March 17th Bowland Visitors Centre
Lancashire Countryside ranger Tarja Wilson got the opportunity to try a Mountain Trike when Tim Martin brought his two amazing wheelchairs to Beacon Fell today to demonstrate what they can do. They certainly are ground breaking. Though Tim assured us there are no age limits and they have users from 10 to 70 – they do require a little practice and some physical strength; great to get the youngsters out. The gearing on the hand levers allows the user to ‘winch’ themselves over some rough and steep terrain. The alternative model has the same rugged frame and wheels but allows for the chair to be pushed by a walker. This model was designed with infrequent users in mind such as at National Trust properties or Country Parks. The rangers were there to see how they would fit in with their Tramper fleet.
Craig Grimes of Experience Community already has a group of users that meet regularly in West Yorkshire to do rambles for all abilities. Craig who also makes films has plans to build his fleet and organise rambles throughout the North of England. He is working closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park and others to get disabled people out in to the countryside. See Mountain Trike on Facebook to see some of their winter rambles.