Our Guide to Man-made Barriers and Least Restrictive Access  PDF Document

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  


You can serve notice on the local Council to have obstructions removed
under Section 130A of the Highways Act. 
To do this you complete this Form



By All Reasonable Means: Least Restrictive Access

Environment AgencyAccess for all design guide

Good Practice Guide (Fieldfare Trust): Information Sheets 

Paths for All (AScottish Charity) has several resources including the following:
Lowland Path Construction Guide
The Path Manager’s Guide to Grading



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:
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  

See one in use from a mobility scooter here: Two-Way, Self-Closing gate on YouTube
It uses the Easy Latch to enable single-handed use: Easy Latch

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 



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

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

Class 3 Scooter use on roads   Department of transport regulations regarding powered wheelchairs and scooters.

Natural England“A Guide to Definitive Maps”

Natural England  Advice and links to keep you safe and ensure you get the best enjoyment possible from your visit.

DEFRA“Rights of Way Improvement Plans” 

Guide to Local Access Forums 

Open Spaces Society Links to Various Government Guidance

The Institute of Public Rights of Way Officers  The professional body which represents over 350 individuals who are involved in the management of public rights of way in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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