Beauty spots now open to all

Joseph Bulmer

All-terrain scooters available for the less mobile

DEVON-WIDE charity Living Options Devon is celebrating the success of its Countryside Mobility scheme one year after it was first launched.

It is working to make access to the countryside easier for people with limited mobility living in and visiting the South West, helping make the region a truly accessible visitor destination.

Based on the principle of urban Shopmobility schemes, Tramper all-terrain mobility scooters and wheelchair accessible Wheelyboats are now available for hire at more than 20 countryside locations across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset with more to follow next year.

Sites in and around North Devon where the service is available, include the Grand Western Canal at Tiverton; thee Heddon Valley; RHS Garden Rosemoor at Torrington; and Roadford Lake near Okehampton.

Diana Crump, chief executive officer of Living Options Devon, said: “It’s fantastic to have so many organisations now working in partnership with us with a common aim.

“People with mobility problems have long been excluded from exploring beautiful areas of countryside and this scheme enables people to get out in the fresh air with friends and family to enjoy spectacular views and wildlife like anyone else.”

James Maben, Countryside Mobility project manager, said: “Feedback from our members has been great and with such a varied selection of sites now involved, people with limited mobility have some fantastic opportunities to get out and explore the region.

“There is something for everyone – from wild Exmoor moorland to peaceful country parks and beautiful sections of the South West Coast Path.”

For more information about the scheme and for details of all sites involved visit www.countrysidemobility.org or telephone (01392) 456522.

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