Accessible outdoor environments


By All Reasonable Means. 2004. Natural England's national guidance publication, produced by Sensory Trust. Design guidance and standards for greenspace site fabric, facilities and features. Free download from this website.

Easy Access to Historic Landscapes. 2004. English Heritage's national guidance publication, co-written and designed by Sensory Trust. Design guidance and standards for heritage landscape fabric, facilities and features, balancing heritage conservation with improved access. Free download from this website.

Grounds for Sharing: A guide to developing special school sites. 1996. Handbook by Jane Stoneham for Learning through Landscapes. Design guidance, enhanced learning opportunities, sensory-rich environments for young disabled people. Available from our bookshop.

A Good Practice Guide to Countryside Access for Disabled People. CD version 2005. Guide by Fieldfare Trust. Design guidance, standards and examples of good practice for improving outdoor access.

Inclusive mobility. 2005. Guidance by Department for Transport. Design guidance and standards for the urban environment. Free download.

Designing for accessibility. By Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE). Design guidance and standards for indoor and outdoor environments.

Building regulations Approved document Part M. Access standards in relation to DDA, building-related but many are relevant to outdoor environments, e.g. toilets, steps, handrails etc

Good Loo Design Guide. 2004. Guide by CAE. Spatial layout and design, equipment, colour contrast, handles and rails.


The Fieldfare Trust - Working with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone.

Department for Transport Inclusive Mobility - Design guide covering technical access criteria for the built environment.

I'DGO - Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors, research consortium with a focus on improving accessibility for older people

National Center on Accessibility - An organisation committed to the full participation in parks, recreation and tourism by people with disabilities in the USA.

Paths for All - An organisation promoting the development of path networks and multi-use trails in Scotland.

Research group for inclusive environments - research body with a focus on accessibility of buildings and built environment.

Rough Guide to Accessible Britain - free online guide to accessible days out across the UK.

Tourism for All - Information for disabled people and all those concerned with accessible tourism in the UK.

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