A community partnership has increased the number of all-terrain mobility scooters countryside visitors can hire.
The Morecambe Bay Partnership has brought in specialist off-road Tramper mobility scooters which it hires out at two sites in South Lakeland.
It opened new scooter routes last week in a ceremony attended by former government minister and Penrith and the Border MP, David Maclean, Lord Blencathra, deputy chair of Natural England.
One in 10 people lack the strength or mobility to walk far, according to the partnership. Its new ‘More to Explore’ initiative aims to open up the countryside to many more people.
Lord Blencathra, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, and champion for disabled access to the countryside, said: “This is a great example of partnership working to ensure that our countryside can rightfully be enjoyed by everyone.
“Improved access will help to connect more people with their natural environment, giving them a chance to enjoy our countryside.
Susannah Bleakley, chief executive at Morecambe Bay Partnership, said: “There’s plenty of evidence that being outdoors gives us a boost, improving our social lives as well as physical and mental health.
This project offers Trampers to hire on a give-what-you-can basis from two locations in South Lakeland.
Miss Bleakley added: “We are very keen to expand this in future. There are thousands of people in South Lakeland and around the Bay who cannot easily explore the countryside and enjoy the uplifting views and landscape of Morecambe Bay.”
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