MOUNTAIN MAMA IN LES ANGLES
Some of you may remember that last year my rather beautiful dog Lilli pulled me down the stairs and I broke my leg in three places. Stupid I know because I didn’t let go of the lead.
If there is anyone out there who has done a similar thing and has suddenly become unable to walk, get around and do everyday things? You become very aware of how difficult it must be for people who are permanently disabled don’t you?.
Kerbs, steps and a thousand things are out there as your own personal minefield. You 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.
This is just a small place I have found on the roadside on the road leading into Les Angles believe it or not.
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. 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.
OK the place isn’t huge but it is beautiful. The lake, wild flowers – such a magic place to go for a picnic.
Anyone who has friends and visitors with mobility problems, this summer and for summers to come and feels that the mountains are not for them, think again. This place is a little spot of heaven made easy to access.
Happy picnicking folks
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.
Contact Mike & Jenny Rhodes on 04 68 04 37 28 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to visit Les Angles, Jenny and Mike offer comfortable accomodation in their delightful barn conversion apartments on the edge of the old village of Les Angles.