Welcoming You Back - Keeping You Safe
From the outset, the Countryside Mobility initiative has aimed to provide safe access and enjoyment of the countryside.
During these exceptional times, the situation at our partner hire locations is fast moving in terms of availability. We've created a page that provides you with the latest status that we are aware of but the most up to date information is generally found on the website and social media of the partner location.
We are working with our partner hire location to implement measures that provide you with safety and assurance. As our partner hire locations are all different in terms of their size, nature and run by different organisations it will look a little different at each hire location but there are some common features that you might expect.
11 April - Update: Majority of Hire Locations Offering Tramper Hire Again
Around 1/5th of partner sites managed to remain open for local residents during the lockdown. Over recent weeks we have seen a good number of partner locations resuming and this continues in the coming week by which the point the majority will be operating - albeit often with a more restricted service than normal.
For a list of the current status at each partner location including those that are retaining Tramper hire please visit our Current Availability webpage by clicking here.
Thank you for your support and please do contine to follow Government guidance and measures in place at partner sites to keep you safe and reduce transmission.
Inside Out - Listen to our new show bringing the outdoors into your home!
Listen to Inside Out as each episode brings you a taste of the outdoors. You can listen for free online whenever is convenient to you and in each episode we'll transport you to some of the country's finest landscapes and beauty spots and give you tips on continuing to enjoy the outdoors from your home and neighbourhood. We'll meet people passionate about the great outdoors and feature one of our hire locations in each episode to give you new ideas or a deeper insight for the special places.
Episode 1 - Down by the Riverside - For our new series we head to the South West's lakes and rivers, often overlooked in favour of the better-known coastline. We visit partner site, Seaton Wetlands nature reserve, and discover that you might be surprised by what you spot while birdwatching, hear how the South West Lakes Trust is approaching the opportunities and challenges of new visitors to their beautiful locations, and accessible tourism expert, Chris Veitch (Tourism for All), shares his insights into how places to stay and visit are progressing in providing an inclusive welcome.
Episode 2 - Dipping into Nature - We find out whether watching nature on TV and listening to sounds of nature can help wellbeing, visit one of our longest partner sites, Durlston Country Park, which has recently picked up the accolade of England's most accessible tourism business, and take a chilly dip in the sea as we find out about the growing appeal of open water swimming.
Episode 1 - Stepping Out - We head to the coast, meeting Jim Gale at the iconic Lulworth Cove, meet a man who combines a love for rugby with a passion for dormice, and discover the difference Trampers make for one member of Countryside Mobility.
Episode 2 - Stretching our Legs - We discover a corner of Americana tucked away on the edge of the Cotswolds, travel east to discover how groundbreaking research is opening opportunities for discovering Suffolk's countryside and find out how the charity behind Countryside Mobility, Living Options Devon, is transforming lives.
Episode 3 - Off to the Coast - We discover the growing appeal of long distance trails, and the South West Coast Path specifically, Lizzy, shares her passion for Cornish hedgerows, and Rachel from our partner hire location, Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre, tells us why the beach there is internationally-acclaimed.
Episode 4 - Into the Woods - We visit the Forest of Dean to discover how the Forester's Forest project is helping locals and visitors discover and cherish the area, speak to Emma, who has enjoyed using the Tramper there to re-connect with the Forest and speak to Claire, a ranger at partner hire location, Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre, about how the woodland there is changing lives.
Episode 5 - The Positive Power of Being Outdoors - We travel along the south coast, hearing the latest findings on the positive impact from the Beyond Greenspace research project and taking in two inspiring examples in Dorset and the South Downs National Park, stopping off at National Trust Saltram to find out what it's like to live in a mansion.
Episode 6 - The Overnighter - We discover the progress being made to make accommodation more accessible, VisitEngland's work with partners to make the UK Europe's leading accessible tourism destination, listen to pioneers, Hoe Grange and Bespoke Hotels, visit the family friendly Haldon Forest, and get the inside stories on life as a Hotel Inspector.