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beautician answers your questions
Features Cringletie House wins Scottish
Hotel Accessible Room award 2006. Garnet
Access Project exists to promote disabled access
to the countryside using quad bikes and amphibious six-wheelers.
Mary rises to the Extra
10th State Street Caledonian Challenge
Fiction contains two short stories, and
a light hearted horoscope for October,
November and December.
Food recipes containing Asparagus,
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Pade Ross from her villa in Spain.
Violet Lutea is here once again with her
helpful gardening tips.
Health: Advice from Jeni.
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Quarterly Quote: Walking on Wheels
Review of Walking
on Wheels, by Eva McCracken
It is apparent right from the start that this
little book about walks for disabled people is written by
someone who knows what they are doing. Inside the front cover
is a very useful key to the suitability of routes –
easy, shown on the maps by blue dots, difficult, in yellow
and challenging, in red. Not just the surface, but the things
able-bodied walkers may not think about much – or at
all, like gradients, cambers and width; not much use being
a flat tarmac surface if you can’t turn your wheelchair
or scooter around.
||As a new wheelchair
user I am learning how much these things matter; a recent visit
to a Perthshire beauty spot I remembered well from my hill walking
days as a nice flat track had to be abandoned because what were
quite small stones in my walking days now became mini-boulders,
and in Portugal last year the charming cobbled streets took
on quite another aspect as I bumped and jolted over them.
Portobello TV interview
If you have a broadband connection capable of receiving streaming
to go to the Portobello TV site, where you can watch an interview
with Eva McCracken.
frustrated in Perthshire, this book has come like a shot in
the arm, and I look forward to trying out some of the walks.
The book is born out of the determination of the author,
Eva McCracken, not to abandon the delights of her beloved
hill walking once she was confined to a wheelchair.
has listed fifty walks in Scotland in seven different areas,
and has carefully audited all of the routes in the book to
a very high standard, not only for the suitability of the
trail but for many other factors that disabled people will
need to know. Each page has a description of the walk and
map references, distances, availability of toilets (even whether
there is room for a wheelchair to the right or left of the
toilet) with website details and/or telephone numbers of relevant
organisations and people – Forestry Commission, Visitor
Centres, Rangers and Access Officers, for instance. On the
facing page there is a map of the area, showing the walk marked
as easy, difficult or challenging (no such thing as very difficult,
I noticed!) and a photograph. Some walks are through forested
areas, some through more open country, some along canal towpaths,
all with detailed notes where necessary about access, gates,
and roads which may need to be crossed. I was very impressed
by the walks around the Loch Morlich area in the Cairngorms,
where I often walked in pre MS days; not only were they well
covered, but I found a track I did not know about, and more
to the point found I could borrow a scooter from the Visitor
Centre! I thought my days on the Glenmore Forest tracks were
just a wistful memory, but thanks to this book I shall be
back there again as soon as possible. Thank you, Eve McCracken.
Many disabled lovers of the outdoors will bless your name.
I have looked to see what could be in the book that has been
omitted, but cannot find anything, other than the understandably
limited coverage. It would be good now if other wheelchair
walkers were to audit paths in their area and pool the information
for a second edition, but it would be very important to maintain
the same high standard. I am sure that not only will there
be a demand for a second and enlarged edition, but a clamour
from south of the border for someone to do the same for England.
The book is published by the Cualaan
Press, ISBN 0-9544416-8-0, and costs £10.99
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