Our friends at Siblyback Lake have sent us this press release; an exciting development to ensure that such a beautiful and exciting resource right on our doorstep, is now even more accessible…
AN all-terrain mobility scooter that can go ‘off road’ is opening up Siblyback Lake Country Park to people who have difficulty walking.
The ‘Tramper’ scooter has been provided by the Devon charity Living Options Devon as part of a scheme to open up nature to people with disabilities. Called Countryside Mobility South West, the project has introduced Trampers to more than 26 sites across the south west region. It’s proving extremely popular with people of all ages who want to get out and enjoy the countryside.
For Nevil Salisbury-Rood from Chard in Somerset, the Tramper has been an enormous help.
Nevil said: ‘I really enjoy wildlife photography and I visited Siblyback Lake and used the Tramper because I can’t walk very far. It allowed me to get right around the lake which is something I would never be able to do normally because of my bad leg. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Siblyback and I had a fantastic day and shot some great photos.’
Costa Hadji-Argyris, South West Lakes Trust Cornwall Area Manager, said: ‘We have been working hard over the past few years to make the lake and surrounding paths at Siblyback as accessible to as many people as possible but due to the wild nature of the site this has been challenging. The Tramper we now have based here changes all that and means people who have difficulty walking can explore much more of the Country Park when they visit.’
The scheme is now up and running, to book the Tramper please call 01579 346 522.
Trampers can go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, through shallow puddles, mud and soft ground. With a top speed of four miles an hour they can keep pace with the briskest walking companion.
They are for use by anyone aged 14 or over who has a permanent or temporary condition that affects their ability to walk.
James Maben from Countryside Mobility said: ‘Trampers are for everyone who wants to enjoy the countryside but can’t manage much walking. You do not have to be registered as a disabled person, or have a Blue Badge. Many people have found that Trampers have given them back their freedom.’