Our top accessible walks
We’ve picked some of our favourite accessible trails, taking in gardens, coastal clifftops and rolling countryside. Well maintained paths and easy terrain make these routes suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility aids.
We want everyone to be able to get out and enjoy the countryside and enjoy the fresh air with friends and family. So, we've created multi-use trails that enable people to experience nature and wildlife without having to go off the beaten track.
We've also teamed up with our partners Cotswold Outdoor to create a new mini-series to get you inspired and prepared for your next adventure.
In this article:
- Following an accessible trail with Lizzie Daly
- Choose an accessible walk
- Wildlife to spot on a walk
- We need your support: Help us care for walking trails
In our four-part series, wildlife presenter Lizzie Daly explores how we look after the countryside so walkers can enjoy the view and nature can thrive. Throughout the series, she joins our rangers on a wide variety of walking trails that take in mountain summits, coastal landscapes, urban areas and accessible routes suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility aids.
There’s lots of wildlife to spot on multi-use trails at the parkland and countryside in our care.
Bethan Edmunds, area ranger at the Blickling Estate in Norfolk, tells us she has seen barn owls hunting in the long grass and kestrels nesting in ancient trees.
Lakes are also great places to spot different dragonfly species. But head to the woods if you want to see butterflies and wild flowers.
Different animals come out at different times of day. At dawn and dusk you're most likely to see deer, owls and bats.
Approach wildlife as quietly as you can and use binoculars if possible. Spotter guides can also help you identify what you see.
Our work with Cotswold Outdoor
As our exclusive walking partner, Cotswold Outdoor supports our work to look after special outdoor places for everyone to enjoy. Cotswold Outdoor gives us funding to help care for walking trails so more people can access the countryside. A proportion of the discount they offer our members and supporters also goes back into vital conservation work.
Footpaths allow us to access the landscapes we love but looking after them is tough and costly work. Remote locations, rough terrain and poor weather conditions often mean that it can take a full day to repair about two metres of stone-pitched footpath in an upland area. And at a cost of up to £180 per metre, it's expensive too.
- £4 could repair and maintain one metre of a coastal path
- £25 could buy a tonne of stone needed to surface paths and prevent erosion from rainfall
- £50 could pay for two minutes of helicopter flying time to move bags of stones to the paths that need fixing
Your support is more important than ever as we come to terms with the impact of the coronavirus. Thank you.