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Outdoor Accessibility Guidance

Outdoor Accessibility Guidance is a good practice guide showing how to make the outdoors accessible for everyone, regardless of age, disability and circumstance.

Outdoor accessibility guidance: supporting inclusive outdoor access in the UK

Outdoor Accessibility Guidance is designed to help make our outdoor places and spaces, routes and facilities more accessible, and outdoor experiences more inclusive, so they can be enjoyed by everyone. It is written for anyone managing land for public access and recreation, including land managers, community trusts, community groups and volunteers, access and recreation teams and owners. It will also assist anyone involved in designing outdoor spaces, planning outdoor activities and creating communication materials.

Paths for All commissioned the Sensory Trust to write and design this new guidance, published April 2023. The guide updates and expands ‘Countryside for All’, which has been widely respected as a benchmark reference for improving access to the countryside across the UK since it was published in 1997.

The guide is designed as a practical reference with techniques, tools and design details to help people meet, and where possible exceed, their legislative duties under the Equality Act 2010. Examples of good practice show how these principles have been implemented on the ground, and signpost to further information and expertise.

"An inclusive approach doesn’t mean the same experience for everyone, but the combination of individual experiences adding up to something equally great for everyone."

Outdoor Accessibility Guidance provides practical information and examples on the following

  • adopting an inclusive approach as an organisation
  • undertaking an access review of a site or route
  • planning and prioritising access improvements
  • working with communities
  • creating inclusive activities and events
  • designing for comfort and flexibility
  • maintenance
  • access standards and recommendations
Front cover of the Outdoor Accessibility Guidance
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