Borrow a Tramper at Malham Tarn
Malham Tarn is the perfect place to explore for people of all abilities; if you find walking difficult, we have a Tramper available for you to borrow.
What is a Tramper?
A Tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter specially designed to cover rough ground and grass safely. It's able to go up and down slopes, over bumps, through mud and shallow puddles, enabling people who have difficulty walking to enjoy the countryside with friends and family.
Who can use it?
The Tramper can be used by anyone with reduced mobility, as long as they are able to use the handlebar steering and hand controls. The scooter is easy to use, and we’ll give you a full induction, so don’t worry if you’ve never used one before. With a top speed of four miles an hour you will easily keep up with your walking companions.
Where can I go with the Tramper?
We have a specific route that takes you on a track from the estate office, through woodland, past Tarn House and along the shore of Malham Tarn. From here there is a short section off-road before you come back round to the estate office on the road. This walk is approximately 4.5 miles long and you will be given a map and directions to take with you. You also have the option of doing a shorter linear route to the shore of the Tarn and back (approx. 2 miles).
How do I book the Tramper?
We have one Tramper which is available to book Mondays – Fridays between 10am – 2pm and some Saturdays (29 July, 5, 12, 19, 26 August) during the summer holidays.
Booking is essential. We recommend you book well in advance, ideally a minimum of two days before your planned visit. This is because the Tramper is popular, and a trained member of staff must be present on the day of hire.
You can email the team at email@example.com or phone the estate office on 01729 830416 to make a booking.
We might occasionally have to cancel a Tramper booking due to severe weather conditions or factors out of our control; if this happens we will try to contact you as soon as possible.
Please do contact us to cancel if you change your mind so that someone else can use the Tramper instead.
There is no charge for use of the Tramper.
- You must be accompanied by a companion when out on the Tramper.
- All users of the Tramper must be aged 14 or older.
- The weight limit for the Tramper is 21 stone.
- You must stay on the designated Tramper route.
- Please remember to bring glasses with you if you normally need to wear them for driving. There will be an eyesight test as part of your induction - you will need to be able to read a number plate at an approximate distance of 12 metres (40 feet).
Using the Tramper
On arrival, you’ll be introduced to the Tramper controls by a trained member of staff and given the opportunity to practise. That way you'll feel confident that you can safely control the Tramper before setting off. We will assess your ability to drive the vehicle in this terrain. Unfortunately, if we do not feel that you are able to drive the route safely, you will not be able to borrow the Tramper.
Bring your own Tramper?
You're welcome to bring your own all-terrain mobility scooter to Malham Tarn. The circular Tramper route is available to download.
Tramper hire in Malham village
There is also a mobility scooter available to borrow in Malham village (not National Trust). The Lister Arms have a Breeze 4 Mobility scooter. This all-terrain vehicle makes it possible for people with mobility difficulties to access the beautiful walks to Gordale Scar and Malham Cove. For more information, please visit Access the Dales.
Thank you to our supporters
We bought the Tramper largely thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic fundraiser, Debbie North. Debbie’s fundraising was also supported by a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) supports schemes that promote a more sustainable way of living in, working in and visiting the National Park, while conserving and enhancing its local culture, wildlife, landscape and communities.
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