Access in the Outdoors

During the past 10 years I have become involved in the promotion of access in the outdoors and fells of England through my friends Debbie and Andy North. They are genuine champions of a ‘can do’ attitude.

About Debbie and Andy

Debs is an inspiration to anyone for for whom life has thrown them a curved ball. I met her and Andy her husband in Malham a number of years ago and was immediately impressed by her positivity and enthusiasm.

Debbie was diagnosed with a degenerative spine and is confined to a wheelchair but absolutely determined to make the best of it. Not just for herself but also for others who have issues accessing the outdoors. Over the past 10 years she has helped the National Trust, The Outdoor Guide and the Yorkshire Dales National Park provide suitable accessible walks across the country.

Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion

In 2019 Debbie became one of the Ordnance Survey Get Outside Champions. As a major part of this she will be writing blogs and promoting access across the country. Read them here.

It is her personal achievements listed elsewhere on this page which will Provide the inspiration for others though, have a read.


Accessibility in the Outdoors

How about some Munros?

One of Debbie’s characteristics that is so good is that if ever there is a discussion on anything she simply…

The Dales 30

One of Debbie’s challenges is to climb as many of the Dales 30 mountains as possible. The Dales 30 are…

Climbing Blencathra & Skiddaw

A few days off and Debbie was up for a challenge. Checking the weather it looked like a couple of…

Life Changing

Debbie describes how Accessthedales started, how she left her head teacher role and became a champion for the outdoors.  “What…

Gordale Scar, a revelation

Debbie describes a visit to Gordale Scar, near Malham in the Yorkshire Dales which certainly opened up my eyes to…

High Cup Nick in Spring..ish

We arrived in the lovely village of Dufton for a mid week walk up to High Cup Nick. It was…

Debbie on the Coast to Coast

‘You are crackers‘ were the words I used when responding to Debbie after she announced that her and her husband Andy were…