a different place.
Knowing what we know now, we would encourage ourselves to not let disability hold us back.
Adversity brought us to where we are today, so our advice to us would be to accept what life has thrown at us and figure out a way to follow a different path.
In the next five years, we have a simple goal and it’s to keep going. It’s not easy, we’re not able to travel all of the time, health won’t allow it. But, if we can travel when we’re physically able and people continue to enjoy what we’re doing, then we’ll simply keep going.
Would you rather go into space or explore the depths of the ocean?
There are still so many places to explore here on Terra Firma, Nemo and ET can wait to meet The Bimblers!