The tramper at Lydford Gorge

Lady on tramper mobility scooter at Whitelady Waterfall

Enjoy the spectacular sight of Whitelady Waterfall thanks to the all-terrain Tramper, which is available to hire - advance booking is essential.

What is the Tramper?

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. With a top speed of four miles an hour it can keep pace with the briskest walking companion.

At Lydford 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, allow around 2 hours.

Please note: The Tramper can be used to reach the toilets, tea-room and bird hide but cannot be taken into these due to a lack of space. There is one step on entrance to the bird hide. For more information, please read our full access statement.

 

How to hire the Tramper

We have limited availability at present, depending on staff availability, so you'll need to book the Tramper at least 3 days in advance. We can take bookings up to four weeks in advance.

  • Please phone 01822 820320 and leave a message with your name and contact number, or email lydfordgorge@nationaltrust.org.uk, to discuss a suitable date. We'll get back to you between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Normal National Trust admission charges apply, entry is free for National Trust members. If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, they are free of charge.
  • To use the Tramper you’ll need to become a member of Countryside Mobility which then gives access to Trampers at 50 other hire locations. This costs £10.00 per year or £2.50 for a two week ‘taster membership’. We will sign you up for membership on the day and give you training on how to use the Tramper, which takes around 15 minutes.  
  • On the day of your booking, we'll give you a briefing of the route and can offer existing Countryside Mobility members refresher training on the Tramper controls.
  • 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 visitor welcome.

We might occasionally have to cancel a Tramper booking due to severe weather conditions, but will try to contact you as soon as possible if this happens.

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 hand 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 the Tramper. It can simply be that your difficulties are caused by a permanent or temporary mobility or health condition. 

If you are a first-time user please read the important medical and health information, and watch the introductory video here https://www.countrysidemobility.org/conditions. Carefully check that the scheme and equipment are suitable for you - you are the best judge of your own ability.

" 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

The benefits of Countryside Mobility membership

Once you’ve signed up for membership you can use Trampers at over 50 Countryside Mobility sites across South West England, and return to your favourite spots again and again. 
Countryside Mobility

 

Using your own mobility vehicle at Lydford Gorge

If you'd like to use your own mobility vehicle to access Whitelady Waterfall please get in touch for further information. Email lydfordgorge@nationaltrust.org.uk or ring 01822 820320 and leave your name and phone number so we can get back to you.