15 March 2019
To mark Disabled Access Day we have a guest blog from local charity Lake District Mobility to explain why our 48 accessible Miles without Stiles routes are a vital way to help everyone get out and about in the Park. On Disabled Access Day and every other day of the year.
We help people with reduced mobility to access the beautiful views of the Lake District and surrounding countryside with their family and friends. We are a non-profit charity who provide all-terrain vehicles, accessibility audits and presentations to make attractions and the outdoors more accessible for all.
We’ve just launched a new scheme at Langdale, and trampers can be hired from the Langdale Hotel, via the Leisure Centre. The trampers use the Lake District National Park's Miles without Stiles Route 11 and 43.
If the Lake District National Park had not put all the time and money into these routes not having stiles and being accessible, the scheme at Langdale Hotel certainly wouldn’t have been possible. This would have meant that people with limited mobility would not be able to get out on the same routes as everyone else.
Photo shows Lake District Mobility's Julia Walker at the Miles without Stiles route 11 at Skelwith Force.
The Lake District National Park granted Lake District Mobility £3,000 which enabled us to purchase a tramper. This money was gifted through the Lake District Communities Fund (LDCF) which has been created for projects which are led by, or of benefit to, the resident communities of the Lake District National Park.
This enables us to go out to potential hire sites and find out if their routes are suitable to lease a tramper from us. Each suitable hire site have their tracks and facilities assessed, to make sure the tramper users will be safe, the routes will not get eroded and that the public will know what accessibility facilities they have to offer. This is all crucial for us growing our network of sites around the National Park and Cumbria and making more places accessible to people with limited mobility.
Lake District Mobility would like to celebrate the hard work of Lake District National Park on its continued work in making the Park accessible to all.
Header image is Lake District Mobility's Karen Smith on Miles Without Stiles Route 43, to Dungeon Gyhll