Disability is limiting but it need not be confining.
his is the vision of Lancashire County Council’s Countryside Service working with partners like Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens. The popular visitor attraction just north of Preston has recently re-opened after its midwinter break.
Here we highlight its tramper trail. As well as providing access for those with disabilities this route is a marvellous walk in its own right.
A tramper is an especially designed all terrain buggy capable of traversing ground at a top speed of 5 mph. They are at once robust and simple to use. Readers wishing to use the tramper should contact Cobble Hey on 01995 602643 before their visit to check availability.
The tramper trail uses concessionary footpath as well as public rights of way. We suggest readers make a donation to the air ambulance service if going to Cobble Hey just to do the walk.
Directions: From the farm yard return to the drive. Immediately after the gate turn left onto a grassy track. Follow this with the gardens on the left and begin to ascend Peacock Hill. As the track levels out go through a gate to arrive at a superb view point which gives extensive views over the Fylde.
From the viewpoint continue to the next gate and once through bear left at a marker post. The trail drops gently to a wooden gate in a fence after which it crosses a large pasture to a wall. Here turn right to climb to Delph Lane.
As you reach the lane turn left through the gate into the adjoining field. From the corner bear diagonally right to a gate in a wall just above a small plantation.
The right of way goes left here to a gate in the opposite corner but trampers should go straight across the field. On the far side just before the wall turn left onto a stony track that leads down to the gate. Through the gate turn left onto the farm lane that leads down to the farm complex of Landskill.
As you enter the farm yard turn right and then left in front of the farmhouse. This leads to a gate and a grassy track. Keep ahead past a birdwatchers hide to a gate. Through this, follow the fence on the left and where it bends cross to a wooden gate on the left.
Through this turn right and keep ahead to where the path dips down to a brook and a metal gate. Go straight ahead to arrive at the rear of the farm.
Further Information: The Forest of Bowland AONB publish a leaflet “Wyresdale Wheels – Access for All” which gives information about trails around Scorton.
In addition there are detailed trail routes which are available at the Beacon Fell Visitor Centre or can be downloaded from www.forestofbowland.com
Food and drink: There is a café on the farm.
Walk devised by Lancashire County Council Countryside Service and described by Bob Clare. For more walks go to www.lancashirewalks.com.
Start: Cobble Hey Farm and Gardens. PR3 0QN GR = SD 545 455. From Junction 32 M6 turn right onto the A6. Head north passing through Broughton, Barton and Bilsborrow. After passing Barton Grange Garden Centre on the left turn right onto New Lane just before a service station. Immediately cross the Lancaster Canal and then the M6. At the next junction turn left into Lodge Road. After half a mile bear right into Smithy Lane. At the next junction turn left and keep on this lane as it bends to the right leading onto Butt Hill Lane. Continue for over a mile to reach the entrance drive of Cobble Hey.
Distance: 2 miles, 3.3k.
Time: 2 hours, tramper; 1 hour, walking.
Summary: Tramper Category 2. An easy walk.
Map: Map: OS OL 41 Forest of Bowland