Yesterday, I reached the A286, just south of Cocking, in my Winchester to Beachy Head wheelchair access trip. I completed the A286-Buriton Farm-A286 section in under 4 hours, in driving drizzle mixed with rain and mist. Not many people, not much of a view, minimal insect life, and a riot of plants that I can’t identify.
John Craven reported “On the royal edition of Countryfile, guest-edited by Prince Charles, the Paralympian star Hannah Cockcroft showed me that even on a country park track designed with wheelchairs in mind there are snags such as steps, boggy spots and fences hiding the view. ‘Hurricane Hannah’, who won two gold medals in her racing chair at London 2012, told me: “We have to accept that some areas are simply out of bounds if you’re disabled and no one wants the countryside to be concreted over with paths. But many places could do better.””
The great and the good have spoken. John Craven, BBC Countryfile guru, Prince Charles, who in one well cut suit defines the great and the good, and Hannah Cockcroft whose accomplishments are genuine, and awesome, are all wrong.
The Countryside between Winchester and the A286 has not been modified in any way at all. Not a molecule of concrete ahs been added, and I can take anyone in any wheelchair, from Winchester to Beachy Head. That is the point. The choice is with people with disabilities now, not with the great and the good.
Karl Marx said the point is not ot understand the world, but to change it. John Craven, Countryfile, Prionce Charles and Hannah Cockcroft all think they understand the world, but they are wrong. I have changed it. Now anyone can enjoy the countryside, anywhere, in any wheelchair. That is WHY.