Walkers enjoying views from Tarn Hows copyright Charlie Hedley

Miles without Stiles accessible routes

What are Miles without Stiles?

Miles Without Stiles

These are 50 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.

7 for 70

As part of the celebrations for the Lake District National Park’s 70th birthday we have selected seven routes which we feel really show off the variety of landscapes and environments that the Lake District has to offer for all visitors, whilst encouraging people to explore those lesser known, yet equally beautiful, areas of the park. From Roman ruins to historic railway lines, hidden tarns to coastal villages, and plenty of lake shores in between, these seven routes are a must for anyone wanting to absorb what the Lake District really is.

Read our blog to find out more

The 7 routes are:

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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

Useful links

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

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.

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


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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