The tramper at Lydford Gorge

Lady on tramper mobility scooter at Whitelady Waterfall

Now everybody can enjoy the spectacular sight of Whitelady Waterfall thanks to the all-terrain tramper which is available to hire.

 

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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. To cover both routes, with time to admire the views, usually takes 1-1.5 hours.

The all terrain mobility tramper
The tramper, all terrain mobility scooter
The all terrain mobility tramper

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 a permanent or temporary condition.

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.

" 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."
- Visitor comment, September 2018

How to hire the tramper

We hire the tramper out between March and October. 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 complete the paperwork and give you training on how to use the tramper, which takes around 10-15 minutes, on the day. 

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 lydfordgorge@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Heading into the gorge on the tramper
View from tramper of rock path at the gorge
Heading into the gorge on the tramper

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. This person needs to reasonably fit as there is limited mobile phone signal in the gorge - in an emergency help can be found at reception.