Open Country

Helping People with Disabilities to Access and Enjoy the Countryside


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Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity with over 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 look on the ‘Who We Are’ page.

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

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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Sustrans scoops Good Access Scheme award

National walking and cycling charity Sustrans are the winners of our prestigious Good Access Scheme award for 2020. Mike and Rosslyn from the charity attended a glittering Zoom ceremony just before Christmas to accept the award from members of our illustrious Ripon...
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Top 10 Outdoor Apps

It's fair to say that at Open Country, we're not always the first to embrace new technology and often prefer a more traditional (and somewhat slower) pace of life that perhaps the digital age doesn't provide us with. However, we're always keen to learn and to accept...
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International Day of People with Disabilities

Thursday 3rd December is International Day of People with Disabilities, the worldwide celebration of the contribution of people of all abilities. It is also a reminder of the importance of removing barriers for all people living with disability, both visible and...
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Winter Nature Activities Pack

Winter - the season of plenty... if you go looking for it!   There's still so much in nature to explore and discover and our Winter Nature Activities Pack will help you to get involved in wildlife in your own homes, gardens and local parks. Most of the ideas in...
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Community House                                           

46 East Parade


North Yorkshire




01423 507227


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