Walkers opening gate in the Langdale valley copyright Charlie Hedley
Walkers opening gate in the Langdale valley

Miles without Stiles easy routes

What are Miles without Stiles?

These are 42 routes across the National Park suitable for people with limited mobility. Wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, dog walkers with less active dogs and the visually impaired can choose from the list on the left.

Route grades

Grading is based on gradients and surface conditions. Distances shown are in kilometres for a return trip. Please take special care on roads. In general, you should use the right side of the road to be seen by oncoming traffic.

Routes for all

Means suitable for everyone, including pushchairs and people operating their own wheelchairs. Gradients will be no more than 1:10. The surface will be tarmac or smooth, compacted stone with a diameter of 10 mm or less. Path width will be a minimum of 1 metre with passing places.

For many

Means suitable for assisted wheelchair users and those with more robust, all-terrain type buggies. Existing gradients no more than 1:10, although newly built gradients can be up to 1:8. The path surface will be rougher stone of 4 cm diameter or less.

For some

Gradients are not limited, but slopes greater than 1:8 will have improved surfacing, or handrails. There may be some low steps or breaks in the surface up to 10 cm in height. Stone surface material may also be up to 10 cm in diameter.

Strong and confident wheelchair users and helpers may find routes 'for some' within their abilities. But please weigh up your route choice carefully.

Facilities such as toilets or bus timetables are subject to change. Path conditions can change and be damaged, or eroded, by rain and bad weather. We do our best to carry out repairs quickly, but occasionally a route is closed, or diverted, for essential repairs.

Useful links

Getting around for details on public transport. Please check with Traveline if the bus is wheelchair accessible.

Weatherline local weather forecast (opens new window) - weather is changeable, no matter where you are. Be prepared. Wear appropriate footwear and consider taking waterproofs, food and a drink if you are tackling any of the longer routes.

Like the routes? Buy the lot!

All the Miles without Stiles routes are available as removable A5-sized sheets in a cardboard ring binder that includes a plastic wallet for protection from the rain. It costs £5.00 and is available from our Information Centres, Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, our head office - see contact details below - and all good bookshops in Cumbria. You can also order a copy from the head office for £5.00, plus £2.00 postage and packing.

Sign up for updates

Major changes to routes or new routes will appear on this website. If you'd like to know about them, please give us your:

  • Name
  • Address including postcode
  • Main telephone and mobile numbers
  • Email
  • Any general comments

Please also let us have your comments on the routes. Feedback is invaluable.

You can either email us at hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk, call 01539 724555 or post to:

Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal LA9 7RL

This information will only be held for the purposes of circulating Miles without Stiles information. Your details will not be used for any other purpose by the LDNPA and will not be given to any other organisation.

Thank you

Thanks to the many organisations who have helped us create these routes including:

Cumbria County Council, National Trust, Forestry Commission, Tourism and Conservation Partnership, Bassenthwaite Reflections, Environment Agency, Friends of the Lake District, United Utilities, Parish Councils and private landowners

Parts of these maps are based upon © Intermap Technologies Inc. All rights reserved DlaK001 2009 Copyright GeoPerspectives Copyright LDNPA

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