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Borrow a mobility scooter to explore the garden and estate

Tramper mobility scooter at Sizergh, Cumbria, under the cherry blossom in the small orchard
Try out our mobility scooter whilst you're visiting the gardens | © National Trust Images/Lucy Tickle

If you find walking difficult but want to get out into Sizergh’s garden, or the Holeslack trail, unassisted, there’s a new mobility scooter (or Tramper) available to hire from our Visitor Reception building.

What is a Tramper?

A Tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter designed to cover rough ground and grass safely. It can go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, through shallow puddles and across mud and soft ground.

Who can use it?

The Tramper can be used by anyone with reduced mobility. The scooter is easy to use (so don’t worry if you’ve never used a mobility scooter before) and allows users to see all parts of the garden.

How do I book?

You can book the Tramper for yourself or for a relative. The scheme is now operated in conjunction with Outdoor Mobility so please note that the hire process has changed. To borrow the Tramper, visitors need to sign up online, choose a membership and book the through the Outdoor Mobility website.

Once you've booked, please bring your booking details to Visitor Reception 10 minutes before your slot is due to start.

Each slot entitles you to two and a half hours but you can return the scooter before then. Choose between either 10.30am–1pm and 1.30–4pm (subject to availability).

At the moment, the scooter is for the gardens only but a new path is currently being developed out on the estate which will be Tramper friendly.

Are Trampers easy to use?

If you’re new to using a scooter (i.e. if you haven’t booked through Outdoor mobility before or used one of their scooters at other locations) you will receive full training before you set off. Once you’ve had the training, you’ll receive a member card, so that you don’t have to be trained again (but we are happy to offer refresher sessions). Everyone with a booking will receive orientation to Sizergh highlighting relevant information, hazards and amenities etc.

Hire is free once you’re an Outdoor Mobility member. Membership is purely to cover Outdoor Mobility’s insurance costs. National Trust takes no income from the hire.

Aerial view of Sizergh, its gardens and estate. The house is a grey stone building, and its set amongst green parkland and gardens. At the front of the house is a large pond.

Access at Sizergh | Lake District 

We want to make sure that Sizergh is accessible for all visitors. The historic house, gardens and estate we care for present challenges in creating access for all, but we are taking steps to ensure that as many people as possible are able to experience Sizergh’s history and beauty. Here you’ll find information about access across the different areas of Sizergh and how to make the most of your visit.

Man sitting on a Tramper on the Holeslack accessible trail, looking up at a tree. The sky is blue and the hedges either side of the trail are green.

Holeslack Accessible Trail 

Take this accessible circular route for a flavour of the Sizergh estate, from ancient woodlands and traditional Westmorland orchards to historic farm buildings and parklands.

DistanceMiles: 1.2 (km: 1.92)