Open Country

Helping People with Disabilities to Access and Enjoy the Countryside


Givey donate button

Hello and a very warm welcome to Open Country! Thank you for visiting our website; we hope you find what you are looking for.

We are a Yorkshire charity with over 30 years of experience of working alongside disabled people, helping them to access and enjoy the countryside. We accomplish this through a variety of outdoor activities and the provision of information, training and advice for all.

We spend our days in the great outdoors, having fun whilst looking after our health and wellbeing. We have a dynamic team of staff, volunteers and trustees ready to welcome and support you.

Please get in touch to find out how you can join us, we’re waiting to take your call: 01423 507227

Best wishes from us all at Open Country 

Our Bluespace project causes a splash!

We’re increasingly aware that disabled people want the same ability to access ‘Bluespace’ (or ‘water‘, as we used to call it!) as anyone else. This might, for example, be the ability to access canal boats, have ramped access to wild swimming opportunities or to enjoy...

Open Country officially launches in Barnsley!

With thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund's Know Your Neighbourhood scheme, Open Country have been able to start a new satellite project from Wakefield in Barnsley district.   The two-year funding has allowed us to recruit Bob Mawson, our new part-time...

Join our team – we’re hiring!

New opportunities for Barnsley's folk! Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund "Know Your Neighbourhood", Open Country are excited to be able to launch a new outreach project in Barnsley! To help us organise and run a range of countryside-based...

Open Country is coming to Selby!

We are pleased to be launching a new Tandem Club and Walking Group for people with disabilities in the Selby District! The new groups are launching in April and we are keen to hear from you if would like to get involved either as a volunteer or a disabled member. Open...

The Allotment Group returns!

Our 'Nature Connections' Allotment Group starts up again this week and we are excited to get growing after a brief rest over the winter!   The project, funded by Hey Smile Foundation, supports positive mental and physical wellbeing, and is part of a test and...

Wild Things!

Hello and a warm welcome to the very first Wild Things blog, where we will share updates from our Wakefield Wild Things group and wildlife updates throughout the year. We have been busy sowing wildflower seeds. You may be wondering why we would sow seeds just before...

Lottery success for Wakefield!

After a very successful pilot project, we are very grateful to gain National Lottery Community Fund backing to continue and grow our 'Wild about Wakefield' work.   We will be using the three-year Lottery funding, totalling almost £300,000, to help build our...

Join our Board of Trustees to help shape our future

We're on the look out for new Trustees to lead our dynamic charity at an exciting time in its development.   Engaging, strategic, interested in the outdoors? If you recognise yourself in this description then our new Trustee roles might be for you. Please take a...

Disabled Members


Weekly Outdoor Activities

Years of Experience

Get In Touch


Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LT


01423 507227

1 + 7 =

Read our latest newsletter!

To understand how we will use your personal information, please read our Privacy Policy

Registered Charity No: 1107331   Company No: 5155859

© 2017 - 2023. Open Country. All rights reserved.

Open Country logo
Givey logo
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service logo
LGBTQ+ logo
Registered with Fundraising Regulator logo
The National Lottery Community Fund
Disability Confident Committed logo
Skip to content