Pathways open up Purbeck countryside to disabled ramblers

Dorset Echo: ACCESS: Disabled ramblers can head into the countryside ACCESS: Disabled ramblers can head into the countryside

DISABLED ramblers will be able to enjoy the stunning Purbeck scenery thanks to an initiative to open up the countryside for everyone.

National Trust rangers have been working with members of the Disabled Ramblers group, to identify routes suitable for electric mobility scooters.

They have been scouting pathways around Studland in a bid to ensure class three mobility scooters – which can be used off-road – can traverse the routes.

Aside from Studland, the project has been looking at utilising the recently-renovated Priest’s Way path, linking Langton Matravers to Swanage, and land at Middlebere Heath.

Disabled Ramblers secretary Valerie Rawlings said: “If I didn’t have my scooter and the paths weren’t improved and accessible we wouldn’t be able to see half of what we do see.

“As a disabled rambler, this sort of facility is so important because it means we can get out into the countryside and access the wonderful views, the fresh air and wildlife.”

For more information about accessible routes in Purbeck, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/purbeck or email purbeck@nationaltrust.org.uk

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