Walking with Wheels in the Forest of Dean
Enjoy exploring the Forest of Dean along the two choices of routes as you discover nature, tranquillity and glimpses of the area's mining history.

The Forest of Dean is a recognised centre for walking and biking and is well served by trails and other surfaced access.

For people with physical disability, poor health, sensory impairment or some other inhibiting condition there may however be a need for some powered assistance, specialised interpretation or other appropriate media to enable them to enjoy the benefits that others take for granted.

This is currently difficult with limited facilities available but this Foresters Forest project provides opportunities for more people to access the Forest of Dean.

If you would like to learn more about Walking with Wheels, please call 01594 822073 or fill in our online booking form.

Walking with Wheels provide all-terrain electric wheelchairs (called trampers) for hire at just £2.50 an hour from Pedalabikeaway / Cannop Cycle Centre. Specialised guides and other support (written, pictorial or oral including the Hidden Heritage App) is also available to enable people who might otherwise be disadvantaged to enjoy the beauty and heritage of the Forest of Dean.

FVAF support and run a number of projects that involve volunteers and help to improve the well-being for those within the Forest of Dean who are disadvantaged in one way or another.

If you have an idea for a project or would like some help with your current project then please e-mail us by clicking here.

For more information on the Hidden Heritage App, please watch the short video below


Walking with Wheels FAQ

  • When is it available to hire? +

    The Tramper is available to hire 9:00 - 5:00 7 days a week until 2022 and beyond!

  • What is a 'Tramper'? +

    A Tramper is an all-terrain electric powered mobility vehicle. It has a restricted speed of up to 4mph which is ideal for accompanying walkers or young children on bikes. The full specification of the Trampers can be found here.

  • How can I book one? +

    To avoid disappointment we strongly advise that you pre-book your Tramper using the Online Booking form or by contacting FVAF on 01594 822073 between 9:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri. Outside of these times please contact 07889218926. You can also book by e-mailing help4groups@fvaf.org.uk.

    Those who have already used the Tramper before at this or any of the other Countryside Mobility sites can simply hire the Tramper on the spot at Pedalabikeaway provided it is not already booked.

  • Where do I collect it from? +

    To begin with the only hire point in the Forest of Dean will be at Pedalabikeaway / Cannop Cycle Centre. The site has disabled parking next to the hire yard and there is a disabled toilet near the cafe.

    Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre
    Cannop Valley
    Nr Coleford
    GL16 7EH

  • What routes can I use it on? +

    The Cycle Centre has direct access to the Family Cycle Trail (14.5km) and the Sculpture Trail (7km). Currently these are the only trails that the Tramper has permission to be used on, however with over 20km worth of beautiful trails to explore I'm sure you won't get bored!

    Family Cycle Trail Map - Download Here

    Sculpture Trail Map - Download Here

    There are some areas of the route that may require additional assistance and therefore we ask that all users come accompanied or request one of our volunteer guides to accompany them.

    Maps of the routes will be provided when hiring.
  • Who can use this service? +

    Walking with Wheels is open to anyone over 14 years of age and weighing under 25 stone who has difficulty walking because of temporary or permanent mobility difficulties. All of our guides also undertake hearing and visual impairment training to help support those who need additional support in this area.

  • How many Trampers do you have? +

    For 2017/18 we only have one Tramper available for hire at any one time, however if we feel there is adequate use we could introduce more in the future, including at different sites.

  • How much does it cost to hire a Tramper? +

    The Tramper is incredibly cheap at just £2.50 an hour. You can also request a FREE volunteer guide to accompany you along the way. For first time users there is also an annual membership fee of £10 to Countryside Mobility or £2.50 for a two week taster session.

  • Why do I have to become a member of Countryside Mobility? +

    Countryside Mobility are responsible for providing the Trampers and this is why they are offered at such an affordable rate. They also work to ensure each site that operates with a Tramper does so in a safe and easily accessible way. This membership will also enable you to use one of these Trampers at any of the many Countryside Mobility sites across the South West. Please click here to view some of the other Countryside Mobility locations.

    Membership forms are available at Pedalabikeaway / Cannop Cycle Centre and full details on how to become a member and its benefits are here.

  • What if I need additional help? +

    This isn't a problem. Our staff and volunteers are trained to offer an accessible experience for all. All we require is that the user is able to seat themselves on the vehicle and operate the very basic controls in a safe manner.

    If you would like additional help throughout the journey then you can request for one of our FREE volunteer guides to accompany you.

  • I've never used one of these before +

    Not to worry! They are very simple and safe to operate and each user will be given a full induction to ensure they feel safe and comfortable to tackle our amazing trails.

  • What if I need to cancel a booking +

    We ask that you give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation so that we can hire the Tramper out to another user.

    To cancel please contact FVAF on 01594 822073 between 9:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri. Outside of these times please contact 07889218926 or e-mail help4groups@fvaf.org.uk.

  • Can I help with this project? +

    Walking with Wheels rely on volunteers to give users the best possible experience. If you are interested in accompanying someone on one of the routes or would like to help in another way then please call 01594 822073 or e-mail help4groups@fvaf.org.uk. Full training and support will be provided.

  • I would like one of these at my site +

    If you would like one of these Trampers based on your own site and in doing so enjoy the added footfall and interest that they bring then please call 01594 822073 or e-mail help4groups@fvaf.org.uk.

Are you interested in Walking with Wheels?
If you would like to find out more about the Walking with Wheels service and book a time to try out a Tramper, just click the button below, fill out the online booking form and someone will be back with you shortly.

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