Our Guide to Man-made Barriers and Least Restrictive Access
The Disabled Ramblers works with many Government and other bodies (such as the National Trust) to improve access to the countryside for everyone.
While we cannot help in all individual cases, the links below might be useful.
To learn about Public Rights of Way and the Law, you might like to purchase “Rights Of Way: a guide to law and practice” commonly known as the ‘Blue Book’
The Open Spaces Society fights to protect Public Rights of Way, Village Greens, Commons and all Green & Open Spaces: Open Spaces Society
UNLAWFUL OBSTRUCTION TO FOOTPATHS, BRIDLEWAYS ETC.
DESIGNING FOR ACCESS
By All Reasonable Means: Least Restrictive Access
Environment Agency: Access for all design guide
Good Practice Guide (Fieldfare Trust): Information Sheets
GATES and OTHER BARRIERS
British Standard BS5709:2018 gives detailed advice on how to achieve the Least Restrictive Access.
We cannot publish this due to copyright restrictions. However, an overview is here: Understanding the British Standard for Gaps Gates and Stiles
National Land Access Centre. A wide variety of gates and other ‘furniture’ or barriers have been installed at the National Land Access Centre, Aston Rowant. To arrange a visit, contact: NLAC@naturalengland.org.uk
Video of the gates being used (1 to 10 are Bridle Gates. & 11 to 20 are Pedestrian Gates): National Land Access Centre on YouTube
The TWO-WAY, SELF-CLOSING GATE seems to be the easiest to use – if well maintained and if a simple Gap is unacceptable.
Centrewire supply a range of gates including two-way, self-closing. E.g. Aston 2-way-gate
If Kissing Gates must be used, we recommend the Centrewire Woodstock Large Mobility which can be opened wide with the use of a RADAR key.
See one in use from a mobility scooter here: RADAR Kissing Gate Opening on YouTube
GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS
Gov.UK gives the requirements for a scooter to be legal on pavements, roads and any public places: “Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs: the rules”
Gov.UK Section 20 states that an Invalid Carriage (scooter to us) is allowed on a Footpath: “Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970”
Natural England: “A Guide to Definitive Maps”
Guide to Local Access Forums
Open Spaces Society Links to Various Government Guidance
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