Bannau Brycheiniog National Park champions accessibility with the launch of new Terrain Rider

Posted on 20 Jul 2023

Man riding tramper at national park visitor centre with pen y fan as the back drop

Bannau Brycheiniog National Park has purchased a Terrain Rider, an all-terrain mobility scooter to improve accessibility to the stunning landscape surrounding its visitor centre. This has been made possible with funding from the Welsh Government’s Brilliant Basics fund. The official unveiling took place at the National Park Visitor Centre in Libanus on Thursday, 13th July 2023.

The event was attended by representatives from Disabled Ramblers, the Local Access Forum (LAF), Accessibility Powys, Brecknock Access Group, Brilliant Basics, staff, members, volunteers and other individuals who have contributed to the development of this project.

The introduction of the Terrain Rider signifies Bannau Brycheiniog National Park’s commitment to making the Park’s landscapes and outdoor activities accessible to individuals of all abilities. This specially designed mobility vehicle will enable visitors with mobility challenges to explore and experience the Park’s natural wonders from designated routes on Mynydd Illtyd next to the Visitor Centre. The Rider comes as part of a suite of changes, which include extra disabled parking spaces, more accessible paths and a Changing Places disabled toilet facility.

The Terrain Rider features advanced technology, allowing it to traverse various terrains. Its durable construction and adaptable design make it suitable for navigating diverse landscapes, including trails, pathways, and gradients and will help individuals with limited mobility observe its wildlife, and connect with nature.

“We are pleased to introduce the Terrain Rider to the National Park Visitor Centre, furthering our commitment to enhancing accessibility within the Park,” said Wayne Lewis, Commercial Manager at Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. “This initiative reflects our dedication to ensuring that everyone can enjoy the wonders of our National Park. We extend our gratitude to the Welsh Government Brilliant Basics fund, Disabled Ramblers, the Local Access Forum, Brecknock Access Group, and all those involved in making this vision a reality.”

The launch of the Terrain Rider demonstrates Bannau Brycheiniog National Park’s dedication to providing an inclusive experience for all visitors. By promoting accessibility, the Park aims to empower individuals of all abilities to engage with nature and create lasting memories within the remarkable landscapes that define Bannau Brycheiniog.

For more information about the Terrain Rider and to book it for use, please visit: Terrain rider | Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority.