Mobility problems need not be a barrier to enjoying Bowland.
That was the message from Festival Bowland when it arranged special events to improve access to a prime area of the Bowland AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
John Alpe from New Laund Farm above Whitewell works with Lancashire’s Countryside Service to offer a series of summer Tramper treks over some of the most picturesque land in the Hodder valley.
Trampers are an all-terrain electric scooter which can tackle uneven ground, fields and mud, allowing less mobile people to get out and savour the local scenery.
Ten keen participants climbed on board Trampers as part of the Festival Bowland annual programme of events. Accompanied by walking companions, the groups, split over two days, took a guided tour of the farm and its outlying fields.
The specially chosen route provided views of the surrounding fells, including Parlick to the west and Longridge to the south, with Pen-y-Gent just visible to the north.
Bowland AONB spokeswoman Sandra Silk said:”It was also an opportunity to learn about the ongoing conservation work, which encourages heather regeneration, wading birds and species-rich grassland.”
Details of how to book Trampers in and around the area can be found on the Forest of Bowland website at www.forestofbowland.com