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.
8 January - Update: Tramper hire during current lockdown
Following the announcement of a national lockdown we have contacted all partner hire locations to establish their situation. Understandably, most have had to close or suspend all visitor facing operations but there are a small number that are retaining Tramper hire to provide residents with an opportunity for local outdoor exercise.
We would ask you to respect the safety of staff and the need for us all to stay local during the current lockdown and only use these locations if you live locally.
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
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 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.