The Countryside Mobility scheme, which covers the whole of the south west, including Dorset, is designed to help those with limited mobility access some of the South West’s most popular attractions through all-terrain mobility scooters.
The not-for-profit initiative has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2014, alongside announcing four south west attractions as partner sites - Dartington Gardens, the Axe Estuary Wetlands, the National Trust’s Lydford Gorge in Devon and Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset.
Following their Bronze Award for ‘Access for All’ at the South West Tourism Awards in Plymouth, the Countryside Mobility scheme has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Access for All Tourism’ Award Category of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
This means they are guaranteed a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended award at the ceremony being held on 12th May at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The Visit England Awards attracted 368 applications for the 2014 Awards – an increase of 15% on 2013.
Dartington Gardens in Devon came on board as a new site this month, meaning their visitors can use one of Countryside Mobility’s all-terrain scooters to explore 25 acres of Grade 2* listed gardens.
Whilst the stunning nature reserve at the Axe Estuary Wetlands in Devon is now accessible to anyone who might find walking difficult and later this spring, Somerset’s popular Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton will join the scheme.
Lydford Gorge in Devon brings Countryside Mobility’s and the National Trust’s partnership to nine sites; the deepest gorge in the South West, Lydford Gorge is surrounded by oak woodland - one of Countryside Mobility’s all-terrain mobility scooters will soon be available to enable visitors who have difficulty walking to safely travel down and back to the bottom of the gorge.
For full details about Countryside Mobility and a list of their sites visit www.countrysidemobility.org / call 01392 459222.
You can also find out more about Countryside Mobility by following them on Twitter @CMSouthWest or Facebook CountrysideMobility.