Electric scooter on Coniston shoreline

Miles without Stiles accessible routes

Our 50 Miles without Stiles more accessible routes

Miles Without Stiles

Miles without Stiles are walking routes for everyone. They can take you along lake shores and riversides, to tarns and through woods, to historic remains, and to fell summits with amazing views.

As well as not having any stiles to climb up and over, they are more accessible routes suitable for people with limited mobility. This includes wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, the visually impaired, and anyone who wants an easier walk with no scrambling, climbing or steep hills. Use our interactive map below to explore where the routes are, or choose from the menu on the left.

Map of the 50 Miles without Stiles routes in the Lake District

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  • Staveley MWS

    Staveley Riverside, a short circular route along the River Kent.

  • Broughton MWS

    Broughton Miles without Stiles route follows a flat route along the old railway line.

  • Loughrigg Tarn in the sunshine

    Take a circular route around beautiful Loughrigg Tarn.

  • Electric scooter on Coniston shoreline

    You can get right to the water's edge on the Monk Coniston route.

  • View from Latrigg of Keswick, Derwentwater and surrounding fells

    View from Latrigg of Keswick, Derwentwater and surrounding fells

  • Keswick MWS scooter

    Derwentwater lake shore on the Friar's Crag Miles route.

  • The view from the summit of Orrest Head fell accessible path.

    The newly restored viewpoint at Orrest Head fell looking over Windermere lake below.

Our accessible route guides

Distances shown are in kilometres for a return trip unless otherwise stated. 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. Check the individual route pages for up to date information on route conditions. Facilities such as toilets or bus timetables are also subject to change.

Route grades

Our grading system: for 'all', 'many', or 'some', is based on gradients and surface conditions. The grades are a guide only, our aim is to give you information about the route and the terrain, so you can decide if its suitable for you.  Please be aware of your own, and your equipment’s capabilities and ensure your batteries are charged sufficiently if you need them. If you are unsure, maybe try a 'for all' route first, then a 'for many' route, before attempting a 'for some' route.

For all

  • Suitable for everyone, including pushchairs and people operating their own wheelchairs
  • Gradient: No more than 1:10
  • Surface: 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

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

For some

  • Strong and confident wheelchair users and helpers may find routes 'for some' within their abilities. May be suitable for off-road mobility scooters
  • Gradient: Gradients are not limited, but slopes greater than 1:8 will have improved surfacing, or handrails
  • Surface: There may be some low steps or breaks in the surface up to 10 cm in height. Stone surface material may be up to 10 cm in diameter

Planning your visit

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

Tramper hire is available from Lake District Mobilty

TGA Mobility – a specialist provider of mobility scooters for off road terrain.

Weatherline Lake District weather forecast - 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.

Get in touch with your feedback

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

01539 724555


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

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