Published: 10 August 2017
An all-terrain mobility scooter that can go 'off road' is opening up Cockington Country Park, in Torbay to people who have difficulty walking.
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust has taken possession of an all-terrain mobility scooter, otherwise known as ‘Tramper’, which will enable visitors with physical disabilities to access parts of the Country Park sites that would otherwise be completely off limits to them.
The tramper can go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, through shallow puddles, mud and soft ground and is for use by anyone aged 14 or over who has a permanent or temporary condition that affects their ability to walk. With a top speed of four miles an hour they can keep pace with the briskest walking companion.
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.
Neil Warren, Countryside Mobility Project Manager, explains more about the opportunities opened up: “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 the Trampers love them and are always looking for new places where that they can explore.”
Hannah Worthington, Cockington Green Heart Access Officer, said: “We are very proud to be one of 19 heritage sites across the South West working with Living Options as part of their ‘Heritage Ability’ project. This Heritage Lottery Funded project will help us to improve accessibility and inclusivity, helping as many visitors as possible to experience the fascinating one thousand years of heritage that Cockington has to offer. Being able to offer a tramper for hire is just one of the stages in helping us to achieve that goal.”
The tramper is available to hire from Cockington Visitor Centre. Those wishing to use the tramper must be members of Countryside Mobility, which costs £10.00 per year or £2.50 for a 2 week ‘Taster Membership’. Training is provided on how to use a tramper lasting approximately 10-15 minutes. As a member they are then able to use a tramper at any of the sites around the South West. The cost to hire the tramper from the Centre is £2.50 per hour, with slots being approximately 10.00am to 12:30pm and 1.00pm to 3:30pm daily. Advanced booking is advised by calling 01803 605639 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org