Walks without Stiles book


A Book describing the 32 best ‘Stile Free’ walks in the Yorkshire and Cumbria Dales

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32 of the best ‘Accessible’ walks (those without stiles) in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales.

Each walk includes

  • Detailed description of all 32 walks
  • Sketch map of each walk
  • Colour photography throughout the book
  • Facts and anecdotes on the walks and area

In addition, other local experts give their views on Accessible Accommodation, the Policies of the National Park on access and a case study from the Clapham estate near Settle.

The Forward is written by Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess & Patron of the ‘Access the Dales‘ Charity.

A collaboration between Debbie North, wheel chair user, and local walking guide Jonathan Smith, brings together 32 of the best ‘Accessible’ walks (those without stiles) in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales.

It is not just people like Debbie (a wheelchair user) who are frustrated by stiles on a walk. It is anyone who finds their walk impeded by man made obstacles. This may be those with a mountain bike, a push chair but more likely those with mobility difficulties due to ageing limbs, those who own less mobile dogs or simply those who find stile too awkward and annoying.

However that does not mean the walks are all short and easy. Any walk on a bridlepath for example must only have opening gates and no stiles. The walks described in the book vary in difficulty between short strolls of a mile or two to more strenuous walks including climbs of a selection of the ‘Dales 30’ mountains.


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