Access Laws

We are often asked for help on access issues. As a small Charity, we are not able to help in every individual case.  As a starting point, please refer to the following documents:

Gov.UK – Rules for class 3 invalid-carriages (mobility scooters)  Gives the requirements to be legal on pavements, roads and any public places. 

Gov.UK – “Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970” Section 20 states that an Invalid Carriage (scooter to us) is allowed on a Footpath

Gov.UK – “Public rights of way: rights and responsibilities”

Natural England – “By All Reasonable Means” which the Disabled Ramblers helped to write:

Natural England“A Guide to Definitive Maps”

DEFRA – Rights of Way Improvement Plan:

Environment Agency – “Access for all design guide“:

In general, remove all steps, stiles and, wherever possible, gates.


Centrewire supply a range of gates. 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:


A Guide to Bridle Gates – A Trial of Self-Closing Bridlegates. This report is the result of a trial of 10 self-closing bridle gates in order to determine the safest features overall for incorporation to new gates.


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