The power in your words
Since Lake District Mobility launched its first Tramper at Whinlatter Forest Park in May 2018, we have recorded nearly 300 Tramper visits, signed up 85 annual Lake District Mobility members and launched another Tramper scheme in the Langdales.
During this time you have sent us countless, heartwarming tales and photos of your trips and many encouraging messages of support.
Thank you for your messages!
As we beaver away in our office, far from the valleys, forests and hills, we really appreciate you telling us about your experiences using the Trampers and what it has meant to you to get out and about in the glorious Lake District. Helping you to get out and enjoy the outdoors is, after all, the very reason we do what we do.
"Our daughter and grandchildren were visiting ... I always like to take them on a Lake district walk ... Grandma is disabled and can only walk very short distances, so she usually has to stay home, or potter around the shops while we enjoy the countryside. It meant the world to her, and the kids, that she was able to join us." Mr G. Lancashire
But we don't just want to hear the feel good stories. Oh no! We also want to hear from you when things haven't gone well, or if you think we could do something better. Your feedback helps us see where we need to improve things and what we should focus on. And of course, if something goes wrong, we want to fix it!
The most regular comment on what we could do to improve things is to increase the number of sites and routes for Tramper access. We completely agree with you.
In this past year, we have been working in partnership with Calvert Trust and are looking forward to two Tramper routes launching there soon. We think these will be very popular additions to the routes in Lake District. We have also been working with North Yorks Moors National Park and anticipate the imminent launch of two routes there. But we want to do more. That is why we actively engage with potential sites, visit outdoor attractions and network with potential partners. Our ambition is to make Lake District truly accessible for everyone with Tramper access opening up wide swathes of the countryside for all.
Your comments and feedback helps us tell potential partners about the benefits of the Tramper scheme. Most crucially, your feedback is very powerful in helping us persuade funders that by investing in us, they are investing in your wellbeing! When you tell us that you would like to have more routes at more sites across the Lake District, we pass your message on.
So please, keep telling us about your Tramper trips and what you think we should do to improve what we do. We really, really want to hear from you. And of course, if you know of an outdoor attraction, a route or a beautiful bit of countryside you think we should set up with a Tramper, let us know!
There is power in your words.
"We tried one out at Whinlatter last year and it was such a great experience ... It showed us what the possibilities were and how great it was to be able to still get out and about in nature ... This scheme changes peoples lives". Mr and Mrs S. West Cumbria