As seen on the BBC click on this link https://fb.watch/aJvSAu0JoM/
Please find us on Facebook and, like so this site grows- If you use mobility equipment please send me your own favourite wanders - the more the merrier so this becomes a guide covering the whole of the UK.
As featured on the wonderful BBC Winterwatch (series 12, episode 2, screened on 17th January 2024 )
Filmed at Adel Dam, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Fairburn Ings, RSPB nature reserves
You can now download a full copy of the whole accessiblenatureuk routes along with many of my original photographs. Go to the download page.
Accessiblenatureuk is intended to be a useful - factual resource aimed at helping people who are dependant on a mobility / power chair, electric propelling unit such as a Batec, Triride, Klaxon or similar, freewheel and self propelled wheelchair to access the natural world and nature. Written by Peter Lau ( himself a T6 paraplegic and full time wheelchair user since April 2014). Peter wanted to get back out and resume his love of the natural world, experience it fully and develop his wildlife photography skills.
The information contained on this site is available FOC in the hope that you too can better access wilder places and our wonderful country. The information you will find is based on Peter's own findings from visits he has made. You can also find us on Facebook and instagram.
For an interactive location map - please click on this link.
to download the guide to this location. ----
About me, the author.
My passion has always been about nature and our natural world. To get my fix I travelled all around the world with my family and friends - scuba diving, mountain biking, kayaking, running, walking, we visited and experienced amazing places and wildlife. We were so privileged.
Then one day in April 2014 everything changed. A crash on my mountain bike led to my fight for life, then my fight to reinvent myself. Not only had I lost my beloved career in the British Fire Service but every hobby that I spent my time pursuing.
I had to relearn how to live life as a T6 paraplegic, paralysed from the chest down and reliant on a wheelchair for mobility. Suffering constant tremendous nerve pain as a result of my severed spinal cord, but also having to come to terms of my new situation. Depression and a struggle with medication, as well as mental health all adding to my / our battle.
I am and remain fully appreciative that my wife who works in the NHS is very supportive. She helps me get on with life and makes sure I push myself to the limits I can achieve by encouragement. Beloved family members and great friends also help me if I need it, a difficult thing to accept help but I soon realised that if I want to get the most out of life then help must at times be an integral part of it.
I appreciate I am so very fortunate to have a Batec Scrambler - an electric powered wheelchair attachment that has provided me with a way to explore the wonderful places I can now reach. I can cover a lot of miles - taking with me a quite heavy camera and lens. My Batec was bought and is maintained by Cyclone Mobility, it gives me my independence and freedom. A standing joke with Cyclone Mobility is my track record of abusing my equipment - It and I go far - across what you would often think is ridiculous terrain for someone in a wheelchair - a Batec and I have many thousands of miles under our belt- finding these routes doesn't always go to plan. I owe a debt to a number of strangers who after a joyful and perhaps over enthusiastic bit of route finding research outing I have ended up on the floor! So please be assured the routes on this site are tested and quite safe.
I have come a long way since my accident in 2014, achieved much and continue to develop my new norm.
A huge part of my rehab has been keeping busy and occupying my mind - learning new skills such as photography as well as improving my knowledge base of land and air dwelling nature. It is this that has led me to create Accessible Nature UK, please enjoy.
Foreword by iolo Williams, Welsh Naturalist & TV Presenter-
"Nature should be accessible to everyone no matter what their physical abilities. Many organisations, however, give little or no information about access for less able individuals to the sites they manage. Through his accessiblenatureuk website, Peter Lau is addressing this problem by visiting dozens of nature reserves throughout the land and recording his findings. The result is an ever growing bank of invaluable information for any physically impaired naturalist wishing to visit one of the 70+ nature reserves Peter has accessed to date.
Peter is an accomplished public speaker on various topics. Such as motivation, overcoming adversary, wildlife photography, accessibility, and "my journey so far".
Feedback - from the then President of Normanton Rotary Club wrote-
With guest speakers attending Normanton Rotary Club on a weekly basis standards are generally high. But Pete was undoubtedly one of the best. His relaxed and personable style made his talk all the more interesting.
His presentation was at times humorous, serious and thoughtful. But always inspiring. His life’s story so far was explored in an open and frank manner and what a story it is - from Fire Engines to Wildlife Photograph and all the trials and tribulations in between.
Members of the club to a person found Pete to be charming, enthralling and engaging. His honesty and strong will shone through. With Pete’s many developing interests I’m sure it will not be long before we are inviting him back to update us on his awe inspiring adventures. It was a pleasure to hear of the varying charities that Pete is involved with and support them as a club.