Autumn is a fantastic time of year in the Forest of Bowland and this year's Festival Bowland events programme has a great opportunity for countryside lovers who relish getting outside, but who might have restricted mobility.
On Thursday 7th October the Forest of Bowland AONB will be running a series of Tramper taster sessions along the Birch Hills Trail at Gisburn Forest & Stocks near Slaidburn.
Trampers are specially designed, all-terrain, four-wheel drive electric buggies, which can be used on country tracks, mud and grass. Trampers can help people who have difficulty walking, or who may be disabled, to experience the countryside and to accompany friends and family on suitable routes.
The Birch Hills Trail is a stile-free, mile and a half long woodland route in lovely surroundings – and with lots of history to discover. There are several benches and picnic tables along the way, allowing plenty of opportunity to stop and take in the sights and sounds of the forest. In addition, the trail has been designed to be of special assistance to people living with dementia and is well waymarked with a "forget-me-not" symbol. A booklet highlighting wildlife and heritage interest along the walk is also available.
Sessions are available at 10am and 1:30pm and will last around one hour. Toilets and café are located approximately 1 ¾ miles away at Gisburn Forest Hub.
Early booking is recommended as Tramper numbers are limited. Accompanying family and friends are welcome. The event is free but donations towards the upkeep of the Trampers are welcome via https://www.championbowland.org.uk/index.php/donate
For more information, and to book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org