Granite Way great for disabled access
PUBLISHED: 17:18 09 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:19 20 February 2013
The Granite Way becomes the latest location to become accessible to disabled people thanks to the Countryside Mobility scheme.
Chances for disabled people to explore some glorious Devon countryside has taken a step forward thanks to the innovative Countryside Mobility scheme.
Devon Cycle Hire at Sourton Down near Okehampton, now have a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter available to hire for use on the Granite Way enabling people with limited mobility to explore 10 miles of the off-road section of the popular cycle route.
We are really looking forward to helping more people experience this wonderful part of the region
Catherine Goff, from Devon Cycle Hire said: We are really pleased to be involved in the scheme and we are really looking forward to helping more people experience this wonderful part of the region.
The scheme, based on the principle of the town centre Shopmobility initiative, is run by Devon wide charity Living Options Devon (LOD). James Maben, Countryside Mobility Project Manager from Living Options Devon said: We are really pleased to get yet another site involved in hiring Trampers. 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 and enjoy the spectacular views like anyone else.
The Countryside Mobility South West scheme has been supported with a grant from Natural England as part of its Access to Nature programme, funded from the Big Lottery Funds Changing Spaces programme. The scheme at the Granite Way is being supported with additional funding from Devon County Council.
The Tramper can be hired for 2.50 an hour, which must be booked in advance. Please contact Devon Cycle Hire on 01837 861141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To hire the Tramper people need to join the Countryside Mobility South West membership scheme [8.50 per year or 2.50 for 4 weeks] which covers users for all Tramper sites in the South West, to ensure people receive proper training in how to use them safely. Full details about the scheme, the sites, and how to become a member can be found at www.countrysidemobility.org or call 01392 456522.