According to our calendar it’s summer but as we write this project update the South West is being battered by high winds and rain – it’s more like October than June! Fingers crossed things will improve soon as there are now more Tramper and Wheelyboat sites than ever before involved in the scheme, all waiting to be explored!
The Harris family at Durlston Country Park
Countryside Mobility has gone from strength to strength over the last six months with 25 sites now participating in the scheme and more joining later this summer. More than 700 (seven hundred) people have now used our Trampers and Wheelyboats for over 1700 hours in total, and early indications are that 2012 is going to be our best year yet with equipment bookings and membership applications on the rise.
The Harris family sent us this great picture of the whole family at Durlston Country Park. Have you taken any photos whilst out and about on Trampers or Wheelyboats? If so, we would love to see them and with your permission we would like to use them on our website and for other promotional work. Please email photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CountrysideMobility
Winter has arrived and after a busy summer our Trampers and Wheelyboats get a bit of a rest as the weather usually keeps all but the keenest members (and us!) inside more often than out. However, don’t forget that you can still make the most of those wonderful sunny winter days as the majority of our sites are open all year round. Why not wrap up warm and spend an hour or so ‘out and about’ with friends and family then enjoy a hot drink and something to eat at some of our partner site cafés afterwards?
Wimbleball Lake, Somerset
The past summer was the first full ‘season’ in operation since the scheme opened in June 2010. Since the start, more than 500 (five hundred) people have used Trampers for over 1150 (one thousand one hundred and fifty) hours in total. This is a great start but we need to get more people and sites involved next year to ensure we continue to receive funding in the future. Please help to ‘spread the word’ by telling friends and family about the scheme.
With more than twenty countryside sites now involved, the South West is fast becoming one of the best accessible outdoor visitor destinations in the UK and with more sites joining next year, things can only get better! Continue reading
Summer is here and after a very busy spring visiting and auditing new Tramper sites, we are pleased to announce that 10 new sites have joined the scheme so far this year.
Tramper in action on the coast path
With two more sites joining in August and September, Countryside Mobility South West (CMSW) will have Trampers and Wheelyboats available for use at 19 locations across the South West by the Autumn which is fantastic news!
Since the scheme started in June 2010, over 250 people have joined the scheme and used Trampers for over 300 hours in total. At a speed of 4 miles per hour that’s 1200 miles covered! However, with only three sites hiring Trampers in Cornwall and even less in other counties, we will be doing all we can to increase the number of sites in these areas for next year. Continue reading
Mutter’s Moor, Sidmouth, Devon: Monday 25th July
2:00pm - 5:00pm (4 x 45 minute tours on the hour)
A chance for first time Tramper users to try out these all terrain mobility scooters for free as part of East Devon ‘Heath Week’.
An East Devon AONB Ranger and CMSW staff will guide Tramper users on a short route across the heathland to get close to wildlife and discover a new way to enjoy our outstanding landscapes.
The route is bumpy and uneven in places but mostly follows a level, gravel track. If you are unsure whether this trip is suitable for you, then please contact us for more details.
The car park has an uneven bumpy surface. Accessible toilets are available nearby in Sidmouth. Please bring warm clothes and waterproofs whatever the weather.
Spring has finally sprung here in the South West after a particularly cold and grey winter. It was very difficult dragging ourselves out of the warm office but access auditing and visits to lots of potential new Tramper sites kept us busy throughout the winter months. Only a couple of trips had to be re-arranged because of the snow!
We are now into ’Year 2’ of our Natural England/Big Lottery funding and all signs at this stage suggest that we should just about reach all of the targets we set out to achieve which is good news. In fact, due to the increasing number of countryside sites that are now hoping to work with us, we might need to apply much earlier than expected for funding to buy more Trampers to keep up with demand! Fingers crossed that everything continues to go according to plan! Continue reading
A Tramper Trip!
Some dates for your diary in 2011… Continue reading
We have recently had some exciting news from our funders Natural England who have agreed to extend our Big Lottery funding for an extra year until February 2013. This is really great news as it gives us more time to find new sites and will enable many more people to explore the fantastic South West countryside using our Trampers and Wheelyboats.
The extra year also gives us more time to make sure that we have plans in place to keep the project going when our Lottery funding stops in two years time. This will be one of our biggest challenges but we are already developing ideas to make sure the scheme continues well into the future.
Read on for more news from the last two months work… Continue reading
Nevil our Access Auditor admiring the view!
Thanks to financial support from the Exmoor National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund, and the enthusiasm of National Trust Rangers, a Tramper all terrain mobility scooter is now available to hire on Exmoor!
Based with the National Trust in the Heddon Valley, CMSW members can now hire a Tramper to explore sections of the stunning and rugged north Exmoor coast. Visit www.countrysidemobility.org for details.
Crickley Hill Country Park, a new site for 2011!
After the best summer for a long time, Autumn is officially here. The dry and dusty paths are now just a memory as the rain and mud returns. However do not fear, our Trampers are more than capable of tackling wet and muddy conditions and now is the time to get out to enjoy the wonderful autumn colours at any of the Countryside Mobility sites. Continue reading
Stover Country Park was the first CMSW partner site to start hiring a Tramper.
The first Countryside Mobility sites, Stover Country Park (Newton Abbot) and Durlston Country Park (Swanage), started hiring Trampers at the beginning of June.
Our first members have joined the scheme, and it has been encouraging to receive numerous enquiries and requests for more information and membership application packs. Continue reading