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all terrain scootersFORTY all-terrain motor scooters will soon be available for visitors at 30 country parks and countryside sites across the south west, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme.

Living Options, Devon’s leading disability charity, will be rolling out the £424,000 Countryside Mobility project in partnership with a range of organisations including the South West Coast Path Team, the Forestry Commission, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset County Councils and the South West Lakes Trust.

The ‘Tramper’ scooters, which have extra robust tyres and sturdy balance, can be driven across rough terrain that would normally only be accessible to walkers.

People with disabilities will be able to book the mobility vehicles by the hour, in many cases for free.

Four specially designed boats, called Wheelyboats, will also be made available across the region for use on the inland waterways.

Living Options chief executive Diana Crump said: “The vehicles should be purchased and ready to use by August and we look forward to helping wheelchair users see parts of our beautiful region which would previously have been completely inaccessible to them.”

Although the list of sites has yet to be finalised, it is anticipated that the likely locations to get Trampers in the first year will be:

  • Exeter Valley Park ,  Exeter (Living Options)
  • Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Torpoint ( Cornwall Council)
  • Cockington Country Park, Torquay (Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust)
  • Stover Country Park and Local Nature Reserve (Devon County Council)
  • Berry Head Country Park, Brixham (Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust)
  • Grand Western Canal Tiverton (Devon County Council)
  • Haldon Forest Park (Forestry Commission)
  • Durlston Country Park, Swanage (Dorset Council)
  • High Moor Visitor Centre, Princetown (Dartmoor National Park Authority)
  • Churchtown Residential Activity Centre Lanivet (Vitalise Churchtown)
  • Siblyback Reservoir near Liskeard (SW Lakes Trust)
  • Roadford Lake nr Okehampton (SW Lakes Trust)
  • Tarka Trail, Barnstaple & Bideford (North Devon Coast & Countryside Trust)

www.livingoptions.org