Open Country

Helping People with Disabilities to Access and Enjoy the Countryside


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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 

Could you join Open Country as a Volunteer Treasurer?

Are you passionate about the outdoors and eager to support disabled individuals in accessing and enjoying the countryside? Open Country - a dynamic Yorkshire charity -  is seeking a dedicated Volunteer Treasurer to play a pivotal role in our journey of growth and...

Promoting good access with our GAS awards

  “Small changes can make an enormous difference to improving access for all. It is important to remember that any barrier – however well intentioned - will be a barrier to someone." - David Shaftoe, Open Country We've been delighted to present two Yorkshire...

An audience with Jonty Warneken – jellyfish, icy waters and bravery!

There is a chance for people to share an inspirational evening with para swimmer Jonty Warneken in Harrogate this April. Jonty was the first amputee to swim the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland solo and his story is one of bravery and overcoming...

Explore the Great Outdoors with Open Country’s Wakefield Breakfree Trails

Are you ready to embark on exciting outdoor adventures right in your local Wakefield district? Open Country is thrilled to introduce our newest initiative, the Wakefield Breakfree Pack! Designed to inspire and inform, this pack is your key to discovering accessible...

The results are in…

We have collated the results from our 2023 Annual survey. Here are some examples of our member and volunteer responses: A total of 77.77% have been involved with Open Country for over 5 years.  Respondents engage in a variety of services, showcasing the broad appeal...

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...

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


01423 507227

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Registered Charity No: 1107331   Company No: 5155859

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