National Trust opens up routes so disabled ramblers can enjoy stunning scenery of Purbeck

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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’ve 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 Swan-age, 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 the website nationaltrust.org.uk/purbeck or email purbeck@nationaltrust.org.uk

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3:09pm Wed 21 May 14

Access Dorset says...

Brilliant initiative! We will promote this to our members.
Brilliant initiative! We will promote this to our members. Access Dorset
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3:41pm Wed 21 May 14

Access Dorset says...

Brilliant initiative. We will promote this to our disabled members. Well done Dorset Ramblers and NT
Brilliant initiative. We will promote this to our disabled members. Well done Dorset Ramblers and NT Access Dorset
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6:03pm Wed 21 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Nice. I hope those who take part in this become NT members. It deserves the support they are giving them.

Is Access Dorset a member?
Nice. I hope those who take part in this become NT members. It deserves the support they are giving them. Is Access Dorset a member? Yankee1
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