A large section of the Malvern Hills has been opened up to disabled visitors after recent improvement works to the surfacing and camber of the De Walden Drive path.
Before the improvement work, the Trampers, a type of mobility scooter the Disabled Ramblers use to explore the countryside, were not able to safely navigate the uneven surface and camber of the path.
Beck Baker, Community and Conservation Officer said: “We hope that this circular route around De Walden Drive will be used by many more people who may have previously been unable to take in the wide ranging views from here and explore this part of Malvern Hills.”
The £8,000 Trampers are manufactured by Beamer and have a 30 mile range. It is Beamer’s oldest and most sought-after all-terrain mobility scooter. It claims to be the first all-terrain mobility scooter on the market.
The Tramper features a unique chassis design that is on rubber suspension all round. It has light accurate steering with virtual centre point steering, eliminating bump steer and keeping the steering effort to a minimum.
It is designed to be very stable with a low centre of gravity and good articulation allowing users to take on slopes up to 25 degrees inclines, sideways, forward and aft.
The Tramper won the Queen’s Award for Engineering Excellence in 2009 and remains the only all-terrain mobility scooter to do so.
Image: Malvern Hills Trust