Have Tramper, will travel

Right to roam: Stepping Out co-ordinator Dominic Cooper (right) with Shopmobility's Simon O'Rourke testing out one of the Trampers.

Right to roam: Stepping Out co-ordinator Dominic Cooper (right) with Shopmobility's Simon O'Rourke testing out one of the Trampers.

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SOME of Ribble Valley’s most dramatic and rugged countryside will now be accessible to residents with limited mobility thanks to a collaboration between Ribble Valley Borough Council and disability action group Shopmobility.

Residents with limited mobility will be able to participate in a series of treks devised by the council’s health development team thanks to three all-terrain electric buggies, or Trampers, purchased by Shopmobility with £9,000 of Lottery cash.

The four-mile treks will take in dramatic countryside and moorland tracks previously inaccessible to people with limited mobility or wheelchair-users. They are part of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s award-winning Stepping Out scheme which encourages people who might not otherwise be active to enjoy the benefits of walking.

Stepping Out co-ordinator Dominic Cooper said: “This is a fantastic development for the Stepping Out scheme, which has enjoyed huge success over the years and will now enable residents with limited mobility to take part in some of our most popular treks.”

Shopmobility’s Simon O’Rourke added:“”We are delighted that residents with limited mobility will now be able to experience some of Ribble Valley’s most beautiful countryside alongside regular walkers.

“We are grateful to the Lottery, Ribble Valley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, for enabling us to purchase the trampers.””

The trampers are available from Shopmobility, in Lowergate, Clitheroe, and will be delivered to the start of the walks in exchange for a donation.

Forthcoming treks will include Dunsop Bridge on April 18th, Hurst Green on June 17th and Gisburn Forest on June 27th.

For further information and to book in advance please contact Simon O’Rourke at Shopmobility on 01200 425028.