"Debbie's presentation was a true insight into the world of accessibility - certainly thought provoking and highly entertaining. She is an exceptional motivational speaker."
National Federation of WI
Debbie North is passionate about creating a countryside for all.
Since becoming a wheelchair user Debbie has campaigned tirelessly to break down barriers in all aspects of promoting accessibility for all.
She has recently been appointed Cabinet Office Disability and Access Ambassador for the countryside.
Debbie is the founder of the charity Access the Dales, which provides all-terrain wheelchairs for the Yorkshire Dales to help people living with Disability to get outdoors
Debbie lives on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. She is a member of the Local Access Forum for the YDNP and chair of the Access For All group. She is a volunteer for the National Park with the responsibility of auditing the ‘Miles Without Stile’ routes.
Her work is varied and two days are never the same.
For the past 6 years Debbie has been the expert in inclusion and diversity for all. for the The Outdoor Guide, a free online resource dedicated to enjoying the outdoors. Co-founded and fronted by television personality Julia Bradbury,
Debbie is also a Get Outside Champion with Ordnance Survey, promoting the physical and mental well-being of being outdoors. In 2020 she was nominated for 'Outdoor Personality of the Year' by TGO magazine readers.
Debbie is a presenter, motivational speaker, writer and consultant and is able to deliver tailor made training and presentations.
She is a regular contributor for the BBC Countryfile Magazine
Although Debbie specialises in walks for wheelchair users, she is able to create multi- sensory walks for people with visual and hearing impairment.
Her motto is “Making the inaccessible accessible”