by Jenny Rhodes

When my beautiful dog Lilli pulled me down the stairs last year, I broke my leg in three places.

If anyone has done a similar thing and suddenly become unable to walk, and do everyday things, you will know that you become very aware of how difficult it must be for people who are permanently disabled. Kerbs, steps and a thousand things are out there as your own personal minefield.

You can become a prisoner in your own home.

Since my accident I have looked for things that make life easier and more pleasant for people with walking disabilities.

Jaca D’en Calvet in Les Angles

This is a small place I have found just on the roadside on the road leading into Les Angles. Someone has had a wonderful idea of building a wooden boardwalk round a small lake, Jaca D’en Calvet, and picnic tables for wheelchairs ,with bench seats on one side and space for the wheelchair on the other.

Jaca D’en Calvet

There are two fishing platforms, also accessible to wheelchairs.

They have actually made parking spaces wider for people to get out and access their chair. It is so brilliantly thought out.

Jaca D’en Calvet

It’s not huge but it is beautiful. The lake, wild flowers and views make it a magic place to picnic.

Jenny’s husband, Mike,  is a qualified International Mountain Leader/Accompagnateur en Montagne and is one of the most experienced leaders in France, having walked and climbed in the Alps & Pyrénées for over 40 years.

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Jenny and Mike also offer comfortable accommodation in their delightful barn conversion apartments on the edge of the old village of Les Angles.

Contact Mike & Jenny Rhodes on 04 68 04 37 28 or email: mike.rhodes@free.fr

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