We want everyone to enjoy the national park and that’s why we’re working with others to develop and promote our accessible routes to make it even easier to explore this amazing place.
Our Miles without Stiles routes are suitable for people of all fitness levels and those with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and scooters, and the visually impaired. Some of the routes may also be ideal for young children to cycle on.
Our routes showcase the best of the Peak District. They provide access to amazing views, moorland expanses, intimate dales, dramatic geology, distinctive habitats, tranquil and undeveloped areas, and the history of the landscape. They are for enjoyment, escape, exploration, challenge and adventure, for confidence and independence, for everyone.
Steps, uneven surfaces, stiles, steep slopes, and lack of information, can limit access so for our Miles without Stiles routes we provide maps, photographs and a grading system to show whether they are accessible for ‘all’, ‘many’ or ‘some’ based on surface conditions and gradients.
For All – Gradients will be no more than 1:10. The surface will be tarmac or compacted stone with a diameter of 10mm or less. Suitable for pushchairs and unassisted wheelchairs.
For Many – Gradients may be up to 1:8 on newly built sections. The surfacing will be stone of 4cm diameter or less. Suitable for assisted wheelchairs and more robust, all-terrain type equipment.
For Some – Slopes greater than 1:8 will have improved surfacing or handrails. Stone surfacing will be less than 10cm in diameter and steps or breaks less than 10cm in height. Suitable for robust all-terrain type equipment and off-road mobility vehicles.
During National Parks Week we are running guided events on three Miles without Stiles routes. We hope that the route information will help you see what’s possible and that the guided events will help you discover more about the area with a helping hand where needed.
Please sign up to our Access and Rights of Way Newsletter for progress updates on our Miles without Stiles routes.