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Miles without Stiles easy routes

What are Miles without Stiles?

These are 48 routes across the National Park suitable for people with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, and the visually impaired. Use the interactive map below to explore the routes available or choose from the menu on the left.

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. Facilities such as toilets or bus timetables are subject to change.

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Route grades

Our grading system: for 'all', 'many', or 'some', is based on gradients and surface conditions. The grades are a guide only, so please weigh up your route choice carefully.

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

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 on Windermere, 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 £2.95 postage and packing.

Useful links

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

Weatherline local 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.


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

01539 724555

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

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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