Here in the Yorkshire Dales we have some of the most spectacular showcaves in the UK. If you have difficulties with mobility, visits to places such as these can be a non-starter, so it was fantastic to hear about the all-terrain powered wheelchair which has opened at the foothills of Ingleborough in October this year, and, Ingleborough Cave is now the UK’s only fully wheelchair accessible showcave.
The chair, known as a tramper, is available free of charge by pre-arrangement from the entrance to the Ingleborough Estate Nature Train in Clapham.
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 Farrar. 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 Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 015242 51242.