ANSWER JEREMY ASHCROFT
Trail Magazine's mountaineering editor, Jeremy is also the author of Britain’s Highest Mountain Walks, pb Collins. He knows the UK hills better than his own reflection.
"Well, the quick answer is yes. Which ones might be most suitable will depend on a number of issues, and in many respects they are issues that have to be addressed by all mountain goers: risk, ability, commitment and companions. If your friend uses a conventional wheelchair and it is just you accompanying her, in the first instance I’d head for a ‘Miles without stiles’ route – they are all detailed online. The Lake District has a well-developed network, with Scout Scar giving a real summit experience. If your friend then gets the bug, seriously consider a specialist off-road wheelchair like a ‘mountain trike’ [see the photo, left]. There are some amazing wheelchairs being developed at the moment, and if using one of these then slightly more challenging routes up rougher tracks could be attempted. Mam Tor in the Peak District (above) and Park Crags (Grizedale Forest, Lake District) would fall into this category. After that the sky is the limit; and with friends to help if necessary, summits that have an access network or forgiving geology like Skiddaw, Black Combe or Cairn Gorm have to be doable with a bit of determination."