Residents and visitors who use mobility scooters and like to get out and about in the country air will be pleased to know that a new style and step free circular walking route has been unveiled in North Yorkshire.
The Cleveland Way National Trail is one of the most visited parts of North Yorkshire and offers spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales and the Vale of Mowbray.
Now, the 5.3-mile route also takes in some of the Cliff Bike Trail that already existed, so mobility scooter and wheelchair users can weave and meander through the woods and under the canopies of the towering trees above.
Mobility scooter trails
Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer for the Cleveland Way, told the York Press: “This is a great day walk which will suit some people who use a wheelchair, mountain trike or a mobility scooter. There is a lot of variety with the Cleveland Way escarpment and the woods at Hambleton Plantation to enjoy. It is a perfect way to enable people to have easier access to the beautiful North York Moors.”
The new walkway is just one of many outdoor attractions being improved to cater for the needs of disabled people and mobility technology users. With the help of the newly launched mobile app which identifies many of the UK’s leading and most popular attractions accessible for mobility scooter users, it’s becoming easier than ever to explore the great outdoors.
Ian Lawson, a member of the Disabled Access Group for the North York Moors National Park, said: “It’s wonderful to see this new circular walk open up at Sutton Bank providing spectacular views across the Vale of Mowbray.
“The stile and step free walk provides greater access for people with impaired mobility, enabling them to enjoy the special qualities of the National Park.”