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Yorkshire Grand Depart!

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Written by Debs; part of the Tripility team.

So, last weekend I donned my official Tour de France t-shirt, painted my nails yellow (I’m a VERY supportive person) and headed on down to support the Lycra clad cyclists speeding through Yorkshire at ludicrous speeds. It was absolutely brilliant! I have never really paid much attention to this great race before and cycling hasn’t really come onto my radar. However, with the introduction of the electric bike, this has all changed (although gutted to find out electric bikes aren’t part of the Tour de France?!). Last week we informed our lovely social media followers about all of the accessible routes that had been outlined for people wanting to watch the Tour. Mark and I decided to forgo our own advice and off road it (although we actually stayed on a road). We set off relatively bright and early on Sunday to grab a great view, we were staying with family just outside of Knaresborough, so it was a 2 minute stroll to the cycling action. We had heard on the village grapevine, that people were going to be camping out from first light in order to get the best view of the cyclists whizzing by. Thankfully, our little group decided we didn’t have enough Tour fever to do this and that 2 hours before would be sufficient enough to get a good spot and hopefully grab some goodies (sadly I was disappointed on the goodies front). The cyclists would be passing by the main road at the end of the street near us and when we got there, we were extra pleased we had not camped; there was loads of space. I was using my wheelchair for this task and Mark’s nephew was all snug in his pram, so we wanted to find a good spot to park up both vehicles and ensure that people who were standing did not block our view. This was when we realised just how pleased we were that we didn’t get up early; no matter how brilliant a spot you have, someone will always come and stand in front of you!

Le Tour...2 hours waiting paid off.
Le Tour…2 hours waiting paid off.

Since having to use a wheelchair, I have found events a very different experience; going to watch a band, going to fayres (which I of course do often) or local events is just that bit different. I often find that once I have battled to get a good view, or even just to get near the event, depending on the terrain, I am just a bit over the whole affair. Watching other people dance around and throw themselves into joining in, can often make me feel a bit left out and envious. Don’t get me wrong, just because I am in the wheelchair does not mean that I can’t join in and life is what you make of it, but it is different. Having said that, after making loud disgruntled comments to the man that blocked my view of all the Lycra at the weekend, it was utterly brilliant to see the Tour de France going through Yorkshire. The atmosphere was amazing and the cyclists (although I only glimpsed them as they whizzed through at a great speed) were bloomin fantastic; I have know idea what drives them to cycle every day for 3 weeks, but they looked like they breezed through it!

If, unlike us, you used some of the accessible routes, how did they work out? Did anyone attempt the steep climb of Buttertubs? More importantly, did anyone manage to get their hands on some free Le Tour Yorkshire Tea?! I for one, did not: I was devastated.

Spot the major supporters by their t-shirts!
Spot the major supporters by their t-shirts!

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The first family holiday…how many suitcases?!

This week, here at Tripility, we are bringing you another guest blogger! So far we have covered a few areas of access and gluten free holidaying (or just general waffle if it was written by me), so this week, we are looking at holidaying with children. Our lovely blogger Jackie, became a Mum in December of last year, at the beginning of this month, she and her husband had their first family holiday with the delicious Freddie. They stayed in Cornwall, at the Retallack Resort and Spa; she has given her thoughts on this below…enjoy!

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Written by Jackie: an honorary member of the Tripility team!

I came across the Retallack resort whilst on the hunt for a baby friendly UK based holiday for my husband, myself and our 5 month old son. The website was great and they offered baby friendly packages, which consisted of the accommodation, alongside other activities such as baby swimming, baby sensory and a meal in the restaurant (although you had to pay extra for the babysitting service which was available). I was impressed by the packages but we decided against buying into this as we didn’t want to utilise all of the activies (we weren’t ready to leave our son with strangers!).  So we just booked a baby friendly lodge.

The lodge itself was over two levels and was considered baby friendly as the following equipment was provided: a highchair, a baby bath, a travel cot, a small steriliser and a potty. Whilst these were all useful, we didn’t use any of the equipment, mainly down to our newness to parenthood (we wanted to use our own mattress and travel cot etc). However, we would have used the baby bath but this had been placed under the boiler and was filthy. Thankfully, this did not reflect the rest of the lodge, which was on the whole very clean.; again, because of being new parents this was very important to us. The floorboards downstairs in the lodge were very creaky and made a whole load of noise…not so good when your baby’s just going off to sleep. We had a lodge with a hot tub which was lovely to use on an evening when the baby was asleep. On the whole, the lodge provided us with a great space and base for the holiday.

However, we couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed with the resort itself after viewing it on the website. The website suggested that it was much bigger with ‘baby friendly walks’, we struggled to find these walks. There were not many tarmac footpaths, nor many paths at all, thus making it difficult to maneuver with a pram.

On the other hand, the facilities were good, we used the pool a few times and the changing rooms were very baby friendly. There were baby change facilities in both male and female changing rooms, as well as a small family changing room. A nice touch was that the floor of the pool and the few steps going into the pool were padded. The changing rooms were always clean and there was also a Bumbo chair and a playpen for babies, in the female changing rooms .

There was a restaurant with adjacent lounge which was very child friendly, we had lunch with a friend and her 2 and a half year old and there were toys and plenty of space for small children to play. Other facilities for children include a small soft play area and an outdoor playground for older children. All of these areas were accessible with pushchairs, but we usually just carried our son as the lodge was close to all of the facilities.

The resort also runs baby sensory classes for local people, which people staying at the resort can take part in. We took advantage of this and we all loved it, it was great to do a class like this as a family, rather than just me and our son. There was a charge of £3.00 for the class but this was a bargain.

I also took the opportunity to use the spa and had a massage and my husband used the gym. The massage was lovely, but the gym is limited with respect to equipment.

From a baby friendly perspective, the resort was good, but we were expecting a little more from a 5 star resort. We had hoped there would be much more with respect to baby friendly walks and some of the touches to the lodge could have been better, for example the balcony was covered in spider’s webs…but overall a decent base with some good facilities for our first family holiday.

Jackie

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