Killerton launches new off road experience

More people than ever can go off the beaten track to explore the countryside as the National Trust launches an all-terrain mobility scooter that can go ‘off road’, opening up the Killerton Estate to people with limited mobility.

The Tramper scooter has been provided through the Heritage Ability project, a scheme delivered by charity Living Options Devon and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Heritage Ability project aims to make at least 18 heritage sites across the South West more accessible to disabled and deaf people. The Trampers can go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, through shallow puddles, mud and soft ground and are for use by anyone aged 14 or over who has a permanent or temporary condition that affects their ability to walk. With a top speed of four miles an hour they can keep pace with the briskest walking companion.

Andy Bramwell, Outdoor Visitor Experience Officer at Killerton said, ‘I’ve seen first-hand at other properties what a difference it can make for people with limited mobility, so staff and volunteers here are very excited to be able to offer Tramper hire. Being able to go on a family walk without holding people up or being able to have a few quiet hours with a husband, wife, partner or friend out in the countryside can have a real positive impact. The Tramper has opened up routes at Killerton that we never thought would be possible before.’

Visitors can hire the Tramper and follow a 2.5 mile loop through the parkland, taking in wildlife and picturesque views, or they can use the Tramper to enjoy the Grade II listed garden and the chapel grounds at their own pace.

The Trampers are being delivered in conjunction with the award-winning Living Options scheme Countryside Mobility. Countryside Mobility has developed partnerships with over 45 outdoor beauty spots across South West England including many popular National Trust properties.

Neil Warren, Countryside Mobility Manager who is supporting Heritage Ability explains:
‘Trampers are for everyone who wants to enjoy the countryside but can’t due to limited mobility. You don’t have to be registered as a disabled person, or have a Blue Badge to join the scheme. Many people have found that Trampers have given them back their freedom, enabling them to enjoy time outdoors alone, with their partner or on a family outing.’

To use the Trampers, people simply choose a site and arrange their first visit.  On arrival, they join as members of Countryside Mobility which costs £10.00 per year or £2.50 for a 2 week taster allowing them access to all 46 locations. Before heading off to explore those hiring the Tramper are given an introduction to the scooter and routes available by trained staff. Normal National Trust admission charges apply.

If you’d like to book Killerton’s Tramper then please call 01392 881345 or email killerton@nationaltrust.org.uk.