The Malvern Hills becomes the latest site to offer Tramper hire through Countryside Mobility. Providing access to the spectacular views offered by this famous ridgeway the site is the highest and most northerly in the scheme.
The Tramper is be available for hire from Café H2O at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre in Upper Colwall, Malvern from where people can enjoy the popular ridgeway route up to the Worcestershire Beacon.
Jamboree, a co-operative of adults each of whom have a learning disability which operates Café H2O, have been responsible for fund raising and bringing the initiative to the Malvern Hills. This endeavour has been assisted by a range of local partners including the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Malvern Hills Conservators, Disabled Ramblers, and Key IQ Ltd which manage the Wyche
Innovation Centre / Malvern Hills GeoCentre where the Tramper will be housed.
Kate Harding, one of the support staff to Jamboree said: “We have been amazed at how many people have supported this initiative and helped us raise the funds to make it a reality. Offering an option for those with limited mobility to hire a Tramper from Café H2O and enjoy the fresh air and amazing views en-route to the Worcestershire Beacon is something we have been excited about for over a year
now, and Team Jamboree are so pleased it is now a reality”.
Adrian Burden, Technical Director of Key IQ, adds, “As the Malvern Hills GeoCentre is situated someway up the Malvern Hills with onsite car-parking, integral café, local information, and visitor facilities, this makes for an ideal location to offer the Tramper service and we are delighted to support the initiative.”
Significant funding and support for establishing the scheme at the café has been provided through the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s Sustainable Development Fund. David Armitage, AONB Manager, said: “As an AONB, one of our aims is to increase access opportunities to all people, so we are really pleased to see the Tramper available in one of the most iconic and unspoilt landscapes in the country. We're sure it will be very well used!"
The project has also gratefully received funding from the Colwall Rotary Club, Malvern Roundtable, Westfest and numerous local benefactors who have made donations big and small at the café.
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Goodbye and thank you to Devon Cycle Hire, Okehampton
We'd like to thank Devon Cycle Hire for their support for Countryside Mobility over the last few years. The site was brought on board using time-limited local fundraising which came to an end last year. We're really grateful to Catherine and Alan for their support in offering Tramper hire and have been in discussions about finding a way of hosting a Tramper there again in future.