Welcoming everyone to Buckland Abbey
- 02 September 2023
We love to welcome everyone here at Buckland Abbey. Read on to discover how to make the most of your visit, download our access statement, and find out how to contact us with any questions you might have.
The Tramper at Buckland Abbey
What is a Tramper?
The Tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter designed specifically to cover rough ground and grass safely. It's able to go up and down slopes, over bumps, through mud, soft ground and shallow puddles.
Where can I explore?
The Tramper can be taken around the gardens and on part of the yellow walking route on Buckland's estate. Due to its size and area required to turn, it cannot be taken inside any of the buildings. You'll receive a full explanation of where to go during your briefing with the Visitor Welcome team on arrival.
How to hire the Tramper
Booking to use the Tramper is strongly advised. Please call us on 01822 853607 and ask to speak to the Visitor Welcome team, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss booking during our regular opening times. Bookings can be made more than a week in advance, but please do let us know if you change your mind.
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 able to come in free of charge.
All visitors hiring a Tramper must become a member of Countryside Mobility, if they are not already, to ensure they are covered by insurance and have demonstrated they can safety use a Tramper. You can choose either a two week taster membership (£2.50) or annual membership (£10). Once you’ve signed up for membership, you can use Trampers at 50 Countryside Mobility sites across South West England, and return to your favourite spots again and again.
Those who hold a Outdoor Mobility Scheme Membership (formerly known as Lake District Mobility) are also able to use their membership.
On the day of your booking, we'll give you a briefing of the route, a map and a short introduction to the Tramper if you are a first time user.
Please be aware that all Tramper users must be accompanised by one other person. Please be aware that mobile signal is very limited whilst exploring the estate.
Who can use the Tramper?
Anyone can use the Tramper - as long as they are able to use the handlebar steering and hand controls.
You don't have to be registered disabled or have a Blue Badge to use the Tramper.
If you're a first-time user, please read the important medical and health information, terms and conditions and introductory video.
Braille guides for the Abbey are available to borrow, free of charge, from Visitor Welcome and the main entrance door to the Abbey.
Buckland's access statement
You can download our Access Statement (PDF) here.
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Explore the abbey which is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures. Step inside the medieval Great Barn: a tithe barn unchanged since it was built centuries ago.
Mobility Tramper hire is available for use on the estate and grounds, operated in partnership with Countryside Mobility Scheme.
All-terrain Tramper hire at Cotehele, in partnership with Countryside Mobility, allows visitors to explore the garden and estate with ease. Advance booking essential.
A Tramper can be hired to access Whitelady Waterfall and the bird hide in the gorge, thanks to Countryside Mobility South West. Available again from spring 2024.