Open Country

Helping People with Disabilities to Access and Enjoy the Countryside

Open Country is a Yorkshire-based charity with over 30 years of experience in enabling people with disabilities to access and enjoy the countryside. We achieve this through a variety of outdoor 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 look on the ‘Who We Are’ page.

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 see our ‘Donate page’ for other ways you can give. Thank you for your generosity!

Helping to unlock the countryside for all

Hot on the heels of the launch of our brand new Breakfree trails pack, we're delighted to release the Second Edition of our Wakefield Countryside Directory. Designed by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities, the Directory aims to break down the...
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Happy Volunteers’ Week!

Volunteers’ Week takes place in June every year. It's a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you. Volunteering is important; in 2019/20, there were around 163,000 voluntary organisations in the UK, most of...
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NEW Breakfree pack for Wakefield

We are really thrilled to be launching our first ever 'Breakfree' pack for the Wakefield district. Created to provide inspiration and information on accessible trails around the area, the packs are free to download on our website click here. Take a look at our launch...
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Spring cleaning the countryside

We're delighted to be back out with some of our groups this week after what feels like a lengthy winter hibernation. The sun shone for our Nature Force group's first task, litter picking in Knaresborough. Four hours and 12 bags later, the stretch of path between...
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Take part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge

Captain Tom was an inspiration to all during the darkest of times. A great example of someone who didn't let their mobility get in their way of an adventure. To mark what would have been his 101st birthday on 30 April, Captain Tom’s family are inviting people across...
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Open Country #OneYearOn

Exactly one year ago, as the first lockdown began, we could only imagine what the next few months held for everyone and what the future held for our small charity. With our activities well and truly stymied, it was hard to anticipate what we'd be able to say in...
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Spring Nature Activities Pack

Spring is springing up around us! There’s so much to explore and discover in nature over these next few months and our Spring Nature Activities Pack will help you to get involved in wildlife in your own homes, gardens and local parks. Packed full of information and...
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Our lockdown programme of activities

Covid-19 has turned the world on its head and changed the way we work. 2021 has begun with another lockdown so once again we are moving all our activities on line until we can get #OutThereTogether again. Below is our list of Zoom activities offering exercise, nature...
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Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LT


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