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New Tramper Provides Access for All to Ingleborough Cave

News > New Tramper Provides Access for All to Ingleborough Cave

26/09/2017

Date of issue: 26 September 2017

An all-terrain powered wheelchair is opening up the foothills of Ingleborough, including the UK’s only fully wheelchair accessible showcave, to people who have difficulty walking.

The chair, known as a tramper, is available free of charge by pre-arrangement from the entrance to the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail in Clapham, the gateway to some of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s finest limestone scenery.

The 1.3 mile Nature Trail, part of a popular route to the summit of Ingleborough, is well known for its connections with the Farrer family, in particular the celebrated botanical artist Reginald Farrer. The picturesque route passes by a lake and winds through scenic woodland into an open dale before reaching the imposing entrance to one of the UK’s finest natural underground wonders, Ingleborough Cave.

The tramper has been funded by grants from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund and Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which is led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.

Debbie Boswell, Stories in Stone’s Discover Ingleborough Officer, said: “One of the scheme’s aims is to increase access opportunities for all visitors to the Ingleborough area, so we are really pleased to see this tramper introduced to one of the most iconic limestone landscapes in the country. We're sure it will be very well used!”

Andrew Jarman, Manager of Ingleborough Cave, said: “We have been looking for a solution to open up access for the less able through the beautiful Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail that leads to us here at Ingleborough Cave for some time. Thanks to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust this has now become a reality, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome new visitors who wouldn’t have been able to see this beautiful underground wonder in times gone by.”

Anyone interested in using the tramper needs to book it in advance. A standard wheelchair is also available for accompanied tramper users wishing to join a guided tour of the Cave. For further information or to make a reservation contact Ingleborough Cave on info@ingleboroughcave.co.uk or 015242 51242.

To enquire about the YDNPA’s Sustainable Development Fund call 01969 652337, email SDF@yorkshiredales.org.uk or visit http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/living-and-working/sdf

Picture: Tramper being driven by Bob Newing with Andrew Jarman, Ingleborough Cave Manager at Clapham Nature Trail entrance - taken by Debbie Boswell, YDMT

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