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!

Announcing the winners of the 2021 Good Access Scheme award

We were delighted to crown Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as the winners of the 2021 Good Access Scheme award for their commendable efforts in access improvement at their Ripon City Wetlands nature reserve. Our Harrogate Advisory Group chose the Trust to receive the award...
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Our impact 2020-21

We're delighted to have published our Impact Report for 2020-21 outlining the ways in which we helped bring our members and volunteers closer to nature, despite the challenges of the pandemic. We're really pleased with our achievements, helping to bring the outdoors...
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We’re recruiting!

Vacancy: Fundraising Officer We'd love to add to our small but dedicated team with the appointment of a new Fundraising Officer to work alongside our  current part time Fundraising Officer. Here are the details: Based in Harrogate and/or Wakefield, with the...
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Channel challenge for Jonty!

Meet Jonty, the inspirational amputee who is taking on multiple endurance events in aid of Open Country! Over 20 years ago Jonty had a serious car accident leaving him permanently disabled with injuries including an amputated left leg below the knee; titanium plates...
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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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Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LT


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