Fife man launches accessible walks blog for people with mobility issues
A man from Thornton with a degenerative neurological condition has created a blog where he documents accessible walks throughout Fife for people with mobility issues.
Connor Beveridge (26), who uses a wheelchair, first started his blog last year as a way of documenting his walks, and keeping people with similar issues informed about accessible walks.
He was 17 when he had to start using a walking frame to get around, and by the time he was 20 he was in a wheelchair.
Connor said: “Growing up I was fit and healthy, I was always playing football and had no issues with my health.
"My condition means that I can’t use my muscles properly, and it affects my balance and coordination as well as making my speech slurred.
"It certainly isn’t easy for me as, even though my condition is physical and degenerative, it has also had a big impact on my mental health.
"That aspect almost surpasses my physical disability – it is really tough.
"Getting out and about for walks helps me greatly - it gives me plenty of space and the fresh air is great for my mental health.”
Connor hopes that his blog will help many other people – not just those with mobility issues – as he outlines the most accessible areas, and the facilities they have from car parks to public loos.
And he has plans to roam further than the Kingdom.
"Parents with prams, and people with anxiety can make use of the blog as well as I note where suitable toilets are located and what sort of state the car parks are in.
“When lockdown restrictions are eased I’m planning on going further afield other than just walks in Fife.”
Connor also wants to connect with someone else in Scotland in a similar situation to catalogue and blog a wider range of accessible walks across the country as some may not be suitable for certain people.
"I’m hoping people will get in touch to share any accessible walks where they are from,” he added. I’m very determined, and very passionate about what I’m doing.”