Hiking with a Disability

A disability does not have to hold you back from the things you love or want to try. There is a large world to explore and experience, and a disability should not be a reason to stay home.  


Yes, having a disability may make some experiences a little more complicated to enjoy, but it will not make it impossible. Enjoying the great outdoors should be a pleasure that everyone can experience 


Hiking is a great way to get exercise, be in the outdoors, and experience nature. You can hike through the woods, at the beach, or to visit a monument or other local landmark. Rugged terrain is no longer a boundary with the new all-terrain wheelchairs that are available. For those who walk but use other aids, there are still ways that you can go out and enjoy a hike.  


Planning Is Everything  


If you have a disability and want to go for a hike, the best thing that you can do is plan for the event. There are several things that you can do to make the experience more enjoyable.  

• Use Google Earth. One of the best ways to be prepared is to know the terrain that you are going to face on your hike. This will help you decide on shoes and type of aids you may need.  

• Use A Guide. If you can, hire a guide for the hike. This is especially helpful when you first begin hiking with a disability. A guide has knowledge of the terrain and shortcuts if necessary.  

• Bring A Backup. If you find that the hike you started has become too difficult, you need a break, or you encountered unexpected terrain, having a backup activity is a great way to spend some downtime. Bring a camera, a book, or something similar for some quality resting time.  

• Bring the Right Equipment. There are many different walking aids available for heavy or difficult terrain or to assist on longer treks. Having the right equipment can help you successfully make the hike. 


With some preparation, hiking is an activity in which disabled people can take part.  There’s a big world out there waiting to be explored.  Go for it! 


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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).