Since becoming a wheelchair user Debbie has campaigned tirelessly to break down barriers in all aspects of promoting accessibility for all.
Debbie lives on a sheep farm in Cumbria, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. She is a member of the Local Access Forum for the YDNP and chair of the Access For All group. She is a volunteer for the National Park with the responsibility of auditing the ‘Miles Without Stile’ routes.
For the past 6 years Debbie has been the expert in inclusion and diversity for The Outdoor Guide,
a free online resource dedicated to enjoying the outdoors. Co-founded and fronted by television personality Julia Bradbury.
Debbie is a Get Outside Champion with Ordnance Survey. In 2020 she was nominated for 'Outdoor Personality of the Year' by TGO
Debbie is a presenter, motivational speaker, writer and consultant and is able to deliver tailor made training and presentations. She is a regular contributor for the BBC Countryfile Magazine
Although Debbie specialises in walks for wheelchair users, she is able to create multi- sensory walks for people with visual and hearing impairment.
Her motto is “Making the inaccessible accessible”
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- Living on a sheep farm in Cumbria
- Being a wheelchair user since 2011
- De-stressing from school life
- Spending time in the hills
- Starting to look at ways she could get back outside
- Struggling to access the countryside
- Working with Terrain Hopper
- Losing her husband Andy to cancer
- Setting up the charity “Access the Dales”
- The Outdoor Guide
- Spending time in the open and growing up in Sheffield
- Meeting Andy while teaching at the same school
- Doing the coast to coast walk not really knowing each other…
- Deciding to make some changes
- Putting pen to paper
- Getting back outside again and going on her first walk in a wheelchair
- Facing challenges out in nature
- Why accessibility should be the starting point of any new project
- Magical moments of spending time in the outdoors
- Getting a new dog
- Having her first Scottish solo holiday
- Batteries on wheelchairs
- Going downhill
- New books
- Launching the charity and the book in April 2022
- Final words of advice
- Why we all have our own Everest