A number of countryside sites in the Chilterns are accessible to people with limited mobility. Eleven sites are featured in a ‘Countryside Walks for All’ pack comprising walks likely to be suitable for people with impaired mobility and users of wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs. There is information on path surfaces, slope gradients, disabled parking and accessible toilets where available. You can see these walks on the interactive map.
We have produced a series of ‘easy access’ walks which are free of stiles and obstacles, fairly level and around 1-3 miles in length:
A pack of 13 ‘Walks for all in Oxfordshire’ has been produced by Oxfordshire County Council, suitable for those with reduced mobility, users of wheelchairs or mobility scooters and people with pushchairs and young families. The walks can be downloaded from www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/countryside or call 01865 810206.
We have developed a ‘Miles without Stiles’ publication which features 20 stile-free walks in the Chilterns, around 2-4 miles in length.
There is an 8 mile (13km) stretch of The Ridgeway (from Britwell Hill just west of Watlington to Wainhill on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border) which follows byways or bridleways that has no stiles, small kissing gates or high steps. However much of the surface of these byway and bridleway sections remains natural and can be rough as a result of use by horses and/or vehicles with ruts in some places. In some locations the surface can also become wet and muddy during and after wet weather. In other places on the Ridgeway the National Trails Team is working to replace obstructive stiles and small kissing gates with fully accessible gates, and in places to improve the surface. For further access information visit The Ridgeway website.
There are several stretches of the Thames Path which are level and free of barriers, making them suitable for the less mobile. For further information visit the Thames Path website.
The Thames Path National Trail Office has produced a pack of 12 walks suitable for people with reduced mobility, users of wheelchairs or mobility scooters and people with pushchairs and young families. The walks range from near the river's source in the Cotswolds to Hampton Court on the edge of London. Six of the walks are in (or on the edge of) the Chilterns.
Each walk, with its dedicated map, can be downloaded from the Thames Path website. Alternatively you can call 01865 810224 for a free pack.
The Chilterns Conservation Board helps to promote a wide range of guided walks and events, including some suitable for those with limited mobility. To find out more visit the Events section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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