24th Aug 2014

Sophie in Bakewell VC Sophie at Thornbridge Shophie on BOMA 7

On Wednesday and Thursday last week (19th and 20th August)  Accessible Derbyshire were filming with Visit Britain! The aim of the film is to showcase the many accessible attractions and activities available in the area to a worldwide audience.

Film company Geocast TV along with TV presenter Sophie Morgan were taken on a whistle-stop tour of the the Peak District by Accessible Derbyshire Founders Gillian Scotford and Jane Carver. Filming began at 'Ye Olde Bakewell Pudding Shop' with a sample of their world-famous delicacy after which Sophie, herself a wheelchair-user, had a look around the nearby Visitor Centre. A tour of Thornbridge Ales followed including a tasting of their signature 'Jaipur' beer. The crew then travelled back in time with a trip to Crich Tramway Village and a ride aboard their Access Tram, which boasts a built-in wheelchair lift, before heading over to Carsington Water. Here, Sophie explored the array of boats on offer at Sailability, adapted to suit a range of disabilities, before learning about the Wheelyboat which takes wheelchair-users fishing. Rounding off the day was a test-drive of the amazing BOMA 7 'all-terrain' wheelchair!

Following a well-earned night's sleep in one of the luxurious accessible bedrooms at the Peak Edge hotel, the crew headed to Parsley Hay for a ride on their selection of adapted bikes. Later at Miller's Dale Sophie met with the Rangers to learn about wheelchair abseiling from the bridge (not for the faint-hearted!). The tour concluded in Castelton with its wonderful Visitor Centre and stunning views.

The film, which will be distributed across the Visit Britain network in the coming weeks, was sponsored by Crich Tramway Village, Carsington Water (Severn Trent), the  Peak National Park and Thornbridge Ales.

Our thanks go to all of them as well as to Sophie and Geocast TV for making the film possible.

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