Park’s mobility solution opens dramatic Dorset path to all
PEOPLE with impaired movement now have easier access the dramatic coastal path along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, thanks to a new initiative by a local holiday park.
Highlands End Holiday Park in Bridport is this year offering an all-terrain mobility scooter to any guest who would prefer to be out-and-about with power assistance.
The hire fee for the scooter is subsidised, allowing users to pay just £2.50 for an hour’s worth of exploration along five miles of specially constructed pathway.
The British-made Tramper uses non-polluting electrical propulsion to let people broaden their horizons in parts of the countryside usually limited to walkers or cyclists.
Highlands End director Martin Cox said that mobility-impaired park guests could now enjoy spectacular paths and beaches which were formerly no-go areas to them:
“The timing couldn’t be better because a new scooter-friendly route has recently been opened which runs by our park, created by the South West Coast Path Association,” he said.
“We’re also very happy for local people and other visitors to hire the scooter if they have difficulties with walking, and would enjoy the feeling of independence it brings.
“Professional training is given to ensure that users are confident in the scooter’s use, and we provide a map which shows the safety-audited route available.
“I believe that we are the first holiday park in Britain to provide the Tramper, and we are all greatly impressed with its comfort and ability to tackle off-road terrain!” added Martin.
Tramper hire is available at 50 beauty spots in the South West, and is supported by National Lottery funding through Heritage Ability and its sister-project Countryside Mobility.
By coincidence, said Martin, Highlands End was in fact the fiftieth site to receive the Tramper, and it comes as the park prepares to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary next year.
One of five Dorset parks owned by Martin’s family, Highlands End was last year crowned as the winner of the Dorset Holiday Park of the Year at the Dorset Tourism Awards.
It was again honoured in this year’s South West Tourism Awards where Martin was also named as the winner of the 2020 award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.
Highlands End provides a raft of leisure facilities and an acclaimed bar/restaurant, and staying options including luxury holiday lodges and caravans, glamping, and touring pitches.
For more information about Highlands End and other parks in the group, visit www.wdlh.co.uk