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.
High Court – Court of Appeal Judgement
This judgement seems to make it wrong in law to stop lawful use of a Right of Way in order to prevent illegal use. For example, perhaps, with Motorcycle Barriers.
Garland & Salaman v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
At the end of the Judgement is this:
41.Mr Salaman’s second point was that in practice motorcycles use the route, notwithstanding that they are not entitled to do so, and that they are a menace to pedestrians. I have considerable sympathy with this complaint but the motorcycles are not lawfully there and their presence raises an issue of law enforcement. It is difficult to see how denying bicycles the right to use the route would stop motorcycles, unless the argument is that if bicycles are forbidden to use the track, there is less chance that motorcycles will do so. Even if that is true, however, it cannot possibly be justified to prevent bicycles from taking advantage of what would otherwise be a lawful use of the track in order to inhibit the unlawful use by motorcycles.
DESIGNING FOR ACCESS
This is a 2023 update of ‘Countryside for All‘ which was produced by the ‘Fieldfare Trust’. The charity ‘Paths for All’ have been given the copyright to ‘Countryside for All’ and together with ‘The Sensory Trust’ have produced this guide.
By All Reasonable Means: Least Restrictive Access
Pittecroft Trust: Understanding the British Standard for Gaps Gates and Stiles
BS 5709:2018 gives detailed guidance on achieving Least Restrictive Access.
Pittecroft Trust: Understanding the DEFRA Guidance
Pittecroft Trust: Ownership of Paths
Pittecroft Trust: The Equality Act & BS 5709
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
DEFRA Guidance on Authorising Structures (gaps, gates & stiles) on Public Rights of Way
Inclusive Mobility a Government Document
Environment Agency: Access for all design guide
British Horse Society https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/free-leaflets-and-advice
Sustrans Design Guide:
Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plans. Technical Guidance for local Authorities
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.
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.
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”
Class 3 Scooter use on roads Department of transport regulations regarding powered wheelchairs and scooters.
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