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Fibromyalgia changes our lives dramatically. The physically active find that they are no longer able to participate in activities they love. Even those among us who are academic who love to visit museums and art galleries find they are unable to cope. A visit to the theatre can be daunting. Younger members with young families find it too hard to keep up on visits to the park.
A lot of parks throughout the country are now investing in off road mobility scooters at their sites to help anyone with a disability enjoy being able to get outdoors. I have spoke to a number of these sites and they all report the dramatic change it has bought to peoples lives. The scooters they are investing in are called Trampers.
Deborah Aydinli and I, Janet Hall went to Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire to trial 2 Trampers. We prearranged our visit, booking the trampers. We both had a marvellous time, we felt like kids again because we were given our freedom.
We thought it would be helpful to members to know of accessible sites, so we are complying details for our members. If you have had a good day out, which has been helped by the availability of a wheelchair, not excessive walking, plenty of places to sit and rest please let us know about your experience, for us to include in our accessible places.

Accessible Places
Tramper Sites
Leicestershire
Bradgate Park, Newtown Lynford LE6 0HB 1 Tramper
Booking needed contact Estate Office 01162362713
The Outwoods LE11 3YG
Booking through the Ranger 07890999176 2 Trampers

Derbyshire
Derbyshire County Council has trampers for hire at a number of sites. It is
necessary to provide 2 forms of identification such as passport, driving
licence or blue badge plus a recent utility bill.
You can pay by the hour or choose to become a registered user which is
£25 for the year. A registered user can use all the sites.
Elvaston Castle Country Park – 01629 533870
High Peak Junction Visitors Centre – 01629 533298
Middleton Top Countryside Centre – 01629 533298
Shipley Country Park – 01629 533991
Tapton Lock Visitor Centre – 01629 533020
Cresswell Crags Visitors Centre – 01909 720 378
National Trust
Calke Abbey – 01332 863822

Nottinghamshire
National Trust – Clumber Park – 01909 476592
Rufford Abbey Country Park
Ollerton NG22 9DF – 01623 821338
( The motability scooters for hire are not Trampers but are suitable for the
park)

Lincolnshire
National Trust – Belton House nr Grantham – 01476566116