In the Forest of Bowland AONB we want to enable access to the countryside for everyone; access for people with wheelchairs, pushchairs, limited mobility, or simply for those whose legs aren't as young as they used to be. All the family can now experience the unspoiled beauty of the area along trails with fantastic views, wildlife rich hedgerows and through tranquil woodlands and parklands.
Follow this link for a location map and a series of Tramper Trails to download. The Tramper Trails have been graded using the Disabled Ramblers 1 to 5 categories. These vary in distance and terrain, providing a range of experiences to suit those seeking a simple ride to those looking for something more challenging.
Trampers - the Tramper is a specially designed four-wheel drive all-terrain electric buggy, which can be used off road and even on rough ground, mud and grass. It enables people who have difficulty walking, who are less able or who may be disabled to experience the countryside; and to accompany friends and family when out walking.
It is strongly advised that you refer to the page on walking safely before undertaking a ramble. This page highlights safety information and the Countryside Code and also provides further information about sustainable tourism and how you can make your contribution towards keeping the Forest of Bowland special!
There are a few Trampers available for hire at Country Parks as well as 2 Trampers in the Wyre area of Bowland.
When you use a Tramper for the first time you will be given an induction in how to use the vehicle.
Although there is no set charge for hiring a Tramper, a donation is requested for the maintenance and upkeep of the vehicles.
You can download a copy of the informatation about hiring Trampers or see the information below:
Hiring a Tramper at a Country Park
Trampers are available for hire at Beacon Fell, Wyre Estuary, Stannah and at Witton Country Park in Blackburn. At these areas you also need to book ahead. To book a Tramper telephone:
- Beacon Fell Country Park, 01995 640557
- Wyre Estuary Country Park, 01253 863100/887220
- Witton Country Park, Blackburn, 01254 54855
Trampers are also available to hire from Ribble Valley Shopmobility, Clitheroe Tel: 01200 425028 www.ribblevalleyshopmobility.co.uk
Beacon Fell Trampers
Trampers are available to hire at Beacon Fell Country Park but must be booked by phoning the visitors centre on 01995 640557. Trampers are typically available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Booking is essential as this service is managed by volunteers.
The Wyresdale Wheels Trampers
The Wyresdale Wheels Tramper can be hired by contacting the Visit Garstang Centre on 01995 602125 - - users are asked to make a donation for use of this Tramper.
Champion Bowland Tramper
The Tramper at Gisburn Forest can be booked in advance by contacting the Hub café on 01200 446387 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the easy access trail here - 'Birch Hills Trail', and if you have a smartphone be sure to download the Viewranger version before visiting.
Bowland Wild Boar Park Tramper
A Tramper available to access the various trails at the Wild Boar Park. Entry fees apply. Telephone 01995 61554. It is advisable to book beforehand.
For further information visit: www.wildboarpark.co.uk/disabled-access/
Cobble Hey Farm & Gardens
Tramper available on-site and for use on the trail around the farm. Entry fees apply. Telephone 01995 602643.