The tramper at Lydford Gorge
Now everybody can enjoy the spectacular sight of Whitelady Waterfall thanks to the all-terrain tramper which is available to hire. It is leased to us by the not for profit organisation Countryside Mobility.
What is it?
The tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter designed specifically to cover rough ground and grass safely. It can go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, through shallow puddles, mud and soft ground.
Here at the gorge the tramper can be driven to the base of the Whitelady Waterfall and back up again, and can also be driven along the railway path to the bird hide, which has a wheelchair to help with access as the tramper cannot be taken inside. To cover both routes, with time to admire the views, usually takes 1-1.5 hours. Unfortunately due to safety reasons we only allow the hire tramper into the gorge.
Who can use it?
The tramper can be used by anyone who struggles with walking, and who can use handlebar steering and controls (a short introductory session will be given before use). You don’t have to be registered disabled or have a Blue Badge to use it; it can simply be that your difficulties are caused by age or a permanent or temporary condition.
With a top speed of four miles an hour it can keep pace with the briskest walking companion.
How to hire the tramper
To use the tramper you’ll need to become a member of Countryside Mobility. This costs £10.00 per year or £2.50 for a two week ‘taster membership’. Normal National Trust admission charges also apply. We can sign you up for membership at reception and give you training on how to use the tramper, which takes around 10-15 minutes.
We recommend that you read the medical and health information and terms and conditions of use (opens as a PDF) before getting here as this will help you to assess whether you’ll be able to use the tramper and will save you time when registering for membership.
We strongly recommend that you book the tramper more than 48 hours in advance, phone 01822 820320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s no additional charge for hiring the tramper, however a donation would be most welcome and help to ensure it remains at Lydford Gorge in the future.
We might occasionally have to cancel a tramper booking due to severe weather conditions and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible if this happens.
Please be aware that all tramper users must be accompanied by one other person. They also need to reasonably fit as there is limited mobile phone signal in the gorge, in an emergency help can be found at reception.
The benefits of Countryside Mobility membership
Once you’ve signed up for membership you can use trampers at over 40 Countryside Mobility sites across South West England, and return to your favourite spots again and again.
Visitor comment from September 2018 – ‘It's hard to put into words, but today I saw sights and smelt the woodlands for the first time in years. The tramper enabled me to do this. Thank you.’