All terrain Tramper now available at Woolacombe
An all-terrain mobility scooter that can go ‘off road’ is opening up the coast and countryside around Woolacombe to people who have difficulty walking.
We have teamed up with the Woolacombe & Mortehoe Tourist Information Centre and Countryside Mobility to make an all-terrain mobility scooter (or 'Tramper') available to hire Woolacombe.
The Tramper is now available to hire from the Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre, where people can currently enjoy a route through the sand dunes or use it to gain limited access to the beach. The hire facility becomes the latest of nearly 40 outdoor sites in the award-winning Countryside Mobility scheme which helps those with limited mobility to access the countryside and is operated by the charity, Living Options Devon.
Jemma Lowin, National Trust Ranger said:
“The dunes are a fascinating riot of colour and wildlife throughout the year, so we hope tramper users will enjoy the chance to get out and explore with their families and loved ones. We’ve already seen the difference Trampers have made at other sites in North Devon and we’re delighted to bring this opportunity to Woolacombe. We are hoping to open up a third route in Combesgate Valley in time for Spring 2017. We are always working to make our properties accessible to all, but the sand dunes, hills and beaches that make up North Devon have always been a challenge for anyone who has difficulty walking so we are hoping that this will really make a different to people’s enjoyment of this stunning area. ”
" Many people have found that Trampers have given them back their freedom, enabling them to enjoy time outdoors alone, with their partner or on a family outing. Those who discover Trampers love them and are always for looking for new places to explore."
The Trampers can go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, through shallow puddles, mud and soft ground and are for use by anyone who struggles with walking whether through age, or a permanent or temporary condition. With a top speed of four miles an hour they can keep pace with the briskest walking companion.
On arrival at Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre those wishing to use the Tramper become members of Countryside Mobility, which costs £10.00 per year or £2.50 for 2 week ‘Taster Membership’. Training is provided on how to use a Tramper lasting approximately 10 minutes. As a member they are then able use a Tramper at any of the 36 sites around the South West.
Booking is strongly recommended in advance via Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre. Call 01271 870553 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five years ago the National Trust teamed up with Countryside Mobility to introduce two Tramper routes to Heddon Valley, Exmoor. This has made the stunning valley and carriageway towards Woody Bay much more accessible to those with limited mobility. There are now two Trampers available to hire from Heddon Valley, and their popularity continues to grow.
Details about Countryside Mobility and a list of the other Tramper locations can be found on the website www.countrysidemobility.org or by calling 01392 459222. You can also find out more by following them on Twitter @CMSouthWest or Facebook CountrysideMobility.