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Female Tramper at Symonds Yat viewpoint

Visitors with permanent or temporary limited mobility can hire one of two ‘Walking with Wheels’  trampers through the Countryside Mobility Scheme, that is supported by Forest Voluntary Action Forum and part-funded by Foresters’ Forest National Lottery Heritage funded programme.

Two women on trampers exploring the forest on a sunny day

Visitors with permanent or temporary limited mobility can hire one of our Trampers through the Countryside Mobility Scheme. You do not have to be registered disabled to hire a Tramper.

Visitor with Tramper and Dog

Visitors with limited mobility (short or long-term, for any reason) can hire our Tramper through the Countryside Mobility Scheme. You do not have to be registered disabled to hire a Tramper.

Trampers at Bedgebury

If you have limited mobility and would like to explore Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest come and use our free off road mobility scooter (tramper).

You can explore both the National Pinetum and Forest with the tramper. To avoid disappointment please book at least 2 weeks ahead by calling the visitor centre.

Bedgebury National Pinetum

Whinlatter Forest Tramper Hire with a view
Easy access trails

We are delighted to have two Trampers – the all-terrain mobility scooter available to hire.

You can follow an amazing forest trail with spectacular views of the forest and fells beyond.

Family with a tramper in the forest
Easy access trails

We are delighted that we now have an all-terrain mobility scooter available to hire.

Tramper at Cardinham Woods
Walking trails and routes

This circular route is suitable for bicycles and Trampers, passing some of Bellever's archaeological features.

The trail joins the Lych Way for a short distance before returning to the car park.

For a shorter, easygoing walk to a beautiful picnic spot, try the Easy Access trail.

Trampers at Bedgebury

Visitors with permanent or temporary limited mobility can hire one of our three Trampers through the Countryside Mobility Scheme. You do not have to be registered disabled to hire a Tramper.

Trampers are off-road mobility scooters, which are easy to use and able to tackle a range of surfaces and gradients come rain or shine. Our Trampers are suitable for:

Birch Hills walk, Gisburn

An easy path through mixed woodland with views over Stocks Reservoir. On this trail you will pass the old vicarage garden picnic area and two wildlife hides. This trail has also been adapted to be tramper friendly.  

 

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper

A short, surfaced path leading from the car park to the East Dart riverbank, a perfect spot for scenic picnicking.

For a longer Tramper-friendly route, try the Cycle and Tramper trail.

Trampers at Bedgebury
Event
Tuesday 5 April
The walk starts at 12:30pm
Haldon Forest Park

This walk will be led by a Forestry England Ranger and a co-tutor from the DRLC.

We are excited to welcome DRLC members to Haldon where you will be instructed in the safe use of ‘tramper’ mobility vehicles followed by a walk with participants and their carers around Haldon Forest Park. Afterwards we will stop for a hot drink and a chat in the cafe.

To book please follow the link to register for free on the DRLC website.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper

Start from beside the new café and follow this mostly level trail, following a log edged, well surfaced path suitable for pushchairs.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper

An all weather surfaced trail, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  This walk takes in some of the oldest trees in the forest with seating and a picnic bench along the way and at the Dragonfly Pond.

All the play areas are found along this trail.  

View over the valley and conifer forest
Walking trails and routes

Follow this trail to discover a beautiful view point where you can see up the valley of Cardinham Water to its source on Bodmin Moor. 

This trail contains some moderate slopes. The Callywith Wood Walk is suitable for our Tramper.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper

This 1.5km easy access trail guides you through the stunning beech woodland of Birchden. There are stops along the way to view sculptures that have been installed, giving you the opportunity to learn about the local history of the area. 

Group of three people walking past a tree
Walking trails and routes

Whether you're looking for play and adventure or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we've got a trail for you.

For visitors with reduced mobility, we have three Trampers available to hire that are capable on the Discovery, Raptor and Butterfly trails.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper

Lynford Arboretum's Easy Access Trail has seating areas at regular intervals along its path so you can stop, enjoy the view and the peaceful forest. 

Along the way you'll also see 5 information panels with fascinating forestry facts.  

Family on walk at Haldon Forest Park

This is a great all-ability trail for walkers and beginner cyclists. It's also ideal for those getting into jogging. The surfaced trail has regular resting points, and is suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs, and mobility vehicles. Visitors with limited mobility can hire one of our three off-road mobility Trampers.

Family walking down path
Walking trails and routes

This trail provides the perfect opportunity to explore the wide variety of forest environments at Haldon.

Experience some of the wildlife living here by visiting the popular bird of prey viewpoint - don't forget your binoculars!

The trail is fully surfaced but be prepared for a few steep ascents and descents. This trail is suitable for our Trampers.

Picnic table within bluebells

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at our beautiful picnic area, just bring along good food and company! The main picnic area is a short walk from the car park, where there are several picnic benches. The picnic area can be reached with our Tramper.

There are also two picnic benches available on the Deviock Trail / Lidcutt Loop.

Help prevent forest fires - please do not use disposable BBQs.

Sun shining through the trees in autumn

This is a picturesque all ability route, so everyone should be able to enjoy it including those who visit with wheelchairs or pushchairs. The Lady Vale Walk is suitable for our Tramper.

The track follows the river upstream to Lady Vale Bridge, which takes its name from The Chapel of Our Lady that stood beside the river during the 12th century. There is a short, slight slope on the return stretch.

Rear view of a mobility scooter travelling along a forest track
Walking trails and routes

Follow the gentle Lady Vale Walk to the Lady Vale Bridge then strike out uphill to reach the Scots Pine Picnic Area.

Take in the views before rejoining the Lady Vale Walk to return to the car park.

This trail is suitable for our off-road mobility vehicle. Find out more about how to hire our Tramper.

Viewpoint over the forest
Walking trails and routes

We work alongside Butterfly Conservation to monitor and manage our butterfly area to provide the ideal conditions for many butterfly species.

Over 30 species have been recorded in our butterfly area, including one of Britain's rarest butterfly, the Pearl Bordered Fritillary.

This trail has varied surfaces and is steep in places. The Butterfly Trail is suitable for our Trampers.

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper

The Easy Access Trail is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and has an optional shortcut.

After passing through a young conifer plantation the trail crosses a path and enters a majestic stand of mature Scots pine. Soon, the pine are replaced with large oak trees which line the path. Hereafter your experiences will depend on whether you choose the long or the short route.

Along this path, you can find the Gruffalo sculpture. 

Easy access paths through the wood with man on tramper
Walking trails and routes

This is the longest of the walking trails in Nightingale Wood.

In summer skylarks soar and yellowhammers perch in the hedgerows. In winter the hedgerows fill with redwings and fieldfares. Of the larger animals, the most likely to see is the roe deer, although you may also be lucky to see a fox crossing the path.

From the bird hide situated on this trail you can look out over South Marston Brook, a quiet place to rest and watch the birds and animals as they come and go.

Gruffalo orienteering activity pack on the grass

Head off the beaten track with our fun, navigational challenge at Haldon Forest. Use a Gruffalo-themed orienteering map to find twelve markers hidden in the deep, dark wood.

If you're feeling competitive, choose to run, walk (or skip!) the course against the clock.

Before you begin the trail, pick up a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with a certificate and map for just £1.50. 

Family walking Forest of Dean generic
Walking trails and routes

Cardinham is famed for its walking trails, from easy routes to longer walks that include steep valley climbs and fantastic views. With four way-marked routes and miles of tracks to explore, Cardinham Woods offers a great day out.

Family laughing together on an easy access trail

Our easy access trails give everyone the opportunity to experience the benefits of getting into the forest. They have easy terrain and no physical barriers, like stiles, making them suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and other mobility aids.

Use the search button or map below to find your nearest trail.

Orienteering compass on tree
Orienteering

Explore one of the south west’s largest orienteering courses, developed in partnership with Devon Orienteering Club. Orienteering is growing in popularity as a sport suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Get started with an easy route as you build your navigational skills.

Walking boots in autumn
Walking trails and routes

Bedgebury offers scenic walking routes for all abilities, promoting healthy living for all the family. Walks include gentle strolls, self-led trails, challenging longer forest walks and trails that explore the National Collection of Conifers.

To find out more about the tree collection before you set out read About Bedgebury, the National Pinetum.

group of people walking along a forest clearing track
Walking trails and routes

This is a long loop, of moderate difficulty, leading off the Lady Vale Walk.

There is one steep section as you descend the valley side, but you will be rewarded with a well deserved rest at the small picnic area at Scots Pine.

Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo sculptures

If you venture into the deep dark wood you may bump into the Gruffalo from Julia Donaldson's fantastic story. 

Post your Gruffalo photos on our Facebook page  - we'd love to see them.