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Accessible Dartmoor

Dartmoor is the first UK National Park to try Genny XR

Date: Friday 13th November

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Committee Room at Parke 

 

 

Dartmoor is a beautiful area, great for walking and exploring – but what if you have some form of disability and cannot just head off for a stroll?

The Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) is set to become the first National Park to test the Genny XR – an innovative powered wheelchair based upon Segway technology. This high-tech device enables people with disabilities to move safely in spaces that were formerly inaccessible to them. 

Genny comes to Dartmoor, the first UK National Park to test drive                          

Local businesswoman Lisa Jenkins, who owns the website Dartmoor Accommodation, is the driving force in bringing the Genny to Dartmoor. Lisa is disabled herself, having suffered from juvenile chronic arthritis from the age of 6. “Living and working where I do, I am acutely aware of how frustrating it can be for people with mobility issues to be able to get out and enjoy this glorious countryside. That’s why I am so excited about bringing the Genny to the National Park,” she said. “My business is the advertising of holiday accommodation so being able to show people with disabilities that we have not only got accessible accommodation for them, but also the means to go out and enjoy the countryside independently is a really important development.”

Lisa has arranged for the manufacturers of the ‘Genny’ to bring several XR off road powered wheelchairs in different colours and setups along with a MONO, the manual lightweight wheelchair. Paralympian, Matt Sealy, who plays Wheelchair Basketball and was a member of TeamGB at London 2012, will also be on hand to test drive the Genny.

Lisa’s initiative is supported by Dartmoor National Park Authority, Countryside Mobility South West, Simon Dell at Moorland Guides and the National Trust in Dartmoor. “I am delighted that the Dartmoor National Park Authority is supporting me in this move towards increasing access to the moor and that it is hosting the event at Parke, its headquarters on the edge of Bovey Tracey”.

Lisa sees this as the start of a much larger project, as she is pleased to announce that her company, Dartmoor Accommodation, will be organising an annual ‘Accessible Dartmoor Day’ as part of the Dartmoor Walking Festival which is planned for 27 August to 4th September 2016.

Come and take a test drive for yourself ….

If you are interested in coming along to see Genny for yourself please email lisa@dartmooraccommodation.co.uk as spaces are limited attendance is strictly by invite only

Refreshments will be available

If you are planning on visiting Dartmoor don't forget to check out our list of Accessible Accommodation