At Guardian Angels Carers we know that a day out can brighten a week. Covid restrictions and advice mean that many of us are looking for accessible outdoor places to spend time with our loved ones safely.
One of our favourite places in Surrey is Elmbridge. This genteel borough has many beautiful, spacious commons, parks and riversides as well as pretty villages accessible for wheelchairs and those with mobility challenges.
Although with full lockdown it is recommended by the government that we only go outdoors for exercise locally, we can look forward to when restrictions are eased.
Spending time outdoors is crucial to our wellbeing so our home care in Elmbridge team told us about their top tips for outdoor places to spend time with loved ones when safe to do so.
It’s good news that even with tier 4 restrictions the stunning landscaped gardens of Claremont and Painshill Park can be safely visited. You should, however, pre-book due to restrictions on numbers to ensure social distancing. Our care team can help with that!
Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher, Elmbridge dates back to the 18th century and was a royal countryside retreat. This green oasis has level paths suitable for wheelchairs around the lake and they have an all-terrain wheelchair available to hire for accessing the more rugged areas of the gardens with ease and comfort. The café remains open for takeaway service.
After a visit to the Claremont gardens many of our home carer team like to pop into the town for a stroll and are looking forward to easing of restrictions so we can visit our favourite shops and cafes. The town of Claremont is an attractive place for a stroll. Bernard of Esher; OKeefe, Lily & Bow and Something Extra are all stylish boutiques. When in need of refreshment the Albert Arms, the Rock Salt Roof Garden, The Bear, Layla, Good Earth, Carluccios and The Chocolate Teapot are all wonderful places to stop for a refreshing bite to eat.
The 18th century Painshill Park in Cobham is another stunning park that was open during tier 4 restrictions and as is spread over 158 acres is easy to maintain social distance. The park has a wheelchair accessible route and the café is also wheelchair accessible, of course during the Covid 19 restrictions the café is takeaway service only.
Hampton Court Palace gardens is another one of our favourite spots.
If you prefer a stroll around a village or by a river, Elmbridge has 3 rivers flowing through the borough – the Wey, Mole and Thames. All of the home care in Elmbridge team told us that the riversides are lovely spots for gentle walks and picnics while watching the boats sail by.
Whichever activity you choose, the rivers, parks and the commons give ample opportunity for young and elderly alike to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of being outdoors while maintaining safe social distance.
If you are looking for Home Care in Elmbridge contact us for a chat about your needs and preferences.