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Open Country

Helping People with Disabilities to Access and Enjoy the Countryside

Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity with 30 years of experience in enabling people with disabilities to access the countryside. We achieve this through a variety of countryside activities and the provision of information, training and advice.

Fully accessible transport is provided and staff are supported by teams of trained volunteers who are on hand to offer assistance as necessary. For more information about Open Country please click here.

We also have our Wild About Wakefield project based at Thornes Park, which offers countryside activities and access information to people with disabilities in the Wakefield area.

We have to raise nearly £300,000 every year to keep providing the services that we do. Any contributions are greatly appreciated. You can make an online donation via ‘Virgin Money Giving or click here for other ways you can donate. Thank you for your generosity!

Top 10 Healthy (and cheapish) Recipes

Now nobody at Open Country can ever claim to be a budding Gordon Ramsey (although some of us might be just as bossy), however we have had more time at home to perfect our favourite recipes and some new ones too. We have tried to make the instructions and ingredients...
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Audio Walk – Tom’s wonderful wildlife wander around the Aire Valley

During lockdown, Open Country has been thinking of ways to bring the outdoors indoors for our members who are missing getting #OutThereTogether with us. We're delighted to be launching our first ever audio walk, aimed at those who are missing their countryside walks...
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Tom’s Top 10 Tips to keep you snap happy during lockdown

Not being able to get out there together is frustrating us all at the moment. The spring is blooming, yet we are having to admire the wonderful countryside we love to explore from a safe distance. When I’m not working at Open Country, I am my alter ego, ‘The Flat...
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Wonderful Wildlife Webcams

Usually Open Country would be out and about in the countryside right now, ensuring people with disabilities get the opportunity to see some really fantastic wildlife spectacles. Whilst we have had to postpone our nature watching outings for now, there is nothing...
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James’ Make it Wild Blog

Last month James from our Conservation group was a guest blogger on the Make it Wild website. He told them about his work with Open Country and how being in nature makes him feel: "I’ve been coming out with Open Country for over 9 years and I love being part of a team...
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