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 Countryside Mobility 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 contact us via email.
Walking with Wheels provide all-terrain electric wheelchairs (called trampers) for hire from Forest Holidays at Bracelands Campsite, Christchurch. 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.
Walking with Wheels: Frequently Asked Questions
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 hosts a Tramper does so in a safe and easily accessible way.
This membership will also enable you to use any of the Trampers at the many Countryside Mobility sites across the South West. Please visit the Countryside Mobility website for more information.
You can complete membership forms at the centre prior to 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.
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
When is it available to hire?
The Tramper is available to hire 9:00 - 5:00 7 days a week (hours may be shorter in Winter to ensure return before dusk).
What routes can I use it on?
Routes available include to Symond's Yat Rock and down to the river Wye at Symond's Yat from Forest Holidays and Cyril Hart Arboretum, Mallards Pike and parts of the Family Cycle Trail from The Speech House.
Family Cycle Trail Map - Download Here
Sculpture Trail Map - Download Here
Maps of the routes will be provided when hiring.
A Helpful Case Study
Emma is a user of our Walking with Wheels Tramper and she couldn't be happier. The Tramper lets her experience the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley in ways previously not available to her. Something she feared she...